F-35A Lightning II Images
5 March 2015
Various images of F-35A Lightning II.
F-35B Lightning II Images
5 March 2015
F-35B Lightning II photo collection.
F-35C Lightning II Images
5 March 2015
Various photos of F-35C Lightning II aircraft.
Beryl Erickson Interview
26 February 2015
Beryl Arthur Erickson was the pilot for the first flights of the B-36 Peacemaker, YB-60, and the B-58 Hustler. He began his career at Consolidated Aircraft in California in 1940 delivering PBY Catalinas to Europe during World War II.
F-16 Baltic Air Policing In Lithuania
20 February 2015
The thirty-sixth NATO deployment to secure air space over the Baltic States began on 1 September 2014 when four F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters of the Portuguese Air Force, or Força Aérea Portuguesa, landed at Šiauliai. The F-16s came from Esquadra 201 Falcoes (Falcons) and Esquadra 301 Jaguares, (Jaguars) at Monte Real AB in Portugal. The deployment ended in January 2015.
John Boyd Tribute
29 January 2015
Boyd's theories are now used as a yardstick for measuring and comparing the maneuvering capability of all modern fighters. He planted the seeds for the Lightweight Fighter, cultivated those seeds, and helped harvest them in 1972 while playing a major role in defining the requirements that were put into the request for proposal for the Lightweight Fighter. The proposal led directly to the YF-16 and YF-17 technology demonstration prototypes. His influences can be seen in world-class fighters such as the F-15, F-16, and F/A-18.
F-35 Flight Test Update 14
20 January 2015
The previous F-35 Flight Test Update concluded with F-35A test aircraft AF-3 completing 500 flight hours on 18 March 2013, making AF-3 the second mission systems test Lightning II to reach this milestone. This fourteenth installment in the series of F-35 flight testing reviews presents a large variety of additional milestones for the F-35 test fleet from a monthly flight record for the F-35 CATBird in March to the completion of the initial carrier trials for the F-35C in November.
Blackbirds In Captivity
15 December 2014
Most members of the Blackbird family, be it A-12, YF-12, or SR-71 that are on display around the world.
SR-71 Blackbird: A Fast History
11 December 2014
President Lyndon B. Johnson publicly announced the existence of the classified Lockheed SR-71 program in 1964. First flight of the SR-71 would come on 22 December 1964. Operational aircraft deliveries began in 1966. Throughout its career, the SR-71, unofficially, universally known as Blackbird, remained the world's fastest and highest-flying operational aircraft. The US Air Force terminated the program in January 1990, closing out a twenty-four year operational career. The Blackbird program was briefly revived in 1997 and a small number of training flights were made, but funding was zeroed out. The program officially ended in 1999.
Outstanding Aviation Photos - 2014
6 October 2014
An annual collection from 2014 of recent and stunning aviation photos of Lockheed Martin aircraft.