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Jet Friday: All the Fighter Jets in the U.S. Air Force

In 1907, the U.S. Air Force, which was originally part of the United States Army as the Aeronautical Division using balloons for observation, took its first steps to leave the earth by requesting bids for heavier-than-air aircraft. In July 1909, with President Taft...

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A Renaissance of the Mechanically Scanned RADAR

High power tube-driven Mechanically Scanned Antenna (MESA) RADARs ruled the skies for decades. They were the backbone of the weapon systems on board the F-16, F-15, F-18, and were produced by the thousands. But where have they gone and why? Have Actively and Passively...

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Comparing U.S. Military Refueling Tanker Aircraft

A training mission flight that includes four F-15 Eagles, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft loaded with AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, is preparing to begin from a desert runway. The flight is tasked to rendezvous with an E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft...

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Jet Friday: An F-18 Screaming Through Downtown Chicago

We have shared video footage of F-18 Hornets piloted by the Navy’s Blue Angels as they put on air shows in previous Jet Friday posts. We have also shown you low flying jets on training maneuvers just above the landscape, zipping through canyons and into snowy mountain...

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