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

This has been an amazingly strange week. I was running a fever through most of it and pitching stuff to Joe to knock out of the park. He did an awesome job keeping the gears turning, kudos to him. We definitely had some weird news. The defecting Beluga whale was my favorite, but quite honestly we had been keeping a very close eye on Venezuela as some sort of military action by the U.S. seems increasingly possible. We also got word that the USAF’s F-35As have waded into combat for the first time. 

Yet the biggest rush of news came on Friday, started with exciting info that the Air Force’s laser intended to one day equip its fighter aircraft is making real progress. And just as we predicted, Russia is circling Turkey with offers to sell their Su-57 fighter jets in place of embargoed F-35As. Then just before the day ended, news broke that North Korea had launched a number of short-range missiles, the first time in a year and a half, and an ominous sign of what may be to come. 

There was still a ton of stuff we just couldn’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.

First off, these shots of the F-22 demo team Raptor and the Blue Angels flying in formation are just spectacular:


We can talk about this firefighting helicopter getting a scary surprise when it dunked its Bambi Bucket into a pool: 

We can also all dream of the happiest place on Earth as the Blue Angels execute a perfect fan break over Spaceship Earth at Epcot Center:

This composite formation shot is a classic. Sacré bleu!

 Finally, it looks like Turkey had some serious trouble with their LHD that’s currently under construction: 

The Bunker doors are swinging 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.