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The Game Changers: Little Boy & Fat Man

The Game Changers: Little Boy & Fat Man

By Barrett Tillman Adhering to our October 2013 issue’s (on sale July 30) B-29 emphasis, it’s fitting to devote the Firepower segment to the atomic bombs that Superfortresses dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Development of nuclear weapons began in early 1943, following years of scientific and engineering research. The Manhattan Project managers identified two methods […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Franz Rudorfer, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace and volunteer in the Ukrainian Military Air Service; he later took part on the Polish-Ukrainian war before escaping with his Nieuport 23 to Czechoslovakia. 1909 – The first airplane flight in Sweden is made by Frenchman Georges Legagneux in his Voisin biplane in Stockholm. 1936 – During the Spanish […]

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Canadian Plane Tracked Subs, Fought Fires

Canadian Plane Tracked Subs, Fought Fires

The long journey of Conair Firecat 567 has taken it from a Canadian aircraft factory in 1958, to patrolling the seas for hostile submarines in the Cold War, to fighting wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia. Under cold, blustery skies Saturday, the well-travelled airplane began its final mission — telling its story to visitors at […]

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Aussie Amputee Pilot Gives Back

Aussie Amputee Pilot Gives Back

Former Australian army pilot Glenn Todhunter lay in the wreck of his crashed plane, bleeding from his legs. He looked down and saw his feet were an unrecognisable mass of blood and tissue. He saw fuel leaking from the plane and, trying to pull himself from his seat, felt a ”tearing sensation.” He believes that was […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Godwin Brumowski, the most successful ace of the Austro-Hungarian Air Force during World War I. 1912 – U.S. Navy Lt. John Rodgers and Ensign Charles Maddox, in a Wright B1 Flyer, send the first wireless message from an airplane to a ship, the torpedo boat U.S.S. Stringham, near Annapolis, Md. 1929 – Frenchman Joanny Burtin sets a […]

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Alaska Air Show to Feature Warbirds, Pilgrim

Alaska Air Show to Feature Warbirds, Pilgrim

Planes mostly seen only in the pages of history books these days will soar over the Valley Saturday as part of the Centennial Celebration of Aviation from 1 to 3 p.m. at Wasilla Airport in Alaska. Jane Dale, with the Alaska Air Show Association, said the air show was rescheduled after weather kept the pilots […]
B-29 ‘FIFI’ Entertains Wisconsin WWII Vets

B-29 ‘FIFI’ Entertains Wisconsin WWII Vets

It took a few minutes for Staff Sgt. Oliver Hantak, 92, and First Lt. Jack Jerred, 90, to climb into the world’s only flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the Commemorative Air Force’s iconic “Fifi,” on Thursday afternoon at Wisconsin Aviation in Madison, Wis. It had been 67 years since either of the World War II veterans and […]

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USMC Deactivating Air Units

USMC Deactivating Air Units

As the drumbeat of force restructuring beats on in the U.S. Marine Corps, more units are folding up their colors. Back in 2011, the Marine Corps laid out a plan for deactivating and realigning units to bring the Corps down from 202,000 to a “middleweight” force of 182,000, and much of that restructuring is going on […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Gabriel Fernand Charles Guérin, French World War I fighter ace. 1915 – Royal Flying Corps Capt. Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator to earn the Victoria Cross when he defeats three German two-seat observation aircraft in one day over the Western Front during World War I. 1939 – A Deutsche Lufthansa Focke-Wulf Fw […]
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