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  • Chinese Citizen Flies Drone Over JS Izumo, USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carriers in Japan

    A drone was able to fly close to aircraft carriers and warships at Yokosuka Naval Base, exposing security failures, while person who shot the footage apologized. A drone footage of the JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense [...] The post Chinese Citizen Flies Drone Over JS Izumo, USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carriers in Japan appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • Fourth U.S. MQ-9 Reaper Lost to Houthi Anti-Aircraft Missile In 6 Months

    This is the fourth U.S. Reaper drone being shot down by the Houthi rebels since October 2023. Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Friday claimed to have shot down another American MQ-9 Reaper drone, circulating footage of [...] The post Fourth U.S. MQ-9 Reaper Lost to Houthi Anti-Aircraft Missile In 6 Months appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • Swiss Hotel In Espionage Row: U.S. Fears Chinese Spy Plot Near F-35 Base

    A century-old hotel in Unterbach, Switzerland, has become the focus of American intelligence due to its proximity to Meiringen airfield, where the Swiss Air Force plans to base its F-35A fighter jets. Hotel Rössli, a [...] The post Swiss Hotel In Espionage Row: U.S. Fears Chinese Spy Plot Near F-35 Base appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • Russia Claims It Destroyed 25 Ukrainian USVs In Black Sea In Last 24 Hours

    The drone vessels, or USVs (Unmanned Surface Vehicles), were headed towards Crimea, the Russian MOD said. Ukraine appears to have again intensified its naval kamikaze drone strikes against Russia’s BSF (Black Sea Fleet) in Crimea. [...] The post Russia Claims It Destroyed 25 Ukrainian USVs In Black Sea In Last 24 Hours appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • Final Delivery of Polish Bayraktar TB2 Drones Completed

    Poland now operates all of its new TB2 drones previously ordered from Turkey. Polish MOD studying the possibility of establishing a new branch of the Polish Armed Forces named “Unmanned Forces”. On May 16, 2024, [...] The post Final Delivery of Polish Bayraktar TB2 Drones Completed appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • Danish Prime Minister Declares F-16s Reaching Ukraine ‘Within Months’

    As per plans, Denmark is supposed to transfer 19 F-16s to Ukraine. Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederisken has announced that F-16 fighters the country is set to transfer to Ukraine will be available to Kyiv [...] The post Danish Prime Minister Declares F-16s Reaching Ukraine ‘Within Months’ appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • Back Into The Cockpit: 70-Year Old Instructor Pilot Flies Again In The B-52 After 28 Years

    The last time William “Bill” Pedeaux had flown in the B-52 was when he was on active-duty at now defunct Castle Air Force Base, California…almost three decades ago. Last week, William “Bill” Pedeaux, a contracted [...] The post Back Into The Cockpit: 70-Year Old Instructor Pilot Flies Again In The B-52 After 28 Years appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • Let’s Talk About Ukraine’s Attack On Russian Radar Station, Air Base in Crimea with Storm Shadow, ATACMS

    The attacks on Russia-held Crimea reflect a wider US strategy to make the peninsula undefendable for Russia, in a way that impacts its operations on land. Ukrainian and Russian sources reported strikes at a radar [...] The post Let’s Talk About Ukraine’s Attack On Russian Radar Station, Air Base in Crimea with Storm Shadow, ATACMS appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • End Of An Era: MCAS Cherry Point Hosts Final USMC AV-8B Harrier II Demo

    “It’s bittersweet, all the good things have to come to an end; it’s our turn soon, but not yet” a Jump Jet pilot told us at MCAS Cherry Point Airshow. Over the weekend of May [...] The post End Of An Era: MCAS Cherry Point Hosts Final USMC AV-8B Harrier II Demo appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler Sports Mysterious Mi-24 Kill Mark

    The kill mark can be seen in a recent photo of an EA-18G assigned to VAQ-130, currently deployed in the Red Sea aboard the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier. The Navy, however, has never disclosed any [...] The post U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler Sports Mysterious Mi-24 Kill Mark appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • China’s Mystery Stealth Warship Now Sailing

    The ship has emerged at a time when navies are exploring ways to unburden bigger capital warships like destroyers of routine tasks. Photos of what appears to be a Chinese stealth warship on social media [...] The post China’s Mystery Stealth Warship Now Sailing appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • The F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Unveils New Retro 50th Anniversary Paint Scheme

    The red, white and blue paint scheme was the original livery worn by the YF-16 prototype first flown in 1974. On May 15, 2024, the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team revealed a special [...] The post The F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Unveils New Retro 50th Anniversary Paint Scheme appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • Belgian Air Force F-35A Flies For The First Time

    Here are the first images of the first Belgian Air Force F-35A during its maiden flight. On May 14, 2024, AY-03, the third of a total order of 34 F-35s destined to Belgium, made its [...] The post Belgian Air Force F-35A Flies For The First Time appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • US And Taiwan Navies Unofficially Conducted Joint Pacific Drills Amid Rising Threats from China

    About half a dozen vessels from both sides, including frigates and supply and support vessels participated in the days-long exercises that, officially, did not take place. The US and Taiwanese navies unofficially held joint drills [...] The post US And Taiwan Navies Unofficially Conducted Joint Pacific Drills Amid Rising Threats from China appeared first on The Aviationist.

  • Air Force Instructor Pilot Dies From Injuries Caused By Ejection Seat Activation On The Ground

    The incident involved a T-6A Texan II at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. A US Air Force instructor pilot from the 80th Flying Training Wing passed away on May 14, 2024, due to injuries caused [...] The post Air Force Instructor Pilot Dies From Injuries Caused By Ejection Seat Activation On The Ground appeared first on The Aviationist.