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Aviation Insider: A Troubled Bird

May 13, 2013 3 Comments

The F-35 Approaches U.S. Service By Robert F. Dorr Col. Andrew J. “Drifter” Toth, commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, the “Nomads” at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, was talking about the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter when he acknowledged a flight restriction on the airplane. “We’re not allowed to fly within 25 miles [...]

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Missile-launching Galaxy coming to Delaware Museum

May 13, 2013 No Comments

By Robert F. Dorr Only once in history has an intercontinental ballistic missile — an ICBM — been launched from an aircraft in flight. It happened October 24, 1974 when a C-5A Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, launched a 60-foot, 78,000-pound LGM-30F Minuteman II ICBM from its cargo ramp high over the Pacific [...]

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70th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments

  With a month to go to the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid, the Royal Air Force Museum London has unveiled the various activities that it has organized to commemorate this historic campaign and the men of 617 Squadron. From 13th to 17th of May the Museum will have on display  a selection of artefacts from the Dambusters [...]

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The Gathering of Warbirds and Legends – August 1-4, 2013

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments

 Never been done–at least not since World War II. For the first time since our nation’s heroes made history in the skies over Europe, the general public is now scheduled to see a dedicated team of skydivers jump from a formation trio of Douglas C-47s in “D-Day” invasion livery. And it’s going to happen at [...]

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Five Historic B-25s to Visit Emerald Coast

Apr 04, 2013 No Comments

History buffs will be ecstatic – aviation enthusiasts will be thrilled – the general public will be captivated.  Those are the great reactions to be expected when five lovingly restored, airworthy B-25 Mitchell bombers visit the Destin Airport in conjunction with the activities for the 71st Doolittle Raiders Anniversary Reunion in Fort Walton Beach. There [...]

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Scorpion on the Waterfront

Apr 03, 2013 No Comments

By David Menard In September 1955, General Motors presented its free “World’s Fair of Power” on Chicago’s lakefront. This event was named Powerama and was put together to exhibit to the public examples of everything the company was then currently producing. These included diesel locomotives, giant, earth-moving equipment, a diesel-powered submarine moored nearby, heavy-duty military [...]

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Iconic Firepower: The Outstandingly Bad Mark 13 Torpedo

Apr 03, 2013 4 Comments

By Barrett Tillman The U.S. naval ordnance bureaucracy did some things well in WW II, and some things incredibly poorly—none moreso than torpedoes.  The failure to test a primary fleet weapon adequately—even after its failings were known—appeared criminally negligent.  Both submarine and aircraft torpedoes were scandalously ineffective in 1942-1943. Product of an on-again, off-again program, [...]

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WW I “History”— Student Academy Award-winning Animation

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments

The Jockstrap Raiders is a Student Academy Award winning animated short film about a group of misfits during World War I. It takes place in Leeds, England where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a [...]

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