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C3B: The Original Stearman

Jun 29, 2014 No Comments

When the name Stearman is mentioned in aviation circles, the first thought that comes to mind is of the popular World War II PT-13, PT-17 and N2S biplane military primary training planes that introduced thousands of military pilots to flying. However, for the most part, those airplanes were actually Boeing Model 75 Kaydets. The Stearman [...]

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10 “Gustav”

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

The Bf 109 series went through innumerable major and minor design changes throughout its career. However, three were most significant—the E or “Emil,” the F or “Friedrich,” and the G or “Gustav.” The Emil was best known as the Battle of Britain 109, readily distinguished from earlier models by its more streamlined nose, yet retaining [...]

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In Theater: The Glorious Gooney

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

Mary Co-ED II By Stan Piet  The backbone of the initial Allied assault against Erwin Rommel’s Atlantic Wall was the unsung heroes of the AAF’s Troop Carrier Command. Evolving from the pre-war Air Service & Ferrying Command, a specific need for the Army’s expanding parachute units led to the division of the now AAF’s transport [...]

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In Theater: The Heavy-Hitting Jug

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

Miss Fire/Rozzie Geth II – Capt. Fred Christensen By Stan Piet Seventh ranking American ace of the European Theater, Capt. Fred J. Christensen, Jr. stands with the other legends of the 56th Fighter Group that brought the Republic Thunderbolt into service and remained true to their charge until the VE-Day victory. As with many WW II [...]

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War’s Ultimate Weapon

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

By Budd Davisson There’s a certain amount of elitism attached to what we do here at Flight Journal: all of our focus is on aircraft and their pilots. In fact, as you worked your way through the preceding articles to this final page, you probably couldn’t help but glory in the deeds accomplished by those [...]

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Scooter Memories

Jun 21, 2014 No Comments

Flying the  A-4 Skyhawk in Vietnam Although the Phantoms, Spads, and Thuds of the Vietnam War seem to get all the glory, the venerable little Scooter, the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, carried more than its share of the fight to the enemy. It was an airplane that packed more fight per pound into its diminutive airframe [...]

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Wolfpack Assassin: Confessions of a MiG Killer

Jun 17, 2014 No Comments

By Lt. Col. Everett T. Raspberry , USAF (Ret.), as told to and written by James P. Busha Before I joined the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1955, I was just a “good ol’ boy” from Macon, Georgia. But flying a jet fighter only enhanced some of those Southern traits. Less than 12 years [...]

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Aviation Insider: A Pilot’s View of D-Day

May 23, 2014 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman In his memoir, Lt. Col. Richard E. Turner recalled D-Day for the Ninth Air Force’s 354th Fighter Group at Maidstone, Kent. He described the “Pioneer Mustangs’” rare D-Day missions: night escort of troop carrier aircraft and gliders.   Since the 25th of May, the group had been informed that it was on a [...]

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