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Albacete's NATO Tactical Leadership Program 12-1 photo file

Feb 15 2012

Since Jul. 2009 Albacete – Los Lanos, in Spain, has become the permanent base of the NATO Tactical Leadership Program, once headquartered at Florennes, Belgium.

Through the photographs of The Aviationist’s contributor Tony Lovelock see which aircraft were hosted by the ...

Italy has decided: F-35s to be cut by more than 30 percent.

Feb 15 2012

More technology, less personnel and only 90 F-35s: this is the outcome Italian Defense spending review.

On Feb. 15, the long awaited Italian Defense spending review was finally presented to the Parliament by the Minister of Defense Giampaolo Paola.

“Long awaited” because ...

Drones to gain greater freedom in US airspace (and become a safety nightmare)

Feb 14 2012

The US Congress has approved legislation that will allow drones greater freedom over US airspace. The bill will give guidance to the Federal Aviation Administration over the next 4 years and give it the authority to open up greater areas ...

Russian strategic bombers, reconnaissance planes and AWACS skirt Japanese islands (and get photographed) during long range patrol flights.

Feb 13 2012

On Feb. 8, the Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) had to scramble fighter jets to intercept multiple Russian military planes flying near Japan.

Five Russian planes flew over the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan off Hokkaido and the Tohoku ...

Don't get on a Sukhoi Su-27 without wearing this: Russian (and China's Air Force) long range underwear

Feb 13 2012

Long range flights can be extremely critical for combat pilots. What makes these missions particularly uncomfortable is not only the complexity of the navigation but the lack of restrooms.

The use of urine collection devices called “piddle packs” in small cockpit compels ...

USAF to get upgraded Bunker Buster (while developing new tactics to reach buried nuke sites)

Feb 12 2012

The U.S. congress has given permission to the $81 million finances to update the GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator bomb. The funding is thought to be needed to upgrade the fusing and the tail fins to give the weapon even greater ground ...

Military Aviation

Sep 01 2014
Here’s an unbelievable photo shot at Amari Airbase, Estonia. Taken by photographer Gen Vagula at Ämari Airbase, Estonia, wh...
Sep 01 2014
Even though on average there are about about four to six incidents a year Russian planes have entered the Finnish airspace without...

Drones

Aug 29 2014
QF-16 performs for the first time as an aerial target A remotely controlled QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target was launched for the fi...
Aug 28 2014
An Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle has just crashed in the vicinity of Baghdad Airport. According to the FARS News Agency, an Isra...

Aviation Safety

Aug 27 2014
104th Fighter Wing F-15C crashed earlier today in in Virginia’s Augusta County. A pilot is still missing after a 104th Fight...
Aug 20 2014
Two Italian Air Force Tornado jets have crashed after colliding midair in central east Italy. While search of the four missing pil...

Rogue States

Aug 31 2014
Awesome video of the Mig-25 Foxbat flying at very high speed and ultra low altitude some years ago in Russia. The Mikoyan-Gurevich...
Aug 30 2014
The Iraqi Army Aviation has been delivered Mil Mi-28NE gunships. According to a statement by the Iraqi MoD, Baghdad has received a...

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