The Only Plane The USAF Has Never Been Able To Kill

Finding A Replacement America’s leading ground-attack aircraft in the early days of the Vietnam War was the A-1 Skyraider. The Skyraider carried a large payload, but its propeller design was already outdated by the 1960s.  In September of 1966, US Air Force Chief of Staff General John McConnell ordered the development of a rugged and […] More

Why Russia’s WW2 Heavy Bomber Failed | Petlyakov Pe-8

The Petlyakov Pe-8 was a Soviet heavy bomber developed during WWII. It was designed by Vladimir Petlyakov in 1939 and was one of the largest aircraft built in the Soviet Union at that time. Despite its size and capabilities, the Pe-8 was plagued by problems, forcing the Soviets to retire the bomber earlier than expected. […] More

When a P-51 Chased a BF-109 Under the Eiffel Tower

Flying a fighter plane through the Eiffel Tower only happens in the movies, right? Well, apparently not. This is the story of William Overstreet – the American pilot who flew his P-51B through the Eiffel Tower to chase a German Bf-109G. A Daredevil At Heart William “Bill” Overstreet Jr. enlisted in the US Army when […] More

Why The Soviets Never Built Their Darkstar – The DSB-LK

A top-secret Soviet project from the late ‘50s could have been the fastest military aircraft ever built. It was expected to fly at supersonic (or even at hypersonic speeds) and was designed to “bring destruction” to any western city using its stealth and nuclear capability. However, as you might have known by now, the USSR […] More

Why Are Modern Fighter Jets Slower Than 1960s?

Have you ever wondered why an F-4 Phantom is somehow faster than the F-35? For reference, the Phantom can fly 450 mph faster than the US’ latest fighter jet. Fighter jets haven’t gotten faster in the past 50 years, and here’s why. When Intuition Meets Reality The Vietnam War went on for twenty years. During […] More

Curtiss A-12 Shrike – From Innovative to Quickly Obsolete

Once considered an innovative aircraft quickly turned into an obsolete plane in just half a decade. The A-12 Shrike peaked way too early and was already considered a liability before the start of the Second World War. Structurally Innovative – (X)A-8 Model 59, as it was called, was the first Curtiss with an all-metal low-wing […] More

Why Modern Submarines Have Round Noses

Prior to the Cold War, most submarines had a somewhat pointed bow. That’s because most submarines were more like boats as they spent more time on the surface. Older submarines needed fresh air intake for their diesel engines to work. Turning Point Launched in 1954, USS Nautilus became the first nuclear-powered submarine in the world. […] More

3 Design Flaws Of The B-24

Obviously, the B-24 is a highly regarded aircraft and was a tremendous help to the Allies in WWII. However, having a distinguished war record doesn’t mean you don’t have flaws. Davis Wing The attribute that gave the Liberator its strength is also its weakness. Its wings allowed for a high cruise speed, heavy bomb load, […] More

Q and A With The Darkstar’s Project Leader

Sam Eckholm gets a chance to talk to the people who made the Darkstar from Top Gun: Maverick. Here are the five most interesting questions asked in the video: 1. Can the Darkstar actually fly? Skunk Works Engineer and DarkStar Project Leader, Brian Hershberger, confirmed that the aircraft couldn’t fly unless you use Hollywood magic. […] More

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