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In Theater: What They Wore

Nov 19, 2014 No Comments by

By Robert F. Dorr and Charles E. DiSipio The P-47 Thunderbolt pilot of 1945 wore and carried lots of stuff, and little of it gave meaning to the military term “uniform.” At Metz, France, in January 1945, the group and squadron commanders of the “Hell Hawks” 365th Fighter Group, posed in their gear in front [...]

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In Theater: In Support of D-Day

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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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Aviation Insider: A Tale of the Times

Nov 19, 2014 No Comments by

We’ll lose the XC-99 and it won’t be alone   By Robert F. Dorr Big, historic airplanes could be the aeronautical definition of “conundrum” for museum people. No one wants to see a truly historic airplane, such as the XC-99 disintegrate into powdery oxide while in outside storage. However, the realities of space and financing determine [...]

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Classics: The Beerfire

Nov 19, 2014 No Comments by

Keeping the cold beer flowing By Budd Davisson Does this picture really need explanation? It’s unknown whether the Axis routinely ferried beer to the front lines in drop tanks, but, reportedly, most of the Allied powers did. What’s more, it wasn’t unusual to top off a Mustang’s or Thunderbolt’s drops with beer, then have the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 18, 2014 No Comments by

1913 – Lincoln Beachey performs the first loop in the U.S. over North Island near San Diego, Calif. 1920 – Birth of Alfred William “Bill” Bedford, British World War II fighter pilot, instructor and Hawker Siddeley test pilot; he later pioneers the development of V/STOL aircraft. 1944 – Death of Roger Amedee Del’Haye, Canadian World [...]

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Chinese Fighter Disappoints in First Display

Nov 17, 2014 No Comments by

The big curiosity at this year’s Airshow China was the prototype Shenyang FC-31 fighter that was making its first public appearance. Previously billed as the J-31, the stealthy-looking aircraft first flew two years ago. It is a smaller complement to the Chengdu J-20, which was the first of the PRC’s new stealth aircraft. Although the aircraft has a configuration [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 14, 2014 No Comments

1919 – The American Railway Express Company hires a Handley Page V/1500 to carry 1,000 pounds of parcels from New York to Chicago, but the attempt fails due to mechanical problems. 1933 – Birth of Fred Wallace Haise, Jr., American U.S. Marine Corps test pilot and NASA astronaut; he becomes one of only 24 people [...]

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Six ‘Battle of Britain’ Aircraft Set for Resto

Nov 14, 2014 No Comments

Six fighter planes that were part of a collection of warbirds sold to a dealer in August will be restored and sold by Boschung Global Ltd. of Switzerland, the company said Thursday. The fighters, a version of German Messerschmitts, operated in World War II and were last flown for the making of the 1969 film “Battle of Britain.” [...]

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