F/A-18 Hornet Lightning Bolt

A US Navy F/A-18 is illuminated by a single bolt of lightning. Painted in aggressor colors, these Hornets are used to replicate the tactics of potential adversaries at the Naval Fighter Weapons School, or Top Gun. Shot at f/8 with a 30-second exposure time with a Nikon D90 and Nikkor 180mm prime lens.

November 27, 2023

First Boeing T-7A Red Hawk Delivered to Air Force

The first production Boeing T-7A Red Hawk was delivered to the US Air Force on September 14, 2023. Intended to replace the aging Northrop T-38 Talon that first flew in 1959, the Red Hawk will provide a modern supersonic flight training platform for fighter and bomber pilots. Topics Related To: MODERN AVIATION

October 3, 2023

Mountaintop Altiport: How a Tiny, Sloping Runway Provides Access to a Legendary Ski Resort

Ask a group of pilots to describe the most challenging airports they’ve ever experienced, and you’ll hear stories about airports around the world that present a wide variety of unique characteristics. From airports built on plateaus like Telluride, Colorado, to others on tiny scraps of land jutting out into the ocean like Saba in the Caribbean, short runways and unusual…

July 26, 2023

Discover National Intercollegiate Flying Association Competitions

Every year, some of the nation’s best and brightest new pilots descend upon otherwise sleepy municipal airports to participate in intense flight competitions. These aren’t competitions involving daredevil stunts or high-speed passes with afterburners, and no spectators line up to enjoy the show. These are collegiate flight competitions in which aviation students harness their skills and strive to fly as…