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FAST HISTORY: LONG BEFORE THE MQ-8 FIRE SCOUT THERE WAS THE QH-50 DASH

In the new era of unmanned combat aircraft so many “new ideas” are actually far from fresh. In fact, it is stunning to examine unmanned technologies from decades ago, and realize just how far ahead of their time they truly were. … 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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SAD PHOTOS: SEA SHADOW FINALLY GETS SCRAPPED

Some awesome but sad pics found and sent over by Aviationintel reader Nicolae Sinu depict a horrific scene- one of the most fascinating vessels of the Cold War, the Lockheed Skunk Work’s stealthy Sea Shadow, being scrapped while still cocooned … Read the rest of this entry

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FANTASTIC DOCUMENTARY: RAF VULCAN BOMBERS ULTRA LONG RANGE RAID ON PORT STANLEY AIRPORT

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MYSTERY SOLVED!: THE UNIDENTIFIED PINT SIZED SUBMARINE IS…

                ORIGINAL POST: http://aviationintel.com/2013/01/02/identify-this-sub-small-mystery-submarine-spotted-at-naval-base-kitsap-in-bremerton-wa/ I have taken a couple week hiatus from posting regularly on the site, I needed a break. Often times when you are away from something you question the need … Read the rest of this entry

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HISTORIC DAY FOR AVIATION!

First off, Felix Baumgartner and Team Redbull, completed the worlds first supersonic free fall by a human being. Jumping from a balloon at close to 130,000 feet in a pressure suit, Felix hit a top speed of an astounding mach … Read the rest of this entry

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THREE TRAGIC TOMCAT TALES THAT TIE TOGETHER

Fellow aerospace writer Dave Cenciotti has a fascinating piece that loosely links three game-changing individuals, and their associated moments in time, who all contributed to the unique mosaic that makes up the mighty F-14 Tomcat’s story. Be sure to click … Read the rest of this entry

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FAST HISTORY: A HANDFUL OF USAF & CIA U-2s WERE CAPABLE OF AERIAL REFUELING

Lockheed modified less than a dozen U-2s with aerial refueling capability. By doing so the Dragon Lady, as it is now fondly called, doubled its operational range from about 4,000 miles to 8,000 miles, and could stay aloft for over … Read the rest of this entry

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IRAN CLAIMS TO HAVE CRACKED THE RQ-170 SENTINEL’S MEMORY BANK

Iranian military commanders claim that they have hacked deep enough into the RQ-170 Sentinel’s mission computers that they could find out details about not only the aircraft’s prior missions, one of those allegedly being to fly over Osama Bin Laden’s … Read the rest of this entry

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MUDHENS PERFORM THE ELEPHANT WALK

The 4th Fight Wing, located at Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina, launched 70 F-15Es on a massive strike training mission that would see over 1,000 simulated targets struck. This huge event was primarily to commemorate the 4th’s victory over … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL ORIGINS PART II: THE GRANDSON OF “TACIT BLUE”

PLEASE READ RQ-170 ORIGINS PART I FOR FULL CONTEXT BEFORE CONTINUING ON: My first piece on the ancestry of the RQ-170 Sentinel, America’s secret unmanned stealthy sensor truck of choice, got a lot of traffic and was the topic of … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL ORIGINS: DARKSTAR HAS GROWN UP

                  Since the “Sentinel Down” escapade began I have wanted to do a piece about the probable origins of the RQ-170, in an attempt to answer many of the looming questions as … Read the rest of this entry

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It Could Have Been: The XC-120 Packplane!

You know when I recently read about this thing I was taken back by how ahead of its time the concept really was. A modular, swap and play type of cargo aircraft makes so much sense for a myriad of … Read the rest of this entry

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THE WHITE ELEPHANTS: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SHUTTLE’S ONCE GLEAMING WHITE EXTERNAL FUEL TANK?

Maybe some of you have noticed in older pictures of the once budding Shuttle Program that the Space Shuttle’s, or more accurately the Shuttle Transport System’s, giant external tank appeared in brilliant white instead of the rusty orange color we … Read the rest of this entry

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