The Joint Strike Fighter, aka the F-35 Lightning II, was named after the P-38 Lightning, a long-range escort fighter that saw extensive service over the pacific during World War II. Lockheed Martin (or just Lockheed, back then), is responsible for both aircraft, and they set up a little photoshoot where new school met old school.
Many US service members are familiar with MREs or "meals ready to eat." These dehydrated pouches are practical but aren't exactly know for their good taste. Fortunately, food scientists have developed something new — a sandwich that stays fresh for two years. How is this possible, you ask (and how would it taste)? Find out by watching the video here.
Here's one of the perils of living in a country that had 1.3 million tons of bombs dropped on it during World War II: every once in a while, you run across one that hasn't decided to explode yet, and half your city gets evacuated so that they can go in and blow it up.
From yarn to batteries to space elevators, it seems like there's nothing that carbon nanotubes can't do. And for their latest trick, they can make things completely disappear.
We've made a lot of progress since World War II, and you'd think that the Air Force would be happy to continue with their modern strategy of using smaller bombs and just aiming better. But sometimes, you really need something called a "Massive Ordnance Penetrator," so it's a good thing that the Air Force has them now.
Several years ago, the military was working on ways of delivering drugs via paintballs. We're not sure what ever happened with that (probably because they don't want us to know), but now the Army is interested in paintballs again, this time for detecting bombs.
The Marines' version of Lockheed Martin's F-35 can take off, hover in mid-air, and land vertically. But it's not a helicopter, it's a supersonic jet fighter, albeit one with some absolutely unreal capabilities.
The Army's MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) have a bit of a bad rap, as you might expect from any food products that have been engineered to remain edible and nutritious after three years in the desert and a thousand foot parachute drop. But the Army has put some work into them recently, adding in things like caffeinated beef jerky and something called "zapplesauce."
Rabies is a potentially fatal virus carried by mammals. You can get it from being bitten or licked by an infected animal, no matter how cute, and last month, a soldier in Afghanistan died from a dog bite. The Pentagon is fighting back with this series of posters warning deployed troops about the dangers of cute animals.
Boeing had this image on display at the Association of the US Army's (AUSA) annual convention in Washington DC this week, showing four concept helicopters destined for deployment in 2030. Two decades is a long time from now, but prototypes (or close to it) are flying already.