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Step aboard the SAM 26000 — the first jet-powered aircraft ever built for the president of the United States

In 1962, the first jet-powered aircraft built specifically to carry the US president arrived. The SAM 26000 would go on to carry eight presidents, numerous dignitaries, and countless diplomats during its 36 years in service.
The figure standing on the ramp provides a size comparison with the XB-70A aircraft in 1968. Six large nozzles for the General Electric engines are shown between and below the two large vertical tails.

Jump inside the XB-70 Valkyrie, the largest and fastest bomber that the US ever built

The XB-70 Valkyrie could hit Mach 3 — but it never went into full-scale production.

11 photos of the legendary B-52 Stratofortress bomber, which just returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan

The B-52 Stratofortress bomber is nicknamed the BUFF — for "Big Ugly Fat Fellow."

11 up-close photos of the F-22 Raptor, which ‘played an integral role’ in the Syria strike

The US Air Force's F-22 Raptor is arguably the best stealth jet in the world.
An F-22 Raptor from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron over the Pacific Ocean, March 27, 2012.

These are all the fighter jets in the US Air Force

The US Air Force boasts some of the most sophisticated air-to-air and ground-attack aircraft on the planet.
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress takes off from Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam, August 24, 2016.

The B-52 bomber is leaving the Middle East after a record-breaking run against ISIS

The last B-52 bomber left US Central Command's area of responsibility on April 7 after being the go-to bomber for operations against ISIS and the Taliban.

‘Things are bad and getting worse’: Investigation finds disturbing connection between defense cuts and deadly military aviation accidents

A new Military Times report shows that accidents involving all US military aircraft rose 40% between the 2013 and 2017 fiscal years.
AFRL's conceptual sixth generation fighter.

We asked a military aviation expert what the US’ future sixth-generation fighter jet might look like

The Air Force Research Lab recently released a video showing what a sixth generation fighter jet could look like — here's what an expert thinks.
A-10 Warthog over Afghanistan.

We asked an A-10 pilot in Afghanistan what it’s like to shoot the 30mm GAU 8 Gatling gun

When asked what it's like to shoot the 30mm gun, McGraw said, "I wish I had better terms for it — but it's amazing."
F-22s can't be seen by most radar, or even heard by their allies.

F-22s and F-35s can’t talk to each other in high-end combat — but pilots found a workaround

F-22 and F-35 pilots "can just build a really smart tactical plan and do a really good job minimizing my comms ... That’s what fighter pilots do."