Military Surplus, Military-Grade Awesome

Top Gun – The movie makers Mig of choice

Can you name all the movies that F-5's have pretended to be Migs? I can't.

Formation of three aggressor F-5E aircraft of the 527th TFTS, RAF Alconbury, U.K., on Jan. 15, 1983. (U.S. Air Force photo)

No aircraft signifies fake MiG’s more than the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter in Hollywood.  During the late seventies and up until early nineties it would be featured in countless movies as the enemy. Naturally the truth is stranger than fiction on several levels.

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Airborne Awesomosity

Going Tailless

When Northrop began development of the X-4 Bantam, tailless aircraft weren’t new. However, the US had no experience with them and was hoping to find a solution to shock stall as we pushed towards breaking the sound barrier.

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Airborne Awesomosity, Big Complicated Machines

Flying wings and lobbyists that go bump in the night

Sit back and let me tell you a tale, a tale of two very different companies. One with some very good lobbyists and the other trying to push the state of the art into the future

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Airborne Awesomosity

“Arguably the Most Unstable Aircraft Man Had Ever Flown”

And possibly the ugliest, to boot. Looking more like an origami beluga whale than an aircraft, Tacit Blue was one of the most bizarre technology demonstrators ever to take flight, but proved the technologies it pioneered.

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