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The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the world's largest military aviation museum — and it's also home to the world's only remaining North American XB-70 Valkyrie, which was moved to a new hangar a few days ago.
I love this spectacular picture of the US Air Force Thunderbirds flying in perfect unison into the sky because the trail they leave behind look like the fingers of a cloud monster giving the jets a boost into the air. And because they're above the clouds, it almost looks like they're flying on a Hoth-like different planet.
Briefly: If this hadn't been published by the US Air Force, I would think it's a fake and those F-16s from their Thunderbird exhibition team weren't real but cloned and perfectly aligned in Photoshop to form a delta formation. It was shot at the Daytona International Speedway during a practice flight for the Daytona 500 February 21, 2015.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.