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NMUSAF Debuts Historic Display App

NMUSAF Debuts Historic Display App

Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force often ask if it’s possible to get inside the aircraft on display. With the help of technology, online visitors have the chance to see the interiors of many historical icons. Among the most recent additions to the free ACI Cockpit360º app, available from the museum and AeroCapture […]
Gallery: Hurricane Hawker

Gallery: Hurricane Hawker

The Overlooked Warrior by Barrett Tillman Nearly 20 years after WW I, the RAF still flew biplane fighters. Consequently, the Hawker Hurricane made its mark as Britain’s first monoplane fighter, heralding a new era in military aviation. Designed by Sir Sydney Camm and first flown in late 1935, the Hurricane featured a thick airfoil that […]

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In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

By Stan Piet By mid-August 1945, the Japanese Empire was near collapse. Months of sustained bombing and two atomic attacks had devastated its prime cities and a widening blockade was strangling its faltering war industry and starving citizens. But Tokyo’s ingrained militaristic “fight to the death culture” still held sway, and an all out invasion […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Rosina Ferrario, the first Italian woman to obtain a pilot license. 1914 – The first torpedo drop by a British aircraft is carried out by Arthur Murray Longmore from a Short Admiralty Type 81 (Short Folder), a British two-seat floatplane. 1938 – Harold Lee Neely, flying a Sversky P-35, achieves a […]

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Armorers reload a Hurricane's .303 machine guns, a vital part of preparing for the next sortie. (Photo courtesy of EN-Archive)

Iconic Firepower: Guns of the Battle

Ordnance Philosophies Differed By Barrett Tillman How do you kill an airplane? Essentially there are only three methods: Destroy the airframe, such as severing a wing spar. Destroy the powerplant or systems, rendering the aircraft unable to maneuver or maintain altitude. Kill or incapacitate the crew. The aircraft weapons of the Battle of Britain were […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Louis Prosper Gros, French World War I flying ace who served also in World War II. 1947 – Death of Hans-Eberhardt Gandert, German World War I flying ace and high-ranking World War II officer in the Luftwaffe. 1947 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-22,  the first Soviet jet-engined bomber prototype […]

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A-10s Using Ex-Warsaw Pact Strips in Poland

A-10s Using Ex-Warsaw Pact Strips in Poland

How do you land combat aircraft without a modern runway? Since Monday, four A-10s from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron have practiced landing at a Polish airfield at Nowe Miasto that has been decommissioned for years. The runway itself is old and cracked, and conditions at the former Warsaw Pact airfield are spartan. By having A-10s […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Corliss Champion Moseley (shown), American U.S. Army aviator, World War I fighter pilot and later a civilian trainer. He also becomes the winner of the first Pulitzer Air Race flying a Verville-Packard R-1 Racer. 1954 – A Cathay Pacific Douglas DC-4 is shot down by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Lavochkin La-7 […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Pavel Osipovich Sukhoi, Belarusian Soviet aircraft constructor and designer. 1920 – Donald W. Douglas and Davis R. Davis found the Davis-Douglas Co. in Los Angeles, Calif.; the Cloister (shown) is its only product. 1933 – Wiley Post lands back at New York City’s Floyd Bennett Field in his Lockheed Vega “Winnie Mae,” completing the first round-the-world […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Marcel Robert Leopold Bloch, French World War I flying ace. 1921 – U.S. Army Air Service Martin NBS-1 bombers sink the decommissioned German battleship Ostfriesland in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia Capes after Billy Mitchell urges bombing trials to show the power of aircraft to sink major warships. 1932 – Wolfgang […]
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