The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program was born out of a 1993 requirement by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  The requirement established the launch of Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter (CALF) program that put forth a proposition for DoD aircraft to unify airframes across all branches.  This was hardly unprecedented,Continue Reading

Over the course of the Cold War, world powers found themselves constantly at odds with each other.  Nuclear testing was rampant.  Atomic research was unchecked.  Safety procedures were limited.  The name of the game was espionage, spying, and various other forms of information gathering.  After all, this was the definitionContinue Reading

The Boeing Model 299 – that was the moniker that was the center of Boeing’s manufacturing and development centers in the early and mid 1930s.  The United States Army was beginning to see an increased need for the coverage of the skies and airpower.  Rallied by a court-martialed officer inContinue Reading

One would certainly hope that we have always had a lock down on nuclear weapons, right?  After all, the most powerful nations in the world wield these destructive weapons.  However, the nature of these weapons wasn’t exactly well understood on the birth of the technology.  That’s evident enough in theContinue Reading

Deep in the northern Ural mountains in Russia lies a mountain known as Kholat Syakhl.  The name literally translates to the phrase “Dead Mountain.”  For nine members of the Ural Polytechnical Institute in Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk in February of 1959, that would prove to be absolutely true.  Taking place during an eraContinue Reading