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Saving a Burning Jet

Saving a Burning Jet

On April 30, 2015, a Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint belonging to the 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron, 55th Wing, suffered a major incident at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. As the aircraft, using radio call sign “Snoop 71,” began the takeoff roll to start its mission in support of a special-operations training exercise, fire erupted behind the galley. Described […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Otto Splitgerber, German World War I flying ace. 1939 – The Messerschmitt Me 209 sets a new world speed record of 469 mph. 1952 – The prototype English Electric Canberra B5 makes the first double transatlantic crossing by a jet, with a total time of just over 10 hours. 1975 – First flight of the McDonnell […]

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USS Macon Crash Site Explored

USS Macon Crash Site Explored

Off the California coast lies the sunken wreckage of the U.S. Navy’s last flying aircraft carrier. The idea that the Navy had flying aircraft carriers is probably new to a lot of people. Imagine a nearly 800-foot “blimp” where five military airplanes can land and take off in midair.  Last week, a team of oceanographers got […]
In Theater: Operation Magic Carpet

In Theater: Operation Magic Carpet

In the summer of 1945, the U.S. military spawned a generation of poets who shared one sentiment: “Those who want to be a hero, They number almost zero. Those who want to be civilians… Gee—they number in the millions!” As early as 1943, the Pentagon began contingency planning for returning millions of personnel from overseas […]

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Ending The Greatest War

Ending The Greatest War

In the 70 years since VJ-Day, few wars have ended in outright victory. America tied in Korea, abandoned South Vietnam, quit while ahead on points in Iraq in 1991, declared victory there in 2011, and now plans to flee Afghanistan. The current global war against radical Islam is likely to last for generations. Israel won […]
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In Theater: Game Changer

In the world’s largest theater of war, three aircraft proved decisive: a Navy dive bomber, a Navy fighter, and an Army bomber. The Douglas SBD Dauntless won essential victories in the year after Pearl Harbor: Coral Sea, Midway, and the Guadalcanal battles. Thereafter, Japan never regained the strategic initiative. Grumman’s F6F Hellcat defeated Japanese airpower. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Royal Navy aviator Wilfred Parke becomes the first pilot ever to recover from a spin when he regains control of his Avro Type G biplane 50 feet from the ground at Larkhill, England. 1916 – Birth of Saburo Sakai, Japanese naval aviator and World War II fighter ace. 1929 – First flight of […]
Flying Finale Nears for Vulcan XH558

Flying Finale Nears for Vulcan XH558

As most readers will know, the fabulous “Tin Triangle,” Avro Vulcan XH558, will be making her air show curtain call in a few short weeks. It has been a marvelous run for the old girl, and a real testament to the fortitude of those who fought through a mountain of red tape and engineering challenges […]

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Hellcat at Work: a digital image at the right price…free!

Hellcat at Work: a digital image at the right price…free!

The mighty Grumman F6F Hellcat needs no introduction. It carried the fight to the enemy throughout the Pacific and emerged as the most successful fighter of the Pacific Theater of Operations. More important, it was the airplane that could be counted on to bring a pilot home almost regardless of the amount of damage it […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1924 – Birth of Walter P. Jones, American U.S. Air Force pilot and test pilot for National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ High-Speed Flight Research Station (predecessor of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.) 1948 – Two separate accidents kill 13 U.S. airmen; nine are killed aboard an Army Douglas C-117A Skytrooper near Newton, N.J., after a […]
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