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Fascinating Photos Reveal How They Built The SR-71 Blackbird

Built and designed in the 1960s after the A-12 Oxcart, the SR-71 Blackbird is still the fastest, most vanguard-ist air-breathing aeroplane in the history of aviation. These once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built both birds in secret, in California. They look taken at the Rebel base in Hoth.


How The Pentagon Plans To Launch Rockets Into Orbit Using Jet Fighters

Video: DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access is not a new idea. In fact, they have been working on it for some time. Now the Pentagon’s research arm have a neat concept video to show us how they are planning to put stuff in low earth orbit. You know, like satellites and other secret things.


F-35 Lightning II Gets Turned Into Iceblock By Giant Fridge

Photo: Here’s Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II undergoing tests in extreme freezing weather conditions.


Timeline Shows The Potential Future Of Russia's Next-Gen Fighter Jet

Here’s the potential timeline for Russia’s T-50 PAK-FA, the fifth generation multi-role fighter that will get the designation Su-50 once it gets into production in January 2016. The nemesis to the American F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II will fly with the flag of Russia, South Korea, India and Iran.


Impressive Photo Of The F-35 Lightning II With All Its Weaponry Lined Up

Photo: Lockheed Martin sent us this impressive shot by Matt Short of the F-35 Lightning II showing all the weaponry it can carry. Of course, it can’t carry everything you see at the same time, just a few of them. But it’s designed to carry — and fire — any of them.


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.


This May Be The Coolest, Most Futuristic Bomber Ever Built

While the Saab 35 Draken may be the coolest, most futuristic combat jet ever made, when it comes to bombers that title goes to the XB-70 Valkyrie, a gigantic supersonic strategic nuclear bomber that never entered service. Seriously, when I say gigantic I really mean it. This thing is unbelievable — check the image below.


Amazing Ultra-High Definition Photo Of The SR-71 Blackbird Cockpit

Photo: I still get the chills when I re-read Brian Shul’s account of his Blackbird flight against enemy SAM batteries over Libya. Imagine yourself inside that tight SR-71 cockpit with all the alarms sounding. This cool 360-degree virtual reality view will help.


Impressive 1980s Photo Of Old Jet Fighters Flying Over Giza's Pyramids

Photo: I’m completely nerd-gasming out over this image of old jet fighters flying over the pyramids of Giza during operation Bright Star in 1983. If I’m not mistaken, I see from left to right, top to bottom: F-4 Phantom, Mirage (III?), MiG-19, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-14 Tomcat, A-6 Intruder, MiG-21, and A-7 Corsair.


This May Be The Most Incredible Aeroplane Film I've Ever Seen

Video: If you have never seen the 2005 French movie Les Chevaliers du Ciel (Sky Fighters) and you like aviation or just spectacular cinematography, you should rent it. The movie itself is as bad as Top Gun, but the combat aeroplane sequences are probably the best ever filmed. Here are its best moments.