Mike Killian

Mike Killian

Killian is an accomplished aerospace photographer and writer, specializing in rocket launch and air-to-air aviation imagery. Over the years his assignments have brought him onboard NASA's space shuttles, in clean rooms with spacecraft destined for other worlds, front row for launches of historic missions and on numerous civilian and military flight assignments, including working as a photographer for Breitling Jet Team in 2016. When not working the California-native enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, storm chasing, producing time-lapses and shooting landscape and night sky imagery, as well as watching planes of course.

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    No, A Passenger’s Epic Fart Did Not Force a Plane to Evacuate Yesterday

    American Airlines is denying a passenger’s supposed fart of epic proportions as the cause for deplaning the aircraft at Raleigh Durham International Airport yesterday afternoon. In a bizarre story which originally appeared on local WNCN-TV that has gone viral, passengers reportedly complained of nausea and headaches spurred by a foul-smell in the cabin of American flight 1927 from Charlotte to RDU. The […]

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    Tristar Experience L-1011 Lands Safely After Engine Issues

    Rare L-1011 flight makes emergency return on what was supposed to be its last flight. Update #1 7/15/2017:  We received updated information that the jet made a precautionary return yesterday due to an oil pressure issue and a few other problems.  After a few hours of maintenance, the jet was ready to go.  The jet […]

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    Navy’s SCORPIONS in Australia for Talisman Saber 2017

    The Navy’s EA-18G Growler Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, the “Scorpions” from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, are currently at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley in Queensland, Australia to participate in Exercise Talisman Saber 2017.

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    This Is How Airmen Ensure the A-10’s Gun Stays Ready to BRRRRRT

    Airmen work hard to ensure the A-10 Thunderbolt II’s iconic weapon system, the GAU-8 Avenger, stays fully operational and ready to BRRRRRRT. The whole aircraft is actually built around the 30mm Gatling-type cannon, which is capable of firing 70 rounds of a lightweight aluminum body projectile per second, cast around a smaller caliber depleted uranium penetrating […]

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    Roaring B-1 Bombers Light up the Guam Night As They Takeoff For South Korean Peninsula

    B-1B Lancer bombers assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess AFB, Texas conducted a “sequenced bilateral mission” with South Korean F-15 and Japanese F-2 fighter jets this weekend, in response to “increasingly escalatory actions” by North Korea (most recently on July 3 when they launched an ICBM test). The USAF called it, “part of the continuing demonstration of […]

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    UPDATED: USMC KC-130 Crashes in Mississippi

    We will keep this story updated as we learn more facts. UPDATE #4 7/11/17 8:40PM ET: The Marines issued an update on the crash.  It is confirmed that 16 members of the military (15 Marines and 1 Navy Corpsman) were killed in the accident.  Here is the statement: The Marine aircraft that crashed Monday evening […]

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    B-1 Bombers Join Japan and South Korea in Show of Force Against North Korea

    A pair of U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancer bombers participated in a bilateral mission with South Korean F-15 and Japanese F-2 fighter jets on July 7, near the Korean Demilitarized Zone, in response to “increasingly escalatory actions” by North Korea, most recently on July 3 when they launched an an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test. In a statement, the […]