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On this Day in Aviation History — December 7, 1941

On this Day in Aviation History — December 7, 1941

At approximately 7:55 AM (local time), on December 7, 1941, the US Navy was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy, and the US forces were taken completely off guard. 96 ships were stationed at Pearl Harbor, but the Japanese aircraft’s primary targets were the big battleships moored on Battleship Row at Ford Island. The Japanese aircraft […]
P-47 Thunderbolt In Theater: In Support of D-Day

P-47 Thunderbolt In Theater: In Support of D-Day

By Stan Piet P-47D UN-V, named “Pat,” from the famed 56th FG, 63rd FS, prepares for another fighter sweep in support of the invasion.  The second mount of Capt. Gordon S. Stevens, it survived until early September, being lost with Capt. Roy Fling at the controls. Stevens himself was lost in a “Pat” replacement on […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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Douglas A-1 Skyraider Attack Aircraft

Douglas A-1 Skyraider Attack Aircraft

Nicknamed “Spad”, after the French World War I fighter, the Douglas A-1 Skyraider was a single-seat U.S. attack aircraft with a service career that spanned between the late 1940s and the early 80s. Though the Skyraider was produced too late to take part in World War 2, it became the backbone of United States Navy […]
P-51 Mustang

P-51 Mustang

The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and in several other conflicts. During World War II Mustang pilots claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down, the most of any Allied fighter. It was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Sukhoi Su-27: Is the Flanker the World’s Best?

Sukhoi Su-27: Is the Flanker the World’s Best?

The question on the table is: “Is the Su-27 the best fighter in the world?” Starting a conversation by saying any airplane is the best at anything is right up there with politics, religion and blondes vs redheads vs brunettes for sparking spirited debate. Still, if you read the popular press, the Su-27 is the […]
The Definition of “Bitchin'” Model 12 Pitts Special

The Definition of “Bitchin'” Model 12 Pitts Special

What’s better than a biplane? That’s obvious: a biplane with a round motor. And whatís better than a biplane with a round motor? A round-motored biplane that’s designed by Curtis Pitts! When you’re saddling up the Model 12, it feels like a much bigger than a normal two-place Pitts, when in reality it’s not. As […]

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Today in Aviation History: Corky Meyer Test-Flies the F9F Panther

Today in Aviation History: Corky Meyer Test-Flies the F9F Panther

Sixty-seven years ago today, Flight Journal’s old friend and former Grumman test pilot Corwin H. (“Corky”) Meyer took off from the company’s 5,000 foot runaway at Bethpage, Long Island, New York, in the first prototype XF9F-2 Panther, Bu. No. 122475. In this article, he takes the reader along on some wild rides. Corky was world renown as […]
Video: B-29 Doc in flight

Video: B-29 Doc in flight

The newly restored B-29 Doc Superfortress continues its test flights so it can be certified by the FAA to go on tour this spring. Doc’s Friends, the organization funding the restoration, note that it has flown more than 10 hours since it first took the skies in July after decades of restorative work. Media relations […]

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Veterans Day and Me: A Personal Essay

Veterans Day and Me: A Personal Essay

Although Veterans Day has the stated purpose of remembering the vets and those in uniform, in reality it means different things to different people. For some it is the half-off sales that surround us. For me, it reminds me of one of those could-of-should-ofs that will always haunt me: I never served in the armed […]
Honoring Veterans Day

Honoring Veterans Day

Since our nation’s founding, the men and women of our military have protected our lives, our freedoms and the Constitution. Veterans are the backbone of these United States of America, and we appreciate your service.
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