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Watch the first solo display training of the new Su-30SM of the Russian Knights aerobatic team at LIMA 17. At dusk.

Mar 21 2017
Sunset Supermaneuverability: Mesmerizing footage.

The “Russian Knights” aerobatic team have brought their new Su-30SM jets at the LIMA 17 exhibition currently underway in Malaysia.

The participation in Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition represents the world premiere of the “Russian Knights” flying ...

Here are the first photographs of the Italian Typhoons arriving in Iceland to provide NATO Air Policing duties

Mar 20 2017
The Italian Typhoons have arrived in Keflavik.

On Mar. 17, supported by two KC-767A tanker of the 14° Stormo (Wing) from Pratica di Mare airbase, six Italian Air Force Typhoons have arrived in Iceland to undertake QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) and ...

Are Low-Cost “COIN” Air Forces the Future of Tactical Air Power?

Mar 20 2017
For Nations Without Big Defense Budgets, Small Tactical Air Forces are the Trend.

Small, inexpensive, easy to operate combat aircraft with precision strike capability and long loiter times to provide close air support.

Versatile, scalable rotary wing assets that do double duty ...

A fighter pilot joins The Aviationist’s team: welcome on board “Gonzo”!

Mar 20 2017
We have a new writer. A Fighter Jock, an Instructor Pilot, an Aggressor, with 3,000 flying hours and actual combat experience. Be ready for some really cool stories.

I met Alessandro “Gonzo” Olivares for the first time two years ago, at ...

72 Year Ago This Week: The First Ever Jet Airstrikes. A titanic failure for the Germans.

Mar 19 2017
The First Ever Jet Airstrike Was a Disaster. Here’s The Bizarre Story.

When gunners spot them, they are stunned: their speed. No propellers.

From out of the northeast, rocketing down from medium altitude in a shallow dive intended to improve bombing accuracy ...

Syria claims it shot down an Israeli combat plane; Israel denies: dissecting the latest IAF strike on Damascus

Mar 17 2017
According to a Syrian Army statement, an Israeli jet involved in a raid over Syria was shot down. The Israeli Air Force denies.

Early in the morning on Mar. 17, the Israeli Air Force carried out an air strike near Damascus, ...

Military Aviation

Aug 16 2017
Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. The A-10 is famous for being exceptionally tough and able to survive direct ...
Aug 16 2017
New Process Showcased for Sourcing Includes Proposed Light Attack Aircraft. The U.S. Air Force invited reporters to Holloman AFB i...


Aug 17 2017
We Went Inside USAF MQ-9 Reaper Training and Operations at Holloman AFB. We never heard it. Out of the corner of my eye in a cloud...
Aug 08 2017
Several people have spotted a drone apparently too close to the U.S. Navy display team’s F/A-18 Hornets. On Aug. 4, 2017, th...

Aviation Safety / Air Crashes

Aug 16 2017
Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. The A-10 is famous for being exceptionally tough and able to survive direct ...
Aug 14 2017
Yet another “Rhino” has crashed. It’s the second Super Hornet this year, the fourth one since May 2016. As you p...

Rogue States

Aug 13 2017
A “what if” story. Disclaimer: this story contains some “poetic licenses” to make the fictional scenario m...
Aug 13 2017
What will be the eventual outcome of the current perceived brinkmanship between the United States and North Korea? For students of...

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