The US Air Force says an F-15 based at Kadena, Japan, has crashed into the Pacific Ocean on 27 May 2013. The service says that the plane crash occurred some 70 miles East of Okinawa, Japan, and that Japan Air Self Defense Force rescue squadron personnel rescued the pilot who is in stable condition and receiving medical attention.Read More
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
Lockheed Martin says the latest in a series of F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) high angle of attack (AOA) testing is complete. According to Lockheed, the testing accomplished high AOA beyond both the positive and negative maximum command limits, including intentionally putting the aircraft out of control in several configurations.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 Joint Strike Fighter has flown a bumpy route to operational status. In fact, as we go to press, the F-35B is grounded. Notwithstanding those issues which should surprise nobody who understands advanced capability aircraft design and testing, the aircraft and the thus far proven capabilities are pretty impressive to behold. Some of which you may enjoy viewing in this videoRead More