More than half of the US Navy's aircraft can't fly because there isn't enough money to fix them, Defence News reports. Aircraft maintenance might not sound as impressive as a ton of pointless new ships, but there it is.
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On Tuesday, the US Department of Defence published video of fighter jets releasing a swarm of Perdrix drones during a military exercise in October. The entire operation likely cost millions of dollars, but hilariously resembles a couple of giant metal birds pooping a flock of screaming, tiny birds mid-flight.
President-elect Donald Trump is tweeting again, and once more he's tweeting about the F-35 fighter jet. Last week, he said the F-35 program costs have gone "out of control," and he was right, sort of. Except now his proposed solution appears to be a physically impossible fantasy plane. God help us.
Video: Yowza. Watch this Sukhoi Su-27 make the lowest of low passes at an air base in Ukraine. Like, it flies so impossibly close to the ground that you can see a guy duck and essentially get blown over as the fighter jet flies above his head. The video shows the entire insane approach: The jet flies a few metres over the runway before it peels left and screams right on top of the guy before picking up air again over the cameraman. Bananas.
Video: The Libyan Air Force sure loves pulling wild stunts from inside its MiG fighter jets. This time we get to see the perspective of an insane low pass — and the plane flies so low that you'd think it was trying to land and touch down on the ground — from inside the cockpit. It's a crazy new angle to the madness of flybys like these.
Video: It's always fun to melt your brain from what looks like the laws of physics breaking. Therefore, it's always fun to see a pilot pour water up into a cup while upside down in a fighter jet. It's something we've seen plenty before, but this view is especially cool. You get to see the entire process happen so clearly: The pilot pours the water while the plane twists around, the pilot drinks the water while it flips around and then he holds the cup of water out for good measure and doesn't miss a single drop as the plane goes upside down.
Let me get this out of the way: the trillion dollar US F-35 fighter jet program is an embarrassing mess. But it's hard not to marvel at the very expensive technology's promises. This conflict squeezed my brain this week, when the Air Force stopped by Gizmodo's US office with a $US400,000 ($554,212) F-35 helmet in hand. They even let me wear it.