One of the most iconic aircraft ever build, the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk or “Stealth Fighter” which in fact wasn’t a fighter but an attack aircraft. It was so secret it stayed hidden from the general public for 11 years, flying at night out of a dedicated airbase.
Lockheed’s SR-71 Blackbird first flew in 1964 and was decommissioned in 1999. Not known until the mid nineties is that the SR-71 was developed from the top secret Lockheed A-12. The A-12, project Oxcart, was build for the CIA as high speed and high altitude reconnaissance aircraft as replacement for the U-2.
The days of the mighty tri-motor airliner are numbered. Production ended in 1989 with over 400 build. The last scheduled passenger flight with a DC-10 was flown on December 7th 2013. The DC-10 now only continues as cargo aircraft and will disappear entirely over the coming years.
Not known by many people, the Tupolev 144 was the world’s First supersonic transport aircraft (SST) just two months before Concorde. It was also the first SST to exceed Mach 2. Very similar in design to Concorde, allegations were often made that the Soviets had stolen Concords plans. In this article we will look into the history, and present status of this remarkable aircraft.
The VC-25A, best known as Air Force One, is in fact a big presidential taxi. The United States Of America uses two Boeing 747-200's especially modified for this task. Throughout the years many different aircraft were used as AF 1, aircraft like the DC-6 and Boeing 707. We look into the latest airframe, the Boeing 747 (military designated as VC-25A.)
The National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC), nicknamed "Doomsday plane" is an aerial command station designed to execute war orders when ground facilities are destroyed during a nuclear conflict.
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