When it comes to ultra-secret, highaltitude recon and surveillance, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is the very icon of awe and mystery. Few people have ever seen these futuristic-looking aircraft up close that weren’t on active duty. The full-size Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a long-range, high-altitude, Mach 3-plus strategic reconnaissance aircraft operated by the U.S. Air Force. Developed as a black project in the 1960s by Lockheed Skunk Works division, it was in service from 1964 to 1998 and was designed to fly at 80,000 feet. A total of 32 aircraft were built.
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April 25, 1967, VA-212 tests the A-4 to the limit
Boeing’s electronic attack weapon
Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3
Authenticated by its log books, an N3N that 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush trained in is preserved and still flying—now owned by Stewart Wells.
Five-Gun Fury .
Lt. Floyd Fulkerson: Wingman to the Aces
Impossible barriers are made to be broken
Few technologies have had such a rapid development and such a powerful impact on mankind as the invention of the airplane.
YELLOW SCORPIONS - P-51 Mustangs rule the skies in China
Using Chinese airfields, the 311th Fighter Group was the first to take World War II to the Japanese. The 311th’s 530th Fighter Squadron, which became known as the “Yellow Scorpions,” was the first squadron based in China. During their combat tour, they flew A-36 dive bombers along with all versions of the P-51 (A, B, C and D). However, it was their expertise with P-51 B and C models that earned them the respect of Japanese pilots.
WACO “Super Sport” S3HD - A Golden Age king
The WACO “Super Sport” S3HD is often referred to as the “King of the WACO biplanes.” Built as only one example, it is the stuff of legends.
SPITFIRE WITH A PUNCH - ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER IN POLISH COLORS
Squadron Leader Clive Rowley, MBE RAF (Ret.), a former officer commanding the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, tells the story behind the latest color scheme for the Flight’s Spitfire Mk XVI TE311.
F-35B LIGHTNING II SEMPER FI
The JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) program is synonymous with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which ultimately won the competition against Boeing and its X-32. The JSF plan was to have a similar new fighter for the U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy and U.S. allies: Build a bunch and keep the price tag down. It has been a success story since then.
DEFENDER OF THE REICH WW II as seen by a Luftwaffe Ace
Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring was in rare form, his eyes full of fire as he faced one of the better known of Germany’s aces, Oberst Walther Dahl. “Göring’s reply astonished even me,” Dahl remembered. “In the presence of pilots with heads, arms and legs in plaster, he yelled: ‘You cowards! Now I know why your Geschwader holds the record for parachute jumps: you jump so as not to fight.’
‘DEATH RAYS' ON BOARD!
The Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator would be mounted on the fuselage or wing of a fighter jet
The world’s coolest and most luxurious helicopters are the ultimate modes of VIP transport
It Was A Very Good Year
And A Busy One…Sweet Memories From An Old Logbook.
MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Most Asian nations that operate fleets of legacy fighter aircraft continue to procure upgrade packages to increase capability and the extend service life of their jets. Around the Indo-Pacific, numerous upgrade programmes for American, European and Russian types are underway.
Lockheed Martin Flies Mission-enabling Kubernetes Onboard U-2
The U-2 flew a Kubernetes cloud that connected in-flight to a ground node, extending the U-2’s network-of-networks connectivity.
LOCKHEED MARTIN CONCLUDES ANNUAL SUPPLIERS CONFERENCE
Reaffirming its continued commitment to and focus on Make in India, Lockheed Martin has announced the culmination of the 7th edition of its annual Suppliers Conference on July 31, 2020. The event was co-hosted with Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
INDIA'S MH-60R CHOPPERS WILL BE ENABLED WITH LINK-16
The Indian Navy will be flying the same helicopters as the US Navy in the Indo-Pacific region. Moreover, the Australian Navy also flies the same kind of aircraft. So, there is a great opportunity towards boosting interoperability. These helicopters can literally scan 20 percent of the entire surface of the Indo-Pacific theatre and can sniff out hostile assets through their powerful sensors, says TOM KANE, Director of Naval Helicopter Programmes, Lockheed Martin; and WILLIAM BLAIR, Vice President and Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin in India, in this interaction with Geopolitics
F-35S, PATRIOTS AND A BLACKLISTING!
The announcement earlier this month of two mega sales—F-35s to Japan and patriot missiles to Taiwan— by the US has angered China who see it as another ‘provocation’. It is also a reflection of a hardening stance by Japan and Taiwan who routinely describe Chinese military incursions as the ‘real provocation’ Taking a cue, policymakers in Delhi are suggesting that India needs to reframe its relationship with Taiwan
WOMEN IN AVIATION INTERNATIONAL (INDIA CHAPTER) AND LOCKHEED MARTIN INDIA ADVANCE STEM EDUCATION IN INDIA
The initiative aims to support ongoing mentoring and remote engagement for middle and high school students to promote careers in aerospace and aviation
La pandemia en México desarma a Estados Unidos
El gobierno de Estados Unidos libra una lucha en México por la reapertura de sus empresas que radican en Baja California y que la pandemia y las autoridades locales han obligado a cerrar, dejando de producir los artefactos y piezas que necesitan la industria bélica y espacial estadunidense. Los esfuerzos por la reapertura son un estira y afloja entre ambas administraciones y se espera que en los próximos días se anuncie un acuerdo que no ponga en riesgo a los trabajadores mexicanos.