Defense contractor Lockheed Martin says their F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Lightning II test aircraft completed the first-ever Vertical Takeoff (VTO) of the F-35B variant on 10 May 2013. The location was Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, according to the statement issued by Lockheed.Read More
Have you heard of the nEUROn Drone UCAV UAV program? This video provides a bit of self promoting history of the European nEUROn program, the participants, and some rather cool video footage of the development and first flight of the triangular shaped flying wing stealth (low observable) unmanned combat air system testbed from Dassault and partners.Read More
The US Navy has completed its first ever aircraft carrier-based catapult launch of an unmanned aircraft, an X-47B, from the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), on 14 May 2013.
AeroSpaceNews.com presents the next installment in our series of Hot Pics of amazing airplanes, helicopters, spacecraft and other things that fly. This HD video episode features the awesome X-47B UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or UAS Unmanned Aerial System or because this one “could” be armed with weapons, Unmanned Combat Air System… to many, it is just a drone. It begins with a sequence documenting that historic first X-47B launch from the aircraft carrier and continues with more footage, including air-to-air, from the UCAS-D program to date.Read More
The F-35 Lightning II JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) and the first Air Force Airman to fly it is the subject of this military aviation video news story. A pilot from Edwards Air Force Base, California, became the first Air Force and government test pilot to fly the F-35 Lightning II during a test sortie at the Lockheed Martin facility January 30 at Naval Air Station Fort Worth.Read More
After many months of successful operations, the V-22 Osprey fleet is once again grounded. On 21 March 2009 a Marine Corps MV-22 crew in Iraq reported strange noises just after landing. During an inspection it was determined the sounds came from several bolts which were rattling around loose inside an engine nacelle. This military aviation video tells that story.Read More
AeroSpaceNews.com – After years of service, some of it top secret, the United States Air Force is to retire the F-117A Nighthawk, the first so-called Stealth Fighter, in April 2008. This aviation video documents that history and the military news.Read More