Category Archives: History

Know the past so you don’t repeat it in the future!

IT COULD HAVE BEEN: LOCKHEED’S FORGOTTEN SENIOR PEG STEALTH BOMBER

Hey guys! I mentioned earlier in the week that I had a big announcement to make, so here goes- I have been hired on to the Gawker team to be a military technology editor for a subsite of their incredibly … Read the rest of this entry

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FAST HISTORY: THE WESTLAND 30

              The Westland 30 is one of those aircraft that made it to production but probably shouldn’t have. On the outside the aircraft looked like a flying barn, short and squat, and that is … Read the rest of this entry

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THE USS TRIPOLI: THE AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP TURNED BALLISTIC MISSILE LAUNCH AND TRACKING PLATFORM

The USS Tripoli was first commissioned in 1966 and proudly served as an integral member of America’s “Gator Navy” for three decades. Amongst her many accomplishments were three tours off the coast of Vietnam, acting as a test carrier for the Marine’s new (at … Read the rest of this entry

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IT COULD HAVE BEEN: THE NORTHROP XST, LOSER TO WHAT WOULD BECOME THE F-117 NIGHTHAWK

            The year was 1974 and DARPA was becoming more interested in the idea that an aircraft, or a remotely piloted vehicle, that could be almost totally invisible to enemy radar. After fielding some secondary studies regarding the matter the … Read the rest of this entry

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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET’S YACHT WAS LIKE A SEA BASE!

Tycoon turned felon Jason Belfort, the inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s recent dark romp “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” was incredibly proud of his 167 foot long vintage yacht “Nadine.” Originally built in the early 1960s for fashionista Coco Channel, the … Read the rest of this entry

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FAST HISTORY: THE A-12 AVENGER II’s COCKPIT WAS AHEAD OF ITS TIME

Check out this awesome image of the McDonnel Douglas/General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II’s cockpit concept circa the late 1980′s. The A-12, dubbed the ”flying Dorito” by detractors, was most likely developed from the “Sneaky Pete” stealth flying wing penetrator concept of the early 1980′s. It is … Read the rest of this entry

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UPDATE: HUGHES MINING BARGE HMB-1 SURVIVES IN RESTORED GLORY!

          I was doing my usual Google Earth rounds when I sweeped across Treasure Island on San Francisco Bay and to my surprise there was the historic Hughes Mining Barge docked at one of the piers! Make … Read the rest of this entry

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RUTAN’S ARES EMERGES FROM PAUL ALLEN’S HANGAR AT KBFI?

A good contact of mine spotted the innovative, and arguably more relevant than ever, Scaled Composites Agile Responsive Effective Support (ARES) demonstrator taxing out of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s “Vulcan Air” Hangar at Boeing Field last week. There is not doubt that … Read the rest of this entry

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RUSSIAN ROULETTE DoD STYLE: RETIRE ANYTHING TO PROTECT THE F-35 “PROGRAM”

I have gotten a ton of email with various articles attached talking about how plans are in the works to retire a whole slew of “legacy” (ie front line) aircraft types in a desperate attempt to protect the most flawed … Read the rest of this entry

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THE AMERICAN SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL TWELVE YEARS AFTER THE FIRST PLANE HIT THE WTC

Hey guys, I wanted to post this earlier but the site was migrating to a new server and I could not log on. I think this video is great, it really proves what makes this place special. Sure there are ignorant fools in any community, … Read the rest of this entry

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FAST HISTORY: THE F-94C STARFIRE “FLYING BOTTLE ROCKET”

                    I have always been fascinated with the timeframe between the widespread deployment of jet fighters for the first time and the introduction of the guided air to air missile. Engineering was really … Read the rest of this entry

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SCI-FI REALITY!: NAWS CHINA LAKE’S MISSILE ENGAGEMENT SIMULATION ARENA (MESA)

Sometimes I am just amazed with how much infrastructure surrounds the US defense research and development apparatus. All the bases, all the test and evaluation units, all the ranges and state of the art facilities. Still, the Missile Engagement Simulation Arena (MESA), one … Read the rest of this entry

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CATCHING UP WITH NEPTUNE’S SPEAR: DECEPTICONS & CHALLENGE COINS!

A couple of house keeping issues here to add to my Stealth Blackhawk / Bin Laden Raid coverage (for all my extensive and news making coverage on this event please click here). First off Phil Bronstein’s controversial feature in Esquire Magazine “The … Read the rest of this entry

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PIGS FLY? Nah Even More Improbable- Ex-Kiwi A-4K Skyhawks Return To The Sky Once Again!

                Draken International has done it, the first of the APG-66 radar equipped ex-New Zealand Air Force A-4k Skyhawks, some of the most advanced ever built, and a gaggle of MB-339 trainers have … Read the rest of this entry

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THE AURORA MYTH & BEYOND: JOHN BATCHELOR INTERVIEW

JBS-AURORA & BEYOND John has the smartest material on talk radio today. I highly recommend you tune in to his show if it is syndicated in your area (if you live in NYC he is live on WABC) or download … Read the rest of this entry

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