Video: First Firing of F-35 Gun Pod

F-35 with gun pod

Bad news about the F-35's combat capabilities, development, and its cost is nothing new. We've already reported on several bumps in the road for the fighter, including its dogfight with an F-16, potentially dangerous ejection seat, limited arsenal, and more!.

However, it's not all bad news - the F-35's stealthy external gun pod, which will be carried on the Marine Corp's F-35B and the Navy's F-35C, has finally been tested!

Video: E-2 Plunges Toward Sea in Carrier Landing Mishap

E-2 Hawkeye Carrier Landing

The dangers of Naval Aviation are many, and one of the biggest is probably landing aboard the carrier.

We've shown dicey carrier landings before. One of the most notable is probably this landing from a VFA-115 Cruise Video (starting at 1:50), but this new landing, taken from flight-deck and superstructure footage aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, may take the cake.

Video: RAF F-35B in 4K

F-35 JSF

The first F-35B delivered to the British Royal Air Force was joined by two USMC F-35Bs at the RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, and they put on a nice demonstration - not only of the F-35's maneuverability, but also the B-variants ability to land vertically.

Final Formation For Blue Angels Solos

Blue Angels #6

The Navy, Marines, and the Blue Angels have been in mourning over the past few days following the loss of Marine Corps Captain Jeff Kuss, pilot of the #6 Opposing Solo jet during a demonstration training flight.

In a touching display of aerial camaraderie, the #5 and #6 Blue Angels flew one last formation together, with Captain Kuss's body being carried in the Blue Angels C-130 transport "Fat Albert".

VFA-115 Eagles Cruise Video!

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the VFA-115 Cruise Video

Late last month the VFA-115 Eagles released a 6-minute teaser for their 2015 West Pacific deployment.

Flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet, this cruise video shows just about every aspect of their work! Low level (over land and sea), dogfights, ground attack, formation flying, low-level flybys, and even some gun camera and news footage about their deployment.

Mid-80's Squadron Videos are Hilarious

GoPro and other small high-def cameras have really upped the quality of squadron and deployment videos over the past few years, but its worth noting that it wasn't always like that.

Here's a squadron video from the mid-80's from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2), and while it's not nearly as full of cockpit and aviation footage as today's videos, it's still a pretty great way to spend 4 minutes!

Obama's Push for Vet Hiring - A Rocky Success

Military veterans

The push to improve employment prospects for veterans after they return home is paying off - about one in every three people hired by the federal government now is a military veteran - but it's also causing confusion and resentment in both civilians looking for the same jobs and those doing the hiring.

VFA-2 Cruise Video is 15 minutes of Awesome!

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It seems like a new (and increasingly awesome) Navy aviation video is released every week or two, and this one is no exception!

F/A-18's Bitchin' Betty Retiring

Bitchin' Betty - the voice in an aircraft's cockpit that informs them of a serious or potentially life-threatening situation - is something that all pilots are familiar with. The woman responsible for the F/A-18 Hornet's Bitchin' Betty, Leslie Shook, recently announced her retirement from Boeing.

As a farewell gift for many years of service, Boeing put together this short tribute video:

Navy SEAL Receives Nation's Highest Honor

Edward Byers receives Medal of Honor

Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward C. Byers Jr., a member of the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6, received the military's highest award February 29th, in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

Navy Top News Stories

BUSAN, Republic of Korea (April 24, 2017


The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) arrives in Busan for a scheduled port visit while conducting routine patrols throughout the western Pacific. Michigan is the second submarine of the Ohio-class of ballistic missile and guided missile submarines, and the third U.S. ship to bear the name. Michigan is homeported in Bremerton, Wash. and is forwarded deployed from Guam. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jermaine Ralliford (Released) 170425-N-WT427-002
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PHILIPPINE SEA (April 23, 2017)


The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Philippine Sea while conducting a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is operating as part of U.S. 7th Fleet, but remains deployed under the U.S. 3rd Fleet Forward operating concept, which provides additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander and leverages the capabilities of both 3rd and 7th Fleets. U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific regularly and routinely for more than 70 years. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers (Released) 170423-N-GD109-023
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Temporary C602 road closure to affect travel between Mildenhall and Lakenheath

The C602 road between Eriswell Road and Holywell Row, Suffolk, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from until Thursday for maintenance works, according to the Suffolk County Council.
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Afghan official: Taliban kill 8 police in northern province

The Taliban overran three security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, killing eight policemen and cutting off a key road and two of the region's districts, an Afghan official said on Tuesday.
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Navy clears environmental hurdle for exercise in Alaskan gulf this year

The Navy announced Monday that it will move ahead with plans for an annual large-scale exercise in the Gulf of Alaska involving a carrier strike group.
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