Hayabusa2: the asteroid probe seeking solar system secrets

By Hiroshi HIYAMA | AFP

Hayabusa2, a Japanese probe about the size of a large fridge, landed on the asteriod Ryugu on July 11 2019 (AFP Photo/Handout)

Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s Hayabusa2 space probe made its second touchdown on a distant asteroid on Thursday, in a bid to collect mineral samples that could reveal more about the solar system’s evolution.… Read more

Beware Russia’s “Night Superhunter” Helicopter

A real killer? 

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Prowling the skies of Syria is the “Night Superhunter.”

It’s not a comic book superhero, but the newest Russian attack helicopter.

The Mi-28NM, the latest upgrade of the Mi-28 (NATO code name “Havoc”), is equipped with advanced sensors that enable it to conduct night operations, according to Russia’s Izvestia newspaper.… Read more

40 Years of Dominance: Why the F-15 Has a an Air-To-Air Kill Ratio of 104 to 0.

We break it down.

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

When the Eagle’s wheels first touched Kadena Air Base flightline in the fall of 1979, F-15C and D models were still fresh off the production line.

As explained by Senior Airman John Linzmeier, 18th Wing Public Affairs in his article F-15 Eagle: Timeless airframe with modern capabilities, for more than 40 years the F-15 has defended the skies with a track record of success unlike any other fighter jet in the history of aviation.… Read more

F-22s vs. F-35s: Who Wins When the 2 Deadliest Stealth Fighters Fight?

In went down last year. 

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

Two F-22s from the 95th Fighter Squadron flew to Orland Air Base, Norway, Aug. 15, for a one-day exercise with Norwegian F-35s.

The two U.S. F-22s are among 13 in Europe for a series of short-term deployments in places such as Greece and Poland, with further training missions planned in undisclosed locations in coming days.… Read more

ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE, SQP Art Books!

Nothing more hideous or embarrassing than a naked wall!

Cover Painting from “Dragon Tails Volume Three” by Pelaez

Here at SQP Art Books, “art” is our middle name (literally!) We love it, we live it, we celebrate its very existence! We want to spread the love, and turn everyone’s personal space into a fantasy gallery of original illustrations and paintings – which is why we offer a massive selection of such pieces for purchase.… Read more

30 Plus Years After the F-15E’s First Flight and the Strike Eagle Is Still Unstoppable

Here’s why.

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

Col. Christopher Sage, 4th Fighter Wing commander, believes the F-15E is an imperative part to the Air Force mission and the future of combat air power.

On Dec. 11, 2016 the iconic F-15E Strike Eagle celebrated its first flight 30th anniversary.… Read more