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Nobody Would Have Believed This Photo 70 Years Ago

Looking at this picture, it is hard to believe that the United States and Australia were in a bloody no quarter war against Japan only 70 years ago: Spot the Mitsubishi F-2 escorting a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, the direct heir of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


A Crucial F-35 Fighter Component Is Being Built On Sydney's North Shore

The Lane Cove West Business Park on Sydney’s north shore is a sleepy little place, but inside one of its buildings, behind these doors, something very high-tech is being created. Rockwell Collins Australia, a subsidiary of its American parent, is hard at work building an integral part of the world-class sensor suite that goes into the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.


This Globemaster Is Getting Angry Because It's Hungry For Cargo

This lovely night shot shows the abdomen of the second largest military transport aircraft made in the United States. I can almost hear the C-17 Globemaster moaning — “I’m hungry!” — but what’s actually going on in this photo?


The SR-71 Blackbird Took Its First Flight 50 Years Ago Today

No other plane in history has captured the hearts and minds of the American public quite like the SR-71 Blackbird, providing the West with an unprecedented look behind the Iron Curtain during its 33 year operational career. But before it was cracking the skies over Russia at mach 3.3, the Cold War spy plane had to prove itself during a series of test flights. The first of those took place on December 22, 1964.


A Spectral Sunset Over A Creepy War Plane

Briefly: A spectral sunset over a creepy war plane. Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work on an AC-130U Spooky Gunship at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California on November 3. [Senior Airman Christopher Callaway/US Air Force]


I Can Hardly Believe The B-1B Is 30 Years Old

I can hardly believe that the B-1B — the US Air Force’s four-engine supersonic, sweep-wing strategic bomber — is 30 years old. It still looks like an aircraft from the distant future. This one was photographed over Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria against ISIL targets on September 27, 2014.


Giz Explains: Why The Human Body Can't Handle Heavy Acceleration

Our bodies are surprisingly resilient in many situations, but rapid acceleration is not one of them. While the human body can withstand any constant speed — be it 20km/h or 20 billion kilometres per hour — we can only change that rate of travel relatively slowly. Speed up or slow down too quickly and it’s lights out for you, permanently.


Monster Machines: The F-22 Is Finally Seeing Action After 7 Years

A mere seven years (less than two presidential terms) after it was declared fit for combat operations, and then repeatedly grounded for operational issues, the F-22 Raptor has finally had its first taste of war, in the skies over what used to be Syria.


Bomber Pilot Saves The Day In Boeing 737 Emergency Landing

This is US Air Force Captain Mark Gongol and his usual ride, a B-1B Lancer. But on 30 December 2013, Gongol wasn’t flying his four-engine supersonic strategic nuclear bomber. He was just one of the 151 passengers inside United Flight 1637, but, when the pilot had a cardiac problem, he knew he had to step in.


Monster Machines: America's Most Important Spy Plane That Isn't An SR-71 Blackbird

The Boeing RC-135 is the most effective American spyplane you’ve never heard of. It’s the John Paul Jones to the SR-71′s Robert Plant — a quiet workhorse that has flown over countless US missions while providing vital, real-time signals intelligence.


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