Military Aviation

  • New Russian Strategic Bomber May Takeoff Sooner

    Russian “Sputniknews” is reporting that work on the all-new Russian stealthy strategic bomber PAK DA is coming along at a good pace. According to the Chief of the Russian Air and Space Forces, the prototype may hit the skies well before 2021. Russia’s prospective complex of distant aviation (PAK DA) is a proposed next-generation strategic…

  • Final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III leaves Long Beach

    Today, the final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III has departed the company’s plant in Long Beach, Calif., marking the official end of aircraft production in Long Beach. The airlifter flew over a crowd and the facility before heading to the company’s San Antonio location, where it will remain until delivery to the Qatar Emiri Air Force…

  • RIAT 2015 Photo Dump – Royal International Air Tattoo

    RIAT 2015 Photo Dump – Royal International Air Tattoo

    Like every year, we’ve been at RIAT 2015 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford (UK) and it was breathtaking! Of course, this year’s focus was the Vulcan XH558 farewell tour. By end of this flying season, under Civil Aviation Authority regulations, the Vulcan will be prohibited from flying forever. Sad sad! It’s really a…

  • Boeing Delivers 300th CH-47F Chinook to U.S. Army

    Boeing has delivered the 300th CH-47F Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army. The CH-47F has a modernized airframe, Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) cockpit that improves crew situational awareness and the Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS), which offers enhanced flight-control capabilities for the multitude of conditions in which the helicopter is used. “The Chinook…

  • Embraer – Roll out of KC-390

    Embraer has rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport. This will allow the Company to perform important ground tests prior to the aircraft’s first flight, planned to take place by the end of this year. Following the rollout, the aircraft will continue with initial systems evaluations leading to the first engine run,…

  • Sikorsky to reveal S-97 Raider

    Sikorsky will be revealing the new, top secret, S-97 Raider to the general public for the very first time on October 2nd! The Sikorsky S-97 Raider is a high-speed scout and attack helicopter based on the Sikorsky X2 demonstrator. The S-97 features coaxial main rotors and a pusher propeller, making the S-97 a compound helicopter.…

  • Turkey – First Boeing Peace Eagle Aircraft

    Boeing is helping Turkey improve its self-defense capabilities with the recent delivery of the first Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) now has advanced airborne surveillance and battle management capabilities, and can simultaneously track airborne and maritime targets, with the first of four AEW&C aircraft it has received…

  • First Delivery of Airbus Military A400M

    Today, more than 700 people celebrated the delivery of the first production Airbus A400M new generation airlifter to the French Air Force at a ceremony at the Airbus Military Final Assembly Line (FAL) at Seville, Spain. The aircraft, the first of 50 ordered by France and of a total of 174 on order, will be…

  • Image – F/A-18 Hornet Top Gun

    Top Gun Tom Cruise always flies with you, even in an F/A-18 Hornet. 😀 Let’s rock Maverick! Screen cap taken from this awesome video: F/A-18 Hornet Vapor Fun

  • Last Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Delivered to US Air Force

    Boeing delivered the 223rd and last U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, fulfilling the production contract more than 20 years after the first delivery. Since the aircraft’s first flight Sept. 15, 1991, it has been the world’s only strategic airlifter with tactical capabilities that allow it to fly between continents, land on short, austere runways,…

  • Pictures of Advanced Super Hornet with Stealth and Range Improvements

    During three weeks of flight testing the Advanced Super Hornet, Boeing and partner Northrop Grumman demonstrated improvements that make the jet much harder for radar to detect and give it significantly more combat range. Through 21 flights in St. Louis and Patuxent River, Md., that began Aug. 5, the team tested conformal fuel tanks (CFT),…

  • HD Video of the Day – Antonov AN-225 Takeoff at Manchester

    An amazing HD video with lots of close-up scenes of the Antonov AN-225 Mriya taking off from Manchester Airport (EGCC) on 26 June 2013. The Antonov An-225 Mriya (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрія, NATO reporting name: “Cossack”) is the largest airplane in the world. It is the heaviest aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 640…

  • Dornier Do-17 Bomber Raised from English Channel

    BBC is reporting that a German Dornier Do-17 bomber from WW2 has been raised from English Channel. Experts believe the German plane is the last remaining intact Dornier Do-17 bomber in existence. However parts of the fragile wreck of the plane are missing and the fuselage was damaged when it was shot down on 26…

  • Interesting Facts About a Not So Common Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

    Do you like some military aviation trivia? What kind of aircraft is this? Right, it’s a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy – but not a common one! This is a Lockheed C-5C Galaxy and only one of just two in the world. The C-5C features more cargo capacity than A and B models due to removal of…

  • Bell unveils V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Concept

    Bell Helicopter revealed today the Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor concept, its offering for the U.S. Army Joint Multi Role/Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Technology Demonstrator (JMR/TD). The V-280 Valor is a clean sheet design to meet the Army’s medium-size requirement for as many as 4,000 aircraft in the coming years, replacing both the UH-60 Black Hawk…

  • F-35B STOVL Aircraft Carrier Operations Video

    An awesome HD video about Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant (STOVL) performing carrier operation testing aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1).

  • Saudi Arabia Operates First A330 MRTT

    Airbus announced that Saudi Arabia has placed its first Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport into operational service into the Royal Saudi Air Force fleet. The clearance was given by Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khaled bin Sultan during a dedication ceremony held earlier in the week at Riyadh Airbase. This Airbus A330 MRTT is…

  • Video of Latest Test Flight of Chengdu J-20

    This video from Jan. 21, 2013 shows the latest test flight of the Chinese fifth generation stealth fighter Chengdu J-20, in Chengdu, China. On takeoff it seems to be so loud it set off car alarms. The J-20 may have lower supercruise speed, yet greater range, and less agility than the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor…

  • Photo – F-35B at Sunset

    This beautiful shot shows a Lockheed Martin F-35B (BF-4) returning to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., at sunset after completing a test flight. Click for fullsize (2357 x 3000) – Photo by Lockheed Martin The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the aircraft. Similar in size to the A…

  • Video – C130 Flies Into Hurricane Sandy

    A Hurricane Hunter USAF Lockheed WC-130J Hercules assigned to the 53rd Reconnaissance Squadron located at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi flies into Hurricane Sandy off the East Coast of the United States. 29 Oct 2012. Video by Tech. Sgt. J Wilcox 1st Combat Camera Squadron. The 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (AFRC), also known by its nickname,…

  • Youngest B-52 Stratofortress Turns 50

    Today marks 50 years since Boeing delivered its last B-52 Stratofortress to the U.S. Air Force. H-model bomber 61-040 was assigned to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., where it remains in active service. Boeing built 744 B-52s, in eight different models, from 1952 to 1962. The Air Force fleet today comprises 76 H-models – two…