The long, crazy history of vertical-takeoff-or-landing is explored with this video from Sploid, covering the earliest prototypes to the modern Harrier and F-35.
With the signature of the USMC commandant, the F-35B will become fully operational, and the Corps will start ramp up training of pilots and maintenance crews.
Happy Halloween! While we don't have any seasonally spooky shots in this week's crop of military photos, we do have more than a few cool shots. Up top, a member of the US Army's 82nd Airborne has some fun "testing" the new Lightweight Tactical All Terrain Vehicle. And yes, that's the military version of the Polaris MRZR ATV.
This week's gallery of images includes just a bit of everything. We've got a few land vehicles, plenty of aircraft, including some great shots of the USS Carl Vinson's F/A-18 Hornets, an entire flock of KC-135 Stratotankers and a nighttime look at the USS America, at dock in Valparaiso, Chile.
Toyota announced today that it is recalling 54,217 vehicles sold in Japan that could possibly catch fire if parked and left running. The recall affects two models, the Harrier SUV and Windom sedan (known as the Lexus RX and ES, respecitvely, in North America). Apparently there's a possible defect in each vehicle's computer control system that could cause it to malfunction and catch fire. Two vehicles have reportedly went up in flames on account of this defect and 26 complaints about the vehicles