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This Aeroplane Looks Like it May Have Flown Back to the Future

We don’t know if Doc Brown worked on this F/A-18C Hornet, seen here taking off. We don’t know if it had a Flux capacitor on board. We also don’t know if it was only travelling at 88 mph when this photo was taken, although it seems unlikely. However, we do know it looks like it’s leaving burning tire tracks in its wake, just like Doc Brown’s time-travelling DeLorean did. We also know this looks awesome. Read More >>

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An Aircraft Carrier Commander’s Last Day in the “Office”

This photo of Captain Christopher Bolt preparing for his last flight looks like a painting, bringing together Bolt’s monochrome profile and the ragged reflection of the carrier’s megastructure on the coating of plane window. Read More >>

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Packed Like Sardines in a Can

From this point of view it seems that one cannot fit a knife between two planes in the crammed hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, where sailors perform maintenance on F/A-18 Super Hornets. Let’s play! How many aircraft can you count in this photo? [Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan McFarlane/U.S. Navy] Read More >>

Transporting an Enormous Aircraft Carrier, Piece By Piece

BAE Systems has just published an amazing time lapse video showing how the largest section of Britain’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier was tossed and towed to Rosyth Dockyard from the dock in Glasgow where it was built. Read More >>

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France’s Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, Aglow in the Dark

This long exposure night shot shows a Rafale M multirole fighter aircraft during take off from the flight deck of Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, the flagship of the French Navy. Read More >>

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Lightning Strikes the Persian Gulf as US Navy Look On

Spectacular scenes like this, viewed from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, on February 8th, makes me want to sign up for the forces. The carrier is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the US military intervention against ISIL, and now transits the Persian Gulf. [John Philip Wagner, Jr./U.S. Navy/DoD] Read More >>

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How Many Sailors Does it Take to Change 111 Light Bulbs?

Three! In this picture, a small team of sailors replace 111 light bulbs on the super structure of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Read More >>

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Look Around the Royal Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier

This excellent 360 degree panoramic image will let you explore the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), the Royal Navy's newest aircraft carrier, as if you were there. Read More >>

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NASA Captured the Lonely Last Journey of an Aircraft Carrier

This is the loneliest funeral march I've ever seen. This photo from November 5th was taken during a NASA mission called Operation IceBridge, the goal of which is to survey polar ice. But it also captured the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64), a Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier being towed by a comparatively tiny tugboat. Read More >>

Night vs. Day Aircraft Carrier Landings in One Harrowing Video

YouTube user Carl Vause recently uploaded a side-by-side shot of two identical aircraft carrier landings—one during the light of day and one in pitch black. The result is absolutely stunning. Read More >>

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This Is How Massive Our New Aircraft Carrier Really Is

Our brand new aircraft carrier is coming along nicely, with the HMS Queen Elizabeth due for launch in 2014. Now that the two halves have been put together for the first time we get a real feeling for just how huge (280m in length) this beast is going to be. It'll be taller than Nelson's Column for goodness sake. Read More >>

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Naval Aircraft Carriers Could Become Floating 3D Printing Factories

These days, the mention of 3D-printed weapons conjures up visions of libertarians printing AK-47s in their garages (ok, that might just be me). But a recent story in the Armed Forces Journal brings word of a more systematic implementation of 3D-printed warfare. Read More >>

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This Is How You Build An Aircraft Carrier (Updated: Behind-the-Scenes Video)

The times when the British Navy ruled the seven seas, killing pirates and upstart colonials is, sadly, gone; that doesn't mean, though, that we can't build impressive little ships to sail around in. The newest and greatest are the two Queen Elizabeth-class carriers, 65,000 tonne supercarriers currently under construction, right here in the not-so-sunny United Kingdom. Read More >>

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What Is Happening to This Aircraft Carrier?

The U.S. Navy has released this stunning photo of sailors participating in a flight deck scrubbing exercise aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), a Nimitz-class supercarrier that is currently undergoing sea trials. But what the hell are they scrubbing? Is the carrier caught in a blizzard? Read More >>

China’s First Aircraft Carrier Claims Its First Victim (Sort Of)

Our frenemies across Asia are now a naval superpower, having successfully landed a Chinese jet on a Chinese aircraft carrier for the first time. And it's lethal — the guy in charge dropped dead in the middle of it. Read More >>