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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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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

1794 – Establishment of the first airship company in the French Army who use a balloon named Entreprenant for reconnaissance of the Austrian forces at the Battle of Fleurus. Two companies of balloon observers are formed, but disband the following year. 1944 – The first U.S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-29 Superfortress arrives at Calcutta, India, after an 11,530-mile trip from Kansas, which includes stops at [...]

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San Diego Air Wing Draws Marine Aviation Awards

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

Two U.S. Marines from a helicopter squadron in California’s Camp Pendleton who battled insurgents during the attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan last fall were honored with 2012 Marine Corps Aviation Awards. Maj. Robert “Troll” Weingart, a Bell AH-1W Cobra pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, won the Alfred A. Cunningham aviator of [...]

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Missouri Man Recalls Flying for ‘Pappy’ Boyington

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Ed Harper is a true-blue example of the soldiers of World War II. He sits back in his easy chair at his Lake Saint Louis home on one of those sunny days when winter battles with spring recalling how he was just 18 when he and the rest of America [...]

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Travel Air Lands at Montana Aviation Museum

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

Once it was called the “Limousine of the Air,” the private plane of choice for the likes of Wallace Beery, whose acting career bridged the silent and sound movie era. But the Travel Air 6000 became the bread and butter of flying in these mountains of Montana and Idaho for Johnson Flying Service. Now Missoula has [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 01, 2013 No Comments

1916 – French World War I ace Jean Navarre score his first kill, a German Aviatik north of Fismes, France. As one of the pioneer flying aces, he would be credited with twelve confirmed aerial victories. 1924 – The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed. 1935 – First flight of the North American T-6 Texan (shown above); more than 15,000 of these trainers are later built. 1954 – Last [...]

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New Zealand Air Show Thrills Crowds

Apr 01, 2013 No Comments

An estimated 30,000 people will be ironing out the kinks in their necks after spending the weekend gazing at the sky at the Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow near Blenheim, New Zealand. Airshow organiser Graham Orphan said that despite rain on Saturday, the crowd was out in force for the seventh biennial airshow at the Omaka [...]

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USAF F-22s Join South Korean Drills

Mar 31, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. sent Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors to South Korea on Sunday to join military drills aimed at underscoring the U.S. commitment to defend Seoul in the face of an intensifying campaign of threats from North Korea. The advanced, radar-evading F-22s were deployed to Osan Air Base, the main U.S. Air Force base in South Korea, from Japan to support ongoing [...]

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