Meet the new Iraqi Air Force; it's only a little like the Old One

The above image, circulated by Lockheed Martin to various aero-news outlets such as The Aviationist with David Cenciotti reporting and our very own Tyler Rogoway's Foxtrot Alpha, has been around long enough for most military aviation enthusiasts to be familiar with (especially with its striking and unique… » 7/01/14 1:28pm 7/01/14 1:28pm

A Brief History of Asian Stealth So Far - Part 3: India

Imagine what the Cold War would be like if instead of Canada and Mexico the U.S. had the Soviet Union to the north and the People's Republic of China to the south. That is the geopolitical reality of the Indian subcontinent. Sharing India's Western border is Pakistan - plenty of bad blood flows between the two nations… » 6/21/14 9:14am 6/21/14 9:14am

Is This Japan's Secret Stealth Fighter?

The following image, which is sourced from David Cenciotti of The Aviationist (in turn claimed to be from "Chinese Internet," the catchall usual suspects of anonymous aero-defense news) purports to be a manned flying prototype of the Mitsubishi ATD-X, a stealth demonstrator leading the way for Japan's effort to build… » 6/15/14 1:29pm 6/15/14 1:29pm

The Crisis That Threatens General Aviation

The "Golden Age" of Aviation is often considered to be, ironically, during the absolute depths of The Great Depression. Yes, that The Great Depression, the one where bread lines stretched like One Direction ticket campouts. The one that gets the capitalized definitive article in front of it, as if it's the only one,… » 6/14/14 8:27am 6/14/14 8:27am

Here's a sight you will never see again, ever.

The Royal Air Force retired the last of their L-1011 TriStar aerial refueling tankers two weeks ago or so, so seeing one tank up a Typhoon fighter isn't going to be a recurring event anymore. The RAF picked them up on the cheap from British Airways and PanAm to help bolster their aerial refueling capability after the… » 4/06/14 12:13pm 4/06/14 12:13pm

When a Spitfire is not a Spitfire (and certainly not British)

Just like the Cobra kits from Superformance, the classic fighter planes from WWII can be had in built-it-yourself form. Mostly covering the P-51D Mustang - some would say ad-nauseum - some even venture to cover other subject matter like the P-40. and F4U Corsair. The medium used can be diverse as well, from wood and… » 4/05/14 10:43am 4/05/14 10:43am

A Brief History of the 747 - Skipping Ahead to the Final Chapter

The Boeing 747 will probably be remembered as one of the most important and revolutionary airliner types yet flown. As the first widely adopted widebody airliner, it heralded what was at the time a new standard in comfort and efficiency. Since then, technology and airline demands shifted towards twin-engine widebody… » 4/04/14 10:33am 4/04/14 10:33am