jets

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.


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.


Watch A Pair Of F-18s Refuel In Mid-Air Near The RAAF Base In Tindal, NT

Flying a fighter jet has to be one of the few activities that triggers both excitement and terror. I’m sure a trained pilot experiences the former more than the latter, but I can only imagine the nerves needed to successfully dock with a tanker craft in mid-air. If you’re curious as to how such a manoeuvre is conducted, here’s a clip showing two F/A-18s hooking up with a KC-130, near the Royal Australian Air Force base in Tindal, Northern Territory.


Incredibly Realistic 3D Renders Of Fighter Planes

Anders Lejczak loves aeroplanes. He’s also a great 3D artist capable of capturing every detail of anything from Spitfires to MiGs to F-16s with incredible realism. So realistic, in fact, that I have trouble distinguishing some of these renderings from real photos.


These A-10 Warthogs Look Like Perfect Miniatures But They Are Real

Photo: These A-10 Warthogs have to be models shot against a gradient background, right? Wrong, apparently. It’s an official US Air Force photo straight from their Flickr account, taken by Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel with a crappy Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS, according to the EXIF data.