NORAD Launches Unblinking Eye Friday, But Don’t Freak

Like the offspring of the Great Eye of Sauron and the lovable Goodyear blimp, the JLENS aerostat carries systems that can surveil and track objects, like cruise missiles, in an area as large as Texas, staying aloft for up to 30 days. The US Army announced that on Friday, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) plans…

Tanks for the ride, dad!

A British dad has trumped the school bus, ferrying his teenage sons to school in his 17-ton tank, Caters News Agency reports. Nick Mead is the 53-year-old wonder of Tanks A Lot Ltd, which owns a 120-vehicle fleet of vehicles available for rent. Customers can rent an armored vehicle to, say, pick up their prom date,…

Twitter Does It Again: Behold @cromnibus

(Photo from Twitter) Legislative crises have becoming a Holiday Season tradition in Washington right up there with powerful officials mingling with other powerful officials at invitation-only parties. But, thankfully, a snarky soul has created a Twitter account to help us all cope. On Tuesday evening, senior lawmakers rolled out what’s called a “cromnibus.” You may…

Dropping The Top – Destroyer MICHAEL MONSOOR Gets A Deckhouse

It was a dark and stormy night – – really — on the evening of November 13-14 in Bath, Maine, home of shipbuilders Bath Iron Works. Rain turned to snow as the shipyard prepared to execute one of the trickiest maneuvers in the construction of DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers – placing the prefabricated deckhouse onto the…

We Now Know Why The F-117 Is Still Flying

Mystery solved! In October, Intercepts wrote about the F-117 Nighthawk and how recent photos had shown the stealth jet flying from Tonopah Test Range in Nevada — despite the plane having been retired in 2008. Given the secretive history of the Nighthawk, speculation immediately arose as to what the jets could be doing. General consensus was that…

The F-117 is still flying. But why?

File this one under oddities and curiosities…. The F-117 “Nighthawk” was officially retired in 2008, and in theory the fleet of stealthy fighters has mothballed up. But rumors have persisted in recent years about one or more Nighthawks still flying out in the desert. Those rumors were proven this month when posted photos appeared to show an F-117 taking…