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Author: Richard Peters

Canadair CF-5 Freedom Fighter

The F-5 Freedom fighter aircraft represented a breakthrough in air combat technology. It rose to popularity in the 1960s. Its ultra-low radar cross section made the aircraft difficult to spot…

Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk Search and Rescue Helicopter

The HH-60G Pave Hawk is the U.S. Air Force’s only dedicated combat search and rescue helicopter. Few other helicopters are capable of penetrating heavily contested airspace or extreme weather conditions…

Panavia Tornado Strike Fighter

Although older than most of the pilots flying it, the Panavia Tornado is still the most popular strike fighter throughout Europe. In fact, there are twice as many Tornadoes in…

The USAF E-9A Widget

The E-9A Widget is one of the Air Force’s least flashy aircraft, but is still quite important to national security. The twin turboprop E-9A is primarily employed by the US…

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is not a run-of-the-mill cargo hauler. Capable of lugging 80 tons—three M2 Bradley IFVs—of oversized cargo and setting down on short, unpaved runways a world…

E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (STARS)

Often dubbed an “AWACS for ground pounders,” the Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint STAR provides the US military an unmatchable God’s eye view of a battlespace up to 19,305 square miles…

The Boeing E-3 Sentry

The Boeing E-3 Sentry is far more than just an airborne radar. Nicknamed the “Eye in the Sky” by many pilots, this airborne warning and control system (AWACS) is a…

The Boeing P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The Boeing P-8 Poseidon is far deadlier than its unimposing “maritime patrol aircraft” designation would suggest. This next-generation warplane is the US Navy’s premier sub-hunter, surface ship killer and spy…

Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star Jet Fighter

In the waning days of World War II, the US military rushed four hush-hush experimental fighters without propellers to the European front. Unbeknownst to the bewildered ground crews arming them,…

Supermarine Spitfire – Savior of Britain

The Spitfire is more than just the most iconic fighter in British history. In the bleak days early days of WWII when the UK stood alone against the Nazi’s, the…

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