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“Several U-2 spyplanes shooed away by our missile systems” Iran says

Dec 23 2014
According to a senior Iranian commander, several reconnaissance aircraft, including some U-2 spyplanes, have been frighten away by Tehran air defenses as they flew close to Iran’s airspace.

On Dec. 22, General Shahrokh Shahram, Lieutenant Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense ...

M-346 Advanced Combat Trainer conducts fuel tank jettison tests

Dec 23 2014
Alenia Aermacchi M-346 AJT (Advanced Jet Trainer) continues its testing activities.

Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainer has recently conducted external fuel tank jettison tests from Decimomannu airbase, in Sardinia.

The top image, taken by The Aviationist’s contributor Giampaolo Mallei, shows ...

A look at the first Air National Guard unit destined to transition from the F-16 to the F-35

Dec 22 2014
A look at the F-16s of “The Green Mountain Boys”, the first Air National Guard unit destined to receive the F-35.

The 134th Fighter Squadron of the Vermont ANG (Air National Guard) based at Burlington, VT, is well known as ” ...

Video shows A-10 Thunderbolts and C-17 Globemasters in action over Nevada Test & Training Range

Dec 21 2014
A-10s and C-17s during Joint Forcible Entry Exercise over Keno Airfield.

The footage in this post shows A-10 Thunderbolt and C-17 Globemaster aircraft in action over Keno Airfield on the Nevada Test & Traning Range during JFE (Joint Forcible Entry Exercise) ...

USAF A-10s appear in videos showing Kurdish fighters breaking ISIS siege of Mount Sinjar in Iraq

Dec 20 2014
While we wait for some official footage of the A-10s at work in Iraq, here’s a clip where you can hear and see the Air Force “Hogs” in action.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces reportedly broke Islamic State siege of Iraq’s Mount Sinjar, ...

New Photos of Russian Planes intercepted by Norwegian Fighter Jets

Dec 19 2014
Here’s a nice collection of images shot by the Royal Norwegian Air Force during the recent close encounters with Russians off Norway.

On Dec. 18, two RNoAF F-16s in QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) were scrambled from Bodo airbase to intercept an ...

Military Aviation

Mar 26 2015
The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon is the western world’s most prolific fighter of the last 40 years. Even if medium and ...
Mar 25 2015
If you suffer air sickness, this footage is not for you. Here’s a B-roll showing two U.S. Marine Corps KC-130s flying with t...


Mar 17 2015
An MQ-1 Predator crashed in Syria. According to Syria state media it was shot down by Syrian air defenses. The U.S. lost contact w...
Mar 13 2015
RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft in BACN configuration is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The U.S. Air Force has not released much...

Aviation Safety

Mar 22 2015
A Syrian Mi-14 ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) helicopter crash landed in the Idlib region. On Mar. 22, a Syrian Navy Mil Mi-14 helic...
Mar 17 2015
An MQ-1 Predator crashed in Syria. According to Syria state media it was shot down by Syrian air defenses. The U.S. lost contact w...

Rogue States

Mar 24 2015
The latest close encounter between NATO and Russian planes over the Baltic Sea was  different. Early morning on Mar. 24, NATO and...
Mar 24 2015
Russian Strategic Aviation modernization programs involve Tu-160 and Tu-95 bombers. According to the rumors reported by the Polish...

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