Military Aviation

The Air Force’s Valkyrie Drone Flies This Year

The X-58A is planned as a “loyal wingman” to manned combat aircraft.

A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is a Flawed Test
The Pentagon wants to know which is the better close air support air…
The U.S. Navy Once Shot Down One of its Own Planes
The unmanned Hawkeye aircraft was destroyed before it could become a…
Northrop Wants to Join Japan's Fighter Competition
Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin could be headed for a showdown …
Air Force Light Attack Plane Crash Kills One Pilot, Injures Another

The A-29 was part of a Pentagon project to field a fleet of light attack planes.

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B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads

A new wing mount would mean the B-52 could carry the Mother of All Bombs, or a lot of smaller ones.

France, Germany Teaming Up to Build Superfighter

One has experience building modern fighters, the other does not.

U.S. F-15 Fighter Crashes Into Sea off Japan

The pilot was rescued by Japanese forces and taken to a local hospital.

Air Force Grounds B-1s Over Ejection Seat Issue

An ejection seat allegedly failed during a near-disaster May incident, sparking today’s grounding.

Pentagon Agrees to Fix the F-35's Many Problems Before Full Production

The high-tech fighter has 966 “open deficiencies"—otherwise known as defects.

The Military Wants a Forward-Firing Gun for the Osprey

Thanks to the Osprey’s unique design it only mounts rear-shooting guns.

What Planes Will Tom Cruise Fly in 'Top Gun: Maverick'?

It looks like Maverick is flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet this time.

Boeing Has a Plan to Keep the Apache Flying Into the 2060s

The famous attack helicopter could last up to eighty years on the front lines.

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The Showdown Between the F-35 and the Russian Weapons Built to Stop It Is Finally Here
Israel is flying the F-35 into combat, which means the Joint Strike Fighter is up against Russian-built radar and anti-aircraft weapons…
The U.S. Air Force’s First Flying Wing Jet Flew Way Back in 1949

The YB-49 bomber never made it to production, but it inspired later bombers including the B-2A Spirit.

Israel Says It Just Became the First Country to Fly the F-35 Into Combat

The missions would mark the combat debut of the controversial fighter, but we know few details about how Israel used its F-35I.

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The F-35’s New, Much Better Nickname is “Panther”

Nobody likes the F-35’s real name. Nobody.

Black Hawk Helicopter Drops Ammo Box on Elementary School Roof

The damage took out power in part of the building but fortunately no one was injured.

The Air Force Had To Apologize For a #BRRRT Tweet About the A-10

USAF comes strong on Laurel vs. Yanny... and it doesn't go so well.

The U.S. Army Is Inspecting Its Entire Fleet of Apache Helicopters for a Critical Flaw​​

The faulty part could cause the helicopter rotors to separate in flight.

V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Achieves First Cruise Mode Flight

The Valor is a contender to replace the UH-60 .

'Gremlins' Will Turn Airplanes Into Flying Aircraft Carriers

Aircraft such as the C-130 Hercules will launch small drones, reel them back in again.

The Navy Wants to Give Its Bigger Planes a Way to Shoot Down Missiles

Small interceptors, perhaps on a drone wingman, would keep big planes safe from air-to-air threats.

Russian Fighter Flies Within 20 Feet of U.S. Navy Jet

The Sukhoi fighter performed an "unprofessional intercept."

Marine Corps Commandant: In 15 Years, Our Aircraft Won't Need a Human in the Cockpit

The Commandant of the Marine Corps insists the technology is there.

Second F-22 Incident in Seven Days Reported

Fighters involved in both incidents were based at Alaska’s Elmendorf Air Force Base.