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F-18 HARV

F-18 HARV

Notes: Previously in this series of videos, we have looked at two experimental offshoots of popular designs. The first - the F-15 ACTIVE - was a hyper agile, thrust vectoring variant of the F-15B, and saw great success during its testing phase. The next aircraft was...

F-16XL

F-16XL

Notes: Previously we looked at the F-15 ACTIVE, an experimental program which set out to produce a workable thrust vectoring variant of the F-15B. The success of the ACTIVE program helped pave the way for future thrust vectoring technology. Beyond the F-15 ACTIVE...

F-15 ACTIVE

F-15 ACTIVE

Notes: The F-15 is undoubtedly one of the most successful modern fighters. After several decades of service, it has scored dozens of victories, yet never been lost in combat. With an impressive combat history and plans to continue the program with improved versions,...

X-59

X-59

Notes: X-59: The New X-PLANE In 2016, Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract to develop a new X-plane, with the goal of researching low-boom supersonic flight. The result - an aircraft now referred to as the X-59 - has now been completed, and will soon begin testing....

Russian Su-27 vs Ukrainian Su-27

Russian Su-27 vs Ukrainian Su-27

  Notes: As the war in Ukraine continues, we thought it would be interesting to discuss one aspect of the airpower used by both sides. While initial air combat occurred during the opening days of the war, there hasn’t been a lot of reporting about the situation...

KF-21 Boramae

KF-21 Boramae

Notes: As allies of Australia, the new Korean aircraft, KF-21, is an important consideration, as it will likely be part of allied integration programs in the region. DEVELOPMENT For the past number of decades, the South Korean military has attempted to increase its...

F-15 ASAT Program

F-15 ASAT Program

Transcript The F15 Satellite Killer In the early 1980s, an interesting new program was proposed for the F-15. With an assumption that future warfare would involve low orbit satellites, a proposal was made to develop a set of weapons capable of being launched from...

Battle of the Aces: Erich Hartmann vs Hans-Joachim Marseille

Battle of the Aces: Erich Hartmann vs Hans-Joachim Marseille

Notes: When it comes to fighter aces, the Luftwaffe remains unmatched. Despite having no such title of ‘ace’ during World War 2, the Luftwaffe forged over 2500 pilots who would be classified by the allied standard as ‘ace’. The highest scoring of these aces stand...

When Israeli F4s fought North Korean MiGs

When Israeli F4s fought North Korean MiGs

One of the stranger aerial battles of the jet age supposedly occurred during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in which a series of coincidences ended up pitting Israeli F4 pilots against North Korean MiGs.

SR-71 Blackbirds over Vietnam

SR-71 Blackbirds over Vietnam

Following the U-2 spy plane came the development of the A-12 and SR-71 - for the CIA and USAF respectively.These aircraft would first see service over Vietnam, where their stealth tech and high performance capabilities would be pushed to their limits.   Notes:...

The F-14s that served in Vietnam

The F-14s that served in Vietnam

Notes: The F-14 has become one of the most recognisable jet aircraft of all time. Featuring in many films, games, and so forth, the Tomcat is certainly a familiar sight, and many are aware of its combat roles throughout the 80s and 90s, from the Libya incident in...

BAC Strikemaster

BAC Strikemaster

Notes: In the 1960s, a small, unique, and capable ground attack aircraft was designed by British Aircraft Corporation. This aircraft, the BAC 167 Strikemaster, would go on to serve with a number of countries across the world. First flying in 1967, the Strikemaster was...

The German U-Boat Autogiro

The German U-Boat Autogiro

During the Second World War the Germans experimented with an interesting rotary wing design known as a 'rotor kite'. These concepts would result in a fully functional spotting aircraft to be used by Kriegsmarine U-Boats

Bf 109 vs A6M Zero: Which Axis fighter was superior?

Bf 109 vs A6M Zero: Which Axis fighter was superior?

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Mitsubishi A6M Zero are remembered as the Axis forces primary fighters in World War 2. Both served from the start of the war until its end. Which was the superior machine? Notes: During world war 2, both the Germans and Japanese...

P-51 Mustang vs P-47 Thunderbolt: Best US fighter in Europe?

P-51 Mustang vs P-47 Thunderbolt: Best US fighter in Europe?

Notes: INITIAL IMPRESSIONS Both the Thunderbolt and Mustang differed greatly in terms of design, but despite their differences, when it came to combat, both would emerge as near-equal matches in many regards. These two aircraft had very different power plants. The...

F4U Corsair vs F6F Hellcat | Which was the better fighter?

F4U Corsair vs F6F Hellcat | Which was the better fighter?

F4U Corsair vs F6F Hellcat: Which was the better fighter? Today, when people look back at the pacific theatre, there are two American fighter aircraft which are often remembered together . Those are; the Vought F4U Corsair, and the Grumman F6F Hellcat. Both have been...

ME 262: Strange & Deadly variants

ME 262: Strange & Deadly variants

Transcript: Under the pressures of war, many proven aircraft designs underwent a continual process of variation. At a somewhat frantic pace, significant resources were thrown at attempts to out-class enemy aircraft with all sorts of novel design concepts for better...

How Iran strapped SAMs to F-14 Tomcats

How Iran strapped SAMs to F-14 Tomcats

During the Iran-Iraq War, the F-14 was used by Iran to control the air. However a shortage of air to air missiles meant that Iranian engineers had to turn to the only other alternative they could find; Raytheon HAWK surface to air missiles. They would attempt to fire...

The Evolution of the Huey

The Evolution of the Huey

INTRO Throughout the history of aviation, certain designs have emerged which have become icons within popular culture. One such design is the Bell UH-1 'Huey', an aircraft which played a pivotal role in the Vietnam War, and arguably one of the most memorable...

LIMA SITE 85: How a Huey shot down a plane

LIMA SITE 85: How a Huey shot down a plane

One of the strangest stories from the Vietnam War occured in Laos, when a CIA Huey managed to shoot down a North Vietnamese aircraft. LIMA SITE 85: When a Huey shot down a Plane The Vietnam war has no shortage of strange and intriguing stories, but few come close to a...

How the Bf 109 saved Israel

How the Bf 109 saved Israel

Following the Second World War, Czechoslovakia acquired what schematics it could on the Messerschmitt Bf 109 to manufacture them for the Czech Air Force. This aircraft would become known as the Avia S-199 and it played a crucial role in the survival of the newly...

Australian Spitfire Ace Over Dunkirk | A Heroic Tale

Australian Spitfire Ace Over Dunkirk | A Heroic Tale

The story we've told in the video was a recollection by Gordon to Dennis Newton, an aviation historian and author, about one of his adventures over Dunkirk. Below is a newspaper article that mentions the episode among other experiences. For the purposes of propaganda...