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Secret A-12 Avenger II Stealth Aircraft Canopy For Sale

What happens when a top-secret government project is canceled? The details are not quite clear, but it’s hard to keep a secret when prototype parts are sold for scrap and end up on eBay. Anyone interested in top secret aircraft will know of the A-12 Avenger II, which was cancelled in 1991 and remains at the [...]

Texas witness reports military UFO chase

A witness has reported a triangle-shaped object being chased by military aircraft near Houston. The event was reported to MUFON ( Mutual UFO Network )…

Doolittle’s Raid

Colonel Doolittle (second from left) and his flight crew. The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces. After Japanese air power struck a stunning tactical blow to the U.S. military forces at Pearl Harbor, a retaliatory strike against the Japanese was a priority for president Frankin D. Roosevelt, who [...]

Abandoned Far East Russian Air Base

Fans of abandoned places and urban exploration are in for a treat, with a look at an aircraft graveyard at Vozdvizhenka air base in the Primorsky Krai region of eastern Russia, just 40 miles from the Chinese border. There is no security to stop urban explorers, just the aircraft sitting unused, with grass growing under [...]

Hypersonic aircraft to fly at 13,000mph

The US military are to launch a test flight of a new experimental hypersonic unmanned aircraft. The Falcon HTV-2 is capable of reaching anywhere on Ea…

Terrafugia’s flying car receives clearance

The “roadable aircraft” has been in development for years and may finally be available next year. Terrafugia have run in to a lot of difficulties in t…

1947: First Flying Saucer Report

On June 24th, 1947, Army Air Corps pilot Kenneth Arnold reported an unusual sighting while returning from a mission to find a reported downed plane. Out of the incident was born a new term: flying saucer. As Arnold recalled, the afternoon was crystal clear, and he was cruising at an altitude of 9,200 feet. A minute [...]

Declassified: A Look at Formerly Top Secret Aircraft

During the Cold War, the US military developed top secret aircraft at the Air Force facilities at Groom Lake, also known as Area 51. Decades after the projects were finished, these designs remained classified. Although these planes were “technology demonstrators” and were never put into service, they were crucial for testing systems and technologies that [...]

Eurocopter Hybrid Demonstrator Combines Airplane with Helicopter

The helicopter has really changed the way that many things are done since it was invented. Traditionally, the helicopter has a rotor or two up top and a tail rotor. The upside to the design is that it can take off and land vertically. The downside is that a rotorcraft isn’t as fast as fixed [...]

Virgin’s Enterprise Makes First Feathering Flight

Virgin Galactic’s experimental SpaceShipTwo, dubbed the VSS Enterprise, recently performed its first flight using “feathering”. That means that the rear of the craft bent far backwards to slow it down during re-entry. Popular Science’s Clay Dillow explained its significance: “Feathering,” as it is known, is probably the biggest innovation integrated into SpaceShipTwo’s design. In the feathered [...]