planes

It's Not Aliens

Atlantis, Aliens, and Time Warps: The Enduring Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

Rogue waves could be responsible for some of the region’s most notorious vanishings, but that won't stop rumors about Atlantis, aliens, and time warps.
Becky Ferreira
8.13.18
watching the watchers

We Tracked Police and Military Planes at the G7

Accessible tools made quantifying air activity over the heavily-policed economic summit a breeze.
Laurent Bastien Corbeil
6.21.18
Dude, where's my jet

Twitter’s the Only Tool You Need for Tracking the Military

There's a reason FlightRadar24 has 360,000 followers.
Ben Sullivan
4.24.17
Dropped Pins

How an Airline Tragedy Brought GPS to the Masses

The Soviet shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 in 1983 spurred Ronald Reagan to open the US military’s satellite-based Global Positioning System for civilian use.
Sebastien Roblin
4.11.17
Foreign-Made Goods

We Sent US Soldiers to World War I With Barely Any Gear

How under-equipped American troops adapted to using foreign weapons tech as they entered the Great War.
David Longenbach
4.9.17
Turbulence

The US Air Force’s Updated E-3G Radar Planes Are Vulnerable to Hacks

Ironically, the downside to having modern computers in planes lies in their susceptibility to that most contemporary of threats—hacking.
Sebastien Roblin
3.3.17
machines

How to Track the US Air Force’s Covert Fleet of Civilian-Styled Planes

Ever get the urge to take a sneaky peek into some of the Pentagon’s less well-publicized missions around the world?
Joseph Trevithick
1.17.17
planes

The Military's Hornet Fighters Are Falling Out of the Sky

Six months. Eight accidents. Eight destroyed Hornets and one damaged one. Five dead aviators.
David Axe
12.15.16
Donald Trump

How Trump Could Actually Make the US Air Force Great Again

In the absence of a more specific official policy, Motherboard asked US air power experts what they think the president-elect should do to improve the military's flying branch.
David Axe
12.1.16
Donald Trump

The F-35 Stealth Fighter Is Politically Unstoppable—Even Under President Trump

Lockheed Martin is now lobbying his transition team.
Robert Beckhusen
11.15.16
ISIS

The US Military’s Drone-Killing Planes Are Hunting ISIS’s Weaponized Quadcopters

In October, American forces in the Middle East had at least two aircraft capable of jamming radio signals used by insurgents to trigger bombs on the ground.
David Axe
11.11.16
ISIS

The US Air Force’s Biggest Spy Planes Are Hunting ISIS Fighters

Sporting more than a dozens antennas, the jet’s main job is to orbit above or near the battlefield and scoop up enemy communications chatter.
Joseph Trevithick
11.4.16
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