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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.


What Happens When A Normal Guy Gets To Fly In A Thunderbird F-16

You can just see it in his eyes. It’s a combination of fear, disbelief in what he’s seeing, discomfort and general awesomeness blended together. It’s like he’s saying, “Holy crap what did I just get myself into oh my god this is fantastic wait how long can I last before I pass out.”


Video: Look How Close Blue Angels Fighter Jets Fly Together

Absurd. Like, seriously. Look at this fleet of Blue Angels jet planes fly in a perfect pattern in a practice session. The flight pattern they were practicing, I’m assuming here, is called “Let’s get these flying metal beasts as close as possible so that one inch of a mistake will kill us all”. The wing of one plane is right on top of the cockpit of the other. Nuts, these guys.


This Swarming Horde Of Black Stealth Fighter Jets Is Not A Movie Scene

We’re not preparing to fight the aliens. This isn’t a scene from Independence Day 2. It’s just a throwback photo of 25 — yes, 20 five — Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk black stealth fighter jets celebrating its 25th anniversary back in 2006. What a beautifully intimidating celebration of power it was.


McLaren Is Using Fighter Jet Technology For Wiper-free Windshields

Anyone who’s ever driven in a southern thunderstorm knows that windshield wipers suck. They smear water more than they remove it, and, my God, is that “whip-flick” sound annoying.