Bunker Talk: Let’s Chat About All The Stories We Did And Didn’t Report On This Week

This week rocketed by. We had some fun material to work with news-wise. From an F-22 elephant walk, to Russia’s new military excursion in Venezuela, to freedom of navigation sorties through the Taiwan Strait, and more. Unfortunate news about the USS Gerald R. Ford and the Army’s plan to replace half its Apache fleet with a new, high-speed, armed scout helicopter also grabbed eyeballs. But the posts that got the most attention had to do with the recent flight of a 747 destined to become Air Force One, Russia’s string of Open Skies missions over America’s most sensitive military installations out west, our history piece on a potential alternative role for the Skunk Works’ D-21 drone, and especially our big piece on a little known, but potent feature of the F-35’s—built-in advanced towed decoys. 

Still, there were many subjects we didn’t get to, but it’s not too late. 

Welcome to Bunker Talk!

This is a weekend open discussion post for the best commenting crew on the net, in which we can chat about all the stuff that went on this week that we didn’t get to. In other words, literally an off-topic thread.

We can discuss India’s anti-satellite weapon test: 

Or what about the fact that these AH-1Zs still haven’t made it to Pakistan: 

We can talk about this curious Kilo:

Or why don’t we just marvel at this MiG-23’s landing gear cycling: 

Then there is this awesome shot of an Il-76’s glazed navigator’s station. It has a serious Willy Wonka glass elevator vibe doesn’t it?:

Did you know USS Thomas A. Edison had a piano?:

What about this clip? Super eerie lighting! Looks like it is from Starship Troopers!:

The Bunker doors are open. 


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Tyler’s passion is the study of military technology, strategy, and foreign policy and he has fostered a dominant voice on those topics in the defense media space. He was the creator of the hugely popular defense site Foxtrot Alpha before developing The War Zone.