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Iconic Firepower: Aircrew Sidearms

Aug 05, 2014 No Comments

The last ditch defense By Barrett Tillman Murvaux, France, September 29, 1918. The mortally wounded American ace slid from his SPAD and staggered into the tall grass. As German infantry approached he drew his Colt M1911 pistol and prepared to die fighting. The Arizonan fired at least three rounds in the dusk encounter before he [...]

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In Theater: The Glorious Gooney

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

Mary Co-ED II By Stan Piet  The backbone of the initial Allied assault against Erwin Rommel’s Atlantic Wall was the unsung heroes of the AAF’s Troop Carrier Command. Evolving from the pre-war Air Service & Ferrying Command, a specific need for the Army’s expanding parachute units led to the division of the now AAF’s transport [...]

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In Theater: The Heavy-Hitting Jug

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

Miss Fire/Rozzie Geth II – Capt. Fred Christensen By Stan Piet Seventh ranking American ace of the European Theater, Capt. Fred J. Christensen, Jr. stands with the other legends of the 56th Fighter Group that brought the Republic Thunderbolt into service and remained true to their charge until the VE-Day victory. As with many WW II [...]

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War’s Ultimate Weapon

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

By Budd Davisson There’s a certain amount of elitism attached to what we do here at Flight Journal: all of our focus is on aircraft and their pilots. In fact, as you worked your way through the preceding articles to this final page, you probably couldn’t help but glory in the deeds accomplished by those [...]

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Aviation Insider: A Pilot’s View of D-Day

May 23, 2014 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman In his memoir, Lt. Col. Richard E. Turner recalled D-Day for the Ninth Air Force’s 354th Fighter Group at Maidstone, Kent. He described the “Pioneer Mustangs’” rare D-Day missions: night escort of troop carrier aircraft and gliders.   Since the 25th of May, the group had been informed that it was on a [...]

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Milton Caniff & The Art of War

May 07, 2014 No Comments

By Rachel Morris Milton Caniff never served in the military, but, his spirit was on virtually every battlefield of WW II. His artwork on the nose of fighters and bombers and in thousands of military papers touched those in combat in ways nothing else could.     Born in 1907, Caniff moved from Ohio to [...]

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An Icon Aloft

May 07, 2014 No Comments

John Magoffin’s Lockheed Vega By Budd Davisson  Photos by Scotty Germain The year was 1928 and the concept of the airplane was changing radically. While barnstormers still landed rickety surplus biplanes in pastures to hop passengers, those days were waning fast. Utility was driving designs to be faster and sleeker. But, when the Lockheed Vega [...]

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Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

After a few years of weather challenging even the most ardent pilots, the volunteers and attendees for this year’s Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Florida were treated to perfectly sunny skies and reasonable temps. By mid-week it was clear that attendee and airplane numbers were up significantly, and a weekend appearance by [...]

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