fighter jets

The Perfection Of Jet Takeoffs From Aircraft Carriers In One Photo

Fighter jets and aircraft carriers and fighter jets taking off of aircraft carriers are some of our favourite things in the world for so many reasons. One of them is just how perfect each launch has to be. Just look at how the wheels of the jet reach the end of the aircraft carrier as the fighter jet achieves lift off.


Watch A B-2 Bomber Refuel And Then Make Its Fuel Receptacle Disappear

Video: Damn, that thing really is stealth. This video shows how the B-2 stealth bomber refuels and rotates its fuel receptacle so that it can maintain its stealth. You see the receptacle in clear view when it’s ready for fuel but after it’s all filled up, it’s gone and the whole plane is back to being undetected.


Cool Video Shows MiG-29 Fighter Jet Taking Off From Aircraft Carrier

Video: Here’s awesome footage from underneath a MiG-29 showing the fighter jet taking off from an aircraft carrier. The view is insane, you see the jets fire up and watch the world turn blurry as the MiG launches itself into the air. There’s a sort of peaceful awesomeness when it starts flying.


The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able To Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

Last year, Australia dramatically boosted its order of the still-in-development, problem-prone F-35 stealth fighter. Now a new report says the jet’s 25mm cannon won’t be operational until 2019 at the earliest. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn’t even need the gun to begin with.


You Can Buy An Ejector Seat From An F-4 Phantom For Quick Escapes

If you’re an aviation enthusiast, there’s a lot of fun stuff to be found in Boeing’s online store. But none are as unique — and some would say even historic — as this authentic de-commissioned ejector seat from an McDonnell F-4 Phantom II fighter jet, one of the US military’s workhorses of the Vietnam War.


How Fighter Jets Lock On (And How The Targets Know)

The primary technology that a military aircraft uses to lock and track an enemy aircraft is its onboard radar. Aircraft radars typically have two modes: search and track. In search mode, the radar sweeps a radio beam across the sky in a zig-zag pattern. When the radio beam is reflected by a target aircraft, an indication is shown on the radar display. In search mode, no single aircraft is being tracked, but the pilot can usually tell generally what a particular radar return is doing because with each successive sweep, the radar return moves slightly.


The New Striker II Is The World's Most Advanced Fighter Pilot Helmet

Having great reaction speeds is one thing, but for a fighter pilot to be performing at their best these days they need the most advanced equipment available to them. And when it comes to helmets, they don’t come any more advanced than BAE’s Striker II.


Taking Photos From Inside Fighter Jets Is The Coolest Job Ever

For all the boring photography jobs out there — weddings, corporate, etc — Sergeant Larry Reid Jr did pretty well to avoid them all and land one of the most thrilling jobs imaginable. He is the photographer for the Air Force Thunderbirds. His job is to fly with the team and document their amazing flights.


The Designer Of The F-16 Explains Why The F-35 Is Such A Crappy Plane

According to the Pierre Sprey, co-designer of the F-16, the F35 is a turkey. Inherently, it’s a terrible aeroplane. An aeroplane built for a dumb idea. A kludge that will fail time and time again. Judging from the bajillion times the F-35 fleet has been grounded, well, he’s probably not wrong.


The F-35 Fleet Was Grounded Again For The Bajillionth Time

The Pentagon grounded its very expensive and very problematic F-35 fleet over the weekend due to an apparent engine oil leak. Within a day or so, the US military inspected all 104 of the jets, three of which did not pass the tests. The rest are now back in the air.