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Gaining exposure in the Korean War, and coming of age in Vietnam, advances in military aircraft, such as the jet engine, have enabled armed forces to fight faster, farther and with fewer lost pilots.

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Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter

The F-117A is purely an attack aircraft, and lacks the arms and maneuverability for dogfights. The nature of its mission and the characteristics of the aircraft demand extremely skilled, well-trained pilots. Learn about the Nighthawk Stealth fighter.


Bombs Away: Are You a Member of the Fight(er) Club?

Bombs Away: Are You a Member of the Fight(er) Club?

Fighter planes are a major cog in defense programs worldwide. How lethal is your knowledge of these jets? Take the fighter plane quiz to find out. See more »

How do they deice airplanes?

How do they deice airplanes?

Deicing airplanes is a common practice during winter time. Find out why airlines wait until the last minute to deice airplanes and how deicing works. See more »

How Laser-firing Jets Will Work

How Laser-firing Jets Will Work

Laser-firing jets are now being developed by the U.S. military. Learn how laser-firing jets will work. See more »

How Drone Strikes Work

How Drone Strikes Work

Drone strikes are often planned for specific targets, but the reality of a stirke isn't so exact. Learn how drone strikes work. See more »

How No-fly Zones Work

How No-fly Zones Work

No-fly zones are employed by NATO and the U.N. to protect civilian populations. Learn about the enforcement and effectiveness of no-fly zones. See more »

The Ultimate No-fly Zone Quiz

The Ultimate No-fly Zone Quiz

No-fly zones are employed as a part of international peace-keeping efforts. Test your knowledge with the ultimate no-fly zone quiz. See more »

Watch Your Six: Military Jet Pictures

Watch Your Six: Military Jet Pictures

This military jets image gallery shows some of the planes used by the U.S. Air Force. Take a flight through these military jet pictures. See more »

How Military Flyovers Work

How Military Flyovers Work

Military flyovers are explained in this article. Learn about military flyovers. See more »

How the MQ-9 Reaper Works

How the MQ-9 Reaper Works

The MQ-9 Reaper is one of the latest unmanned aerial vehicles in development. Read about the MQ-9 Reaper and how UAV technology is being used by the Air Force. See more »

Mikoyan-Guryevich MiG-15

Mikoyan-Guryevich MiG-15

The Soviet Mikoyan-Guryevich MiG-15 airplane surpassed its American opponents in many areas. Find facts and specifications for this fighter airplane. See more »