MilitaryFactory.com began as most sites across the web do - a smallish 25-page static hobby website dedicated to providing casual information on basic military hardware. In these early days, content centered on just modern US military weapons. The site began in July of 2003 only to grow into a thousand-page, database-driven website since. Our first entry into the dynamic version of the site became was the OH-58 Kiowa helicopter which, we embarrassingly note, was not officially completed until 2007.
Roughly ten site redesigns later, a 2,000+ record database and double that amount in available hand-drawn, black and white and color images, MilitaryFactory.com has grown into something special. These days daily unique traffic reaches well past the days of 500 people and we now attempt to cover weaponry from all of history.
We really try to go beyond the traditional generic specifications reporting and offer up individual statistics, imagery, easy-to-use comparison functions, conversion calculators, 3-views and list military equipment as broken down by conflict, nation and even manufacturer.
We wont say that our website is free of errors - they're just bound to come through the thousands of write-ups that we present but we are quick to address errors delivered to use by our visitors - making you a vital, if indirect, "contributor" to our website in some ways. Our main goal is that you take away something useful from our site and that your experience - even if its a one-time stop-through - is generally a positive one. At any rate, we hope that MilitaryFactory.com meets a certain level of quality that you're looking for in a free to use online military reference. We will continue to put the time and effort into the reference so long as people continue to enjoy the fruits of this labor.
Where do you get your images from?
All images throughout the site come from a combination of sources. Most photography are publicly available works from the US Department of Defense. Additional works (mostly the black and white imagery) is generally from the public domain and available most anywhere on the Internet. It should be noted, however, that any illustrative works appearing on ww.MilitaryFactory.com are exclusive to the site and come from the portfolio of digital artist Dan Alex (of www.RunawayStudios.com) and are labeled as such in the bi-line of these entries. This, in itself, adds a uniqueness to our content particularly when imagery to a certain aircraft, gun or tank is hard to come by any other means. Images go a long way with us personally and, as such, we prefer that every entry on our site be represented by at least one image - even if it is illustrative in nature.
Can I reuse MilitaryFactory.com images?
Yes and no...all public domain and US Department of Defense imagery are free for you to use and reuse as you see fit. However, any illustrations labeled as from "Courtesy of Dan Alex" and "www.RunawayStudios.com" and contain any type of ww.MilitaryFactory.com (either written or in badge form) watermark may NOT be reused in any form without consent (in writing) from MilitaryFactory.com.
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