What Killed Zumwalt Destroyers?

Why was the Zumwalt Destroyer program canceled? We dig deeper into what led to the cost overruns causing the US government to cancel it.  History Zumwalt was envisioned in 1994 as a part of the SC-21rd program with a mission to design 21st-century land attack ships for the US Navy.  The Zumwalt class was supposed […] More

When Spitfires Wing Tipped Cruise Missiles

On June 13, 1944, an anti-aircraft battery in the district of Woolwich was caught by surprise when the world’s first ever-cruise missile, the V-1 Flying Bomb, struck Grove Road just 2 kilometers from the tower of London. It was a weapon like no other- flying to its target with no pilot at the controls, carrying […] More

10 Facts About The MiG-15

The Soviet Union’s Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 is the Soviet Union’s single-seat, single-engine jet fighter, and one of the most feared high-performance weapons of the 20th century.  Here are ten interesting facts about this stellar aircraft:  1. It was the first of its kind to have swept wings and reach high transonic speeds With MiG-15s flying in […] More

The Soviet Bomber That Was Utterly Bonkers | Tupolev TB-3

The Tupolev TB-3 is a four-engine Soviet heavy developed in the late 1920s. It was the first all-metal, four-engine, monoplane bomber to enter service, and transformed the Soviet Air Force’s capabilities.  Design Origins The TB-3’s story begins in 1925 with the Soviet Air Force. During the 1920s, the Soviet Union didn’t have the required facilities […] More

The Real Reason Japan Attacked Pearl Harbor

On November 26, 1941, a Japanese attack fleet of six aircraft carriers, two battleships, and hundreds of aircraft departed from Japan. They planned a surprise attack on the US Pacific fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. But why did they want to attack in the first place, and why did a miscalculation lead to their […] More

The Heavy Bomber With the Strangest Bombs

Each time the United Kingdom’s Bomber Command was given challenging missions, the Avro Lancaster heavy bomber was always their go-to plane. Equipped with four Rolls-Royce engines with an impressive top speed of 187 miles per hour, it has an excellent lifting capacity and an unobstructed bomb bay.  Its standard load of up to 18,000 pounds […] More

Why The Germans Never Built An Aircraft Carrier

You might find yourself asking, where were the German carriers in World War II? Did Hitler have any? Well kind of.  Germany built an aircraft carrier during WWII and had three more planned. It was one of the biggest ships built during the war, but it was never deployed.  Here’s the story behind the Graf […] More

The Soviet Gun That Kept Destroying Its Own Aircraft

Unlike the Americans who basically designed the A-10 aircraft around a big gun, their Soviet counterparts were actually doing the opposite.  What they did is that they already took an existing fighter aircraft, and created an enormously powerful gun for it.  Flying Balcony When compared to the MiG-23, the MiG 27’s design was slightly simplified […] More

Operation Secret Squirrel – Top Secret B-52s

On January 16, 1991, after months of training in a mission they were not fully informed about, the United States Air Force’s 596th Bomb Squadron’s mysterious mission suddenly become a reality.  Because of Iraq’s Invasion of Kuwait, over 57 airmen hopped aboard seven B-52 Stratofortresses carrying a highly secretive new American weapon, and do the […] More

How One Japanese Bullet Almost Changed History

The year was 1944. During a high-risk bombing mission against the Imperial Japanese forces, an American plane takes a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire.  Incredibly, this one plane, this one mission, and this one round from a Japanese gun would play a key role in shaping the fate of the Western world for the next […] More

The Mission that Knocked Out an Entire US Air Force and Was Still Worth It  

Over 376 B-17 Flying Fortresses were tasked to pierce the industrial heart of Germany and take down the Luftwaffe’s manufacturing capabilities. Squadrons of P-47 Thunderbolts were asked to escort the bombers, but German Messerschmitt Bf 109s swarmed them.   By then, the Thunderbolts have also reached their fuel limit, and they were forced to abandon the […] More

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