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Military

Giant R/C A-10 Warthog

Giant R/C A-10 Warthog

We’ve seen some pretty damned impressive remote-controlled planes over the years, but this Mibo A-10 Thunderbolt II might be the best yet. The insanely detailed model has real jet engines, and even makes machine gun sounds and fires flares.

Reconfigurable Wheel-Tracks

Reconfigurable Wheel-Tracks

For a DARPA tech demo, CMU National Robotics Engineering Center developed wheels which can transform back and forth between round and triangular shapes instantly, with tank-like grip on soft surfaces in track mode, and a more conventional ride in wheel mode.

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How Submarines Work

How Submarines Work

Wendover Productions made this great overview of how submarines work. The video goes over crew shifts, food, communications technology, and the watercraft’s weaknesses. It’s amazing what man’s thirst for revenge can accomplish.

How Aircraft Carriers Work

How Aircraft Carriers Work

Aircraft carriers are one of the most imposing forms of military might. Wendover Productions shares some trivia about how these cities at sea work, such as their massive workforce, how they resupply, and the fact that they never travel alone.

Rezvani TANK Military Edition

Rezvani TANK Military Edition
$295K+  Buy Link Comment

An upgraded version of Rezvani’s TANK utility vehicle designed to protect its occupants in an ambush. Its glass and armor can handle high-caliber weapon fire, it packs night vision, bomb protection, electrified door handles, gas masks, magnetic deadbolts and more.

Plasan Yagu Compact Tank

Plasan Yagu Compact Tank

While it’s certainly not as capable as Howe & Howe’s personal tank, this highly-modded Arctic Cat Wildcat 4 1000 ATV from Israeli outfit Plasan is actually a military-grade machine. It features a roof-mounted weapon system, B6+ composite armor, and room for 3 occupants.

Haynes Guide Aviation Manuals

Haynes Guide Aviation Manuals
$25-$36  Buy Comment

Best known for their iconic, in-depth auto repair manuals, Haynes also offers a series of books which delve into the design, construction, and operation of famous military planes like the F/A-18 Hornet, Grumman F-14 Tomcat, and the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

Time Warriors

Time Warriors

NuBluTV kicks off with an awesome new series, in which 7 Special Ops veterans use modern tactics to see if they could have changed the course of historic battles. Think Mythbusters, but with a military spin. Watch them take on Blackbeard in their premiere episode here.

Chevy x Delta Force

Chevy x Delta Force

We spent a day at The Range Complex getting to know some our country’s finest, veterans of the U.S. Army’s elite Delta Force unit. We were given just a taste of how they train, and how their Tahoes and Suburbans provide the ideal transportation for their dangerous missions.

Nap-of-the-Earth Flight

Nap-of-the-Earth Flight

Pilot Linkerius posted this incredible seat-of-your-pants footage of a PC-7 trainer aircraft being flown on an extremely low-altitude course. A Nap-of-the-Earth (NOE) flight is designed to help fighter pilots avoid detection by enemies via radar or visual reconnaissance.

Chevrolet Colorado ZH2

Chevrolet Colorado ZH2

GM and the US Army created this badass concept truck for military operations. The 6.5 ft. tall truck runs quietly thanks to a hydrogen-electric 4WD drivetrain, its power pack can be removed to power field operations, and can produce clean drinking water as a by-product.

Massive Paratrooper Jump

Massive Paratrooper Jump

Awe-inspiring video of dozens of members of the U.S. military’s 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, all packed into C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, then doing a static line jump over a test drop zone at Fort Bragg, NC. It’s mindblowing that nobody’s chutes got tangled doing this.

Combat Vehicles of the US Military

Combat Vehicles of the US Military
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Pop Chart Lab’s newest print contains an illustration of every (known) United States military combat vehicle that’s currently in service. The 24″x 36″ chart groups the 180 vehicles into several classes, sub-classes and branch.

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1947 MultiCam Chronograph

1947 MultiCam Chronograph
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This military style watch features a black ion-plated stainless steel case with a gun-grip material bezel. Luminous hands make it easy to read at night. Comes with four Cordura camo watchbands and a rugged storage box.

Marines vs. Explosion

Marines vs. Explosion

Video of Marines from the 3rd Marine Logistics Group, 9th Engineer Support Battalion showing how they breach a concrete wall, standing their ground against the explosive charge, protected only by a ballistic blanket and each other.

Ski-Jump Takeoff

Ski-Jump Takeoff

Amazing footage of an F-35 Lightning II fighter jet as it takes off from an insanely short runway that works like a ski jump to angle the plane into the air. Stick around, and you’ll be treated to a vertical landing too.

F-18 Low-level Flight

F-18 Low-level Flight

Awe-inspiring footage captured from the F-18 fighter jet cockpits of The Pukin Dogs of U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-143 as they skim along close to the ground, mountain tops and water, pulling dizzying rolls along the way.

MA-1 Flight Jacket

MA-1 Flight Jacket
$85- $125  Buy Comment

It’s still cold here, so we’re glad Alpha Industries is offering this classically styled fighter pilot jacket. We like the knit trim and the “Remove Before Flight” keychain. It also reverses to bright orange, making you visible for rescue missions.

Navy Railgun Test Firings

Navy Railgun Test Firings

The U.S. Navy’s electromagnetic cannon shows off its firepower, tearing through sheets of solid steel like they were tissue paper. And in case you think you could run and hide, it can reach out and touch its target from over 115 miles away.

Landing without Nose Gear

Landing without Nose Gear

U.S. Marine Corps Captain William Mahoney recounts the harrowing experience of landing an AV-8B Harrier jet on the USS Bataan without his nose gear. The VTOL aircraft and its pilot were saved by what amounts to a simple hack.

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US Navy Autonomous Helicopter

US Navy Autonomous Helicopter

The military version of Amazon Prime Air. The Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System is a US Navy program that aims to convert helicopters into drones, which can the be summoned for supply drops via a user-friendly mobile app.

US Navy Laser Weapon System

US Navy Laser Weapon System

The US Navy’s Laser Weapons System (LaWS) is a ship-mounted beam weapon. The 30kW weapon fires an invisible infrared beam that is powerful enough to take down drones and speedboats while reducing collateral damage.

Helmet Saves Marine

Helmet Saves Marine

(NSFW: Language) In this video from late 2013, a group of U.S. Marines came under attack from a Taliban sniper. An otherwise deadly headshot was stopped in its tracks by a life-saving Kevlar helmet. Boy, that was too close. Mirror here.

Armored Combat in the 15th C.

Armored Combat in the 15th C.

Le Figaro and Musée de Cluny give us a basic idea of what it was like to fight in full combat armor based on 15th century documents. Dark Souls it ain’t. We bet many battles were shut down because the neighbors complained.

Soldiers’ Inventories

Soldiers’ Inventories

The Telegraph recently presented photographer Thom Atkinson’s series of images featuring British military equipment, from 1066 to 2014. The collection highlights both military-issued tools alongside personal belongings.

US Marines Self-Driving Car

US Marines Self-Driving Car

The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) is a US Marines proof-of-concept autonomous vehicle. It can be controlled remotely, follow its remote control, drive to a waypoint and operated like a normal vehicle.

Low-Level Fighter Training

Low-Level Fighter Training

Fly along with a U.S. Navy pilot in an F/A-18F Super Hornet for some dizzying POV footage as his fighter jet conducts a low-altitude training run, starting over the Pacific Ocean then flying over Northern California and Oregon.

MKIII Military Watch

MKIII Military Watch
$279  Buy Comment

If MWC timepieces are good enough for the military and anti-terrorist units, they’re good enough for us. This one is based on a classic 1950’s NATO spec watch, with brushed stainless case and 21 jewel automatic movement.

The Plane That Landed Itself

The Plane That Landed Itself

During a training mission in 1970, the F-106 plane that Retired Maj. Gary Foust was piloting went into an unrecoverable flat spin. He ejected, assuming the plane would crash. And then the plane went into “It’s cool bro, I got this” mode.

Russian Robot Tanks

Russian Robot Tanks

We’d love to think that Pacific Rim’s Jaegers are the future of urban warfare, but it’s more likely that we’ll see something like the remote-controlled tanks shown in this simulation. We at least need these in the next Call of Duty.

Paratrooper vs. Trees

Paratrooper vs. Trees

(NSFW: Language) A PPCLI paratrooper jumps from a plane and finds himself in a very precarious situation. There’s just no avoiding the plethora of trees the wind pushes him into. Fortunately, his luck holds out at the last second.

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