- The U.S. Air Force has named its brand new F-15EX Eagle “Eagle II.”
- “Eagle II” is yet another disappointing sequel name, following on the heels of the “Lightning II.”
- The name is uninspiring in a time when the U.S. military could use some inspiration.
The U.S. Air Force has officially announced the name of its next-generation F-15 Eagle fighter … and it’s about what you’d expect.
- The U.S. Air Force has expressed interest in a new, non-stealthy fighter jet to replace the F-16.
- Several aviation experts have banded together and invented a new jet out of thin air.
- The result, the F-36 Kingsnake, would use the F-22’s engines, place less of an emphasis on stealth, and use digital engineering.
It appears that the US Air Force is taking recent reports of Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapon systems seriously, as it’s upped its game by awarding Lockheed Martin a contract worth up to US$928 million to develop a conventional strike weapon capable of flying over five times the speed of sound.
Lockheed Martin may have lost out on designing America’s next-generation ICBM, but the company has been selected to help replace the vintage AGM-86 Air Launched Cruise Missile. The US$900 million US Air Force Technical Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contract tasks the company with developing the technology needed to build the nuclear-capable Long Range Stand Off (LRSO) missile.
The U.S. Air Force is preparing to start mothballing the B-2 Spirit and B-1B Lancer fleets in preparation for the next-generation stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, according to Aviation Week. The nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber and conventional B-1B supersonic bomber fleets will ultimately be retired to free up funds to support the B-21 program, which is expected to field the first aircraft in the mid-2020s.
Northrop Grumman is working with the U.S. Air Force to develop radical new laser weapons for supersonic fighter jets and hopes to test them in 2019, it has been revealed.
The technology, known as ‘directed energy systems’ will be fitted to future craft to allow them to protect themselves.
The laser weapon will be housed in a pod attached to a fighter-sized aircraft.
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They’re the first tintypes created in a combat zone since the Civil War.
Seeking to capture the humanity of his peers fighting in the Afghanistan war, California Air National Guard aerial gunner Ed Drew asked them to sit for photos on the battlefield.
While the process was painstaking and laborious – when duty called, the Brooklyn-based photographer dropped his camera and jumped into a helicopter – the images were gripping.
Drew was on active duty in the Helmand Province as a helicopter aerial gunner with a U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Unit.
‘To do this process in a war, let alone a foreign war, is historically significant,’ Drew told the New Yorker.
‘The process of wet-plate tintypes is challenging enough with perfect conditions and the availability of chemicals. In a foreign war, with the stresses of combat, lack of basic materials, drying desert air, and the wind and dust of Afghanistan, it was quite a challenge.’
The spectacular images can be viewed at his website Ed Drew Photography.
The plate, encased in a light-tight film holder, is exposed to light in camera and then must be processed within ten minutes of exposure.
For Drew, the unique artistic process helped him work through his own involvement in the war.
‘As a photographer and artist I wanted to achieve something that was physical, one of a kind and very unique,’ he told PetaPixel.
‘I believe in the Japanese aesthetic of ‘Wabi-Sabi’ so the idea that something is imperfect and impermanent interests me.
‘I wanted that to translate in my Afghan images as metaphors for what I experienced in the war, I thought tintypes to be the perfect photographic process to translate Wabi Sabi in my portraits.’
‘After they started seeing how amazing the plates looked, they began booking appointments.
‘One of the guys I flew with is the great great grandson of Buffalo Bill so he asked for a photo just like his grandfather. It was one of my best plates.’
Attribution: Mail Online