Category Archives: Aviation

Exploring the Wreck of USS Macon, The Navy's Last Flying Aircraft Carrier

Exploring the Wreck of USS Macon, The Navy’s Last Flying Aircraft Carrier

A screen grab of video from the Aug. 18, 2015 dive on the USS Macon. Ocean Exploration Trust Photo

A screen grab of video from the Aug. 18, 2015 dive on the USS Macon. Ocean Exploration Trust Photo

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Eighty years ago, the Navy’s last flying aircraft carrier crashed off the coast of California and sank to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

The sinking of USS Macon (ZRS-5), a lighter-than-air rigid airship, resulted in few deaths but its loss ended the Navy’s quest to use airships as long-range scouts for the fleet.

While the idea died, the wreck Macon lives on as an important archaeological site and this week Naval History and Heritage Command, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and several non-profits came together to explore the wreckage, mapping out pieces of the airship and its four biplanes and studying the change in its material condition over time. Read More

Army Black Hawk Was Conducting SOF Demonstration For Japanese When Crash Occurred

Army Black Hawk Was Conducting SOF Demonstration For Japanese When Crash Occurred

A damaged U.S. Army helicopter rests on the desk of the USNS Red Cloud off Okinawa island, southern Japan on Aug. 12, 2015. Kyodo Photo

A damaged U.S. Army helicopter rests on the deck of the USNS Red Cloud off Okinawa island, southern Japan on Aug. 12, 2015. Kyodo Photo

The Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed aboard the USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR-313) on Wednesday was demonstrating its special operations capabilities to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at the time of the incident, U.S. Forces Japan announced. Read More

Fourth MUOS Satellite Prepares for Launch

Fourth MUOS Satellite Prepares for Launch

MUOS-4 encapsulated in its protective launch vehicle fairing for its Aug. 31, 2015 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. United Launch Alliance Photo

MUOS-4 encapsulated in its protective launch vehicle fairing for its Aug. 31, 2015 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. United Launch Alliance Photo

The Navy’s fourth satellite of its planned next generation communication constellation is being ready for a planned launch later this month, contractor Lockheed Martin said on Thursday. Read More

Davis: F-35B External Weapons Give Marines 4th, 5th Generation Capabilities in One Plane

Davis: F-35B External Weapons Give Marines 4th, 5th Generation Capabilities in One Plane

Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn puts F-35B test aircraft BF-02 into pre-contact position behind a US Air Force KC-135 tanker on the range near NAS Patuxent River, Maryland on 5 September 2014. Photo courtesy F-35 Lightning II Program Office.

Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn puts F-35B test aircraft BF-02 into pre-contact position behind a US Air Force KC-135 tanker on the range near NAS Patuxent River, Md., on 5 September 2014. Photo courtesy F-35 Lightning II Program Office.

The Marine Corps’ Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will have the stealth of a fifth-generation fighter and a weapons payload surpassing a fourth-generation fighter by the time a software upgrade is ready for fielding in 2017, the Marines’ top aviator said this week. Read More