Forgotten military bases and abandoned hardware constitute many fascinating modern ruins, while educating us about our past and informing us of the heroic deeds carried out by previous generations across the world. Join us as we explore crumbling wartime airfields, isolated research stations, even top secret aircraft, and much more.
These photographs by Al Henderson and Alan Allen mark the last few days of Phantom F-4J ZE351 on the fire dump at RAF Finningley in South Yorkshire, awaiting scrapping.
May 16-17 marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Chastise, the famous Dam Busters raid carried out by No. 617 Squadron RAF, Bomber Command. This article examines 20 historic images of the raid and bomber crews.
This article examples three classified aircraft that may have been built and flown at Area 51 over the past three decades. And while there’s no hard evidence that they were, there are some compelling clues.
It’s amazing what can be found while flying around the world via Google Earth – such as the ghostly images of Britain’s lost airfields and, in this, an amazingly intact anti-aircraft battery and control centre – which are likely to have been decoys.
For three months and three weeks during the summer and Autumn of 1940, the Battle of Britain raged in the skies over southern England. This article examines 20 German aircraft that crash landed during the air campaign.
These abandoned Russian-built fighter jets are part of an impressive MiG-23 graveyard at Joint Base Balad, a former Iraqi air force base located within the borders of the so-called Sunni Triangle.
Those iconic Russian-built fighter aircraft known collectively as MiGs are widely displayed throughout the towns and cities of the former Soviet Union. In this article we visit Cold War icons turned into “MiG monuments”.
Chances are you’ll never get a close look, but this pole-mounted F-117 Nighthawk is notable as the only complete production Stealth Fighter on display – sort of!
The US government is notoriously obstructive about allowing members of the public near its fleet of mothballed Stealth Fighters. So artist Zaq Landsberg built his own full scale wooden mock-up.
Not only is the Kent Battle of Britain Museum the oldest and largest collection of Battle of Britain artefacts in the UK, it also boasts an unusual collection of aircraft mock-ups used during the making of the epic 1969 film.
For almost a year, from February to December 1916, fierce fighting on hilly terrain north of Verdun-sur-Meuse transformed the landscape forever and became one of the most devastating battles in history.
Firefox: no, not Mozilla! We’re talking about the fictional Soviet MiG-31 super fighter stolen by Mitchell Gant (Clint Eastwood), in the film adaptation of Craig Thomas’ 1977 novel.
This abandoned Second World War pillbox is among several hidden in the sand dunes of Northumberland’s Embleton Bay. But it isn’t the only relic of war to be found along this stretch of heritage coastline.
In November 2003, the first component of the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter prototype was manufactured. Ten years later, its troubled development remains ongoing. In this article we take a look at the F-35 production line in Fort Worth.
To the side of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, Maryland, is the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, home of two retired technology demonstrator aircraft that competed in the Joint Strike Fighter competition.