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Clement Charpentreau

Sketching the 6th generation fighter jet

While countries are still developing the 5th-generation fighter jets, the most advanced so far, manufacturers around the world are already outlining the future of combat aircraft. Let's take a look at the most promising ones to try and decipher what could be the 6th generation fighter jets....


Kristina Kirkliauskaite

U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots: one and same thing?

It is well-known that not everyone can become a U.S. Air Force or Navy pilots. At first, candidates have to fit in the strict educational and physical requirements, then take intense pilot training sessions to finally be able to operate incredible aircraft. Here are several differences between U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots, from the requirements to their various pilot wings.  ...


Clement Charpentreau

USAF accidentally drops hypersonic missile during test

A hypersonic missile under development accidentally separated from a B-52 aircraft during tests in the United States, according to media reports....


Clement Charpentreau

Flawed Boeing KC-46A tanker catches Israel interest

The State Department officially informed the Congress of its intention to proceed with the sale of 8 Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tankers, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced. The sale could help reduce the stress currently affecting the USAF aerial refueling capacities....


Clement Charpentreau

First Dutch F-35A grounded for three weeks after welcome blunder

As the Koninklijke Luchtmacht, the Dutch Air Force, was receiving its first operational F-35A fighter jet in Leeuwarden, on October 31, the whole country had eyes on the new aircraft. However, not everything went as expected....


Clement Charpentreau

British F-35Bs land for the first time on HMS Queen Elizabeth

For the very first time, F-35B Lightning II fighter jets of the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier while off the coast of the United States....


Ruta Burbaite

No paper plane: NASA supersonic X-59 QueSST is coming together

Following years of research and design engineering, NASA believes it has come up with a solution on how to reduce a sonic boom. The agency has been working with defense contractor Lockheed Martin to develop the technology that can overcome current noise restrictions for commercial supersonic flight over land and pave the way for establishing a new market of air travel. The project is known as X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology or QueSST and, accord...


Clement Charpentreau

The Netherlands to acquire nine additional F-35A fighter jets

The Dutch Ministry of Defense announced the planned acquisition of nine additional Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter jets. The contract is valued at €1 billion and should eventually be followed by another order for six more aircraft....


Clement Charpentreau

Lockheed Martin delivers first French KC-130J Super Hercules

The first KC-130J Super Hercules of the French Armée de l’Air landed at Orléans-Bricy Air Base on September 19, 2019. The aircraft was highly anticipated in France, as it will allow refueling the country’s helicopters in-flight....


Clement Charpentreau

US administration approves $6.5 billion sale of F-35A to Poland

The State Department officially informed the Congress of its intention to proceed with the sale of 32 F-35A fighter jets to Poland. ...