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Aerial Firebombers

Aug 27, 2011 No Comments

  August of 2001 saw us riding along with photographer/writer Ted Carlson as he flew in an entirely different theater of combat than what’s usually seen in Flight Journal: forest fire fighting. The enemy was no less lethal than the Axis powers and when the Grumman S-2F Trackers and helicopters of the California Department of [...]

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The Tomcat’s Tale

Aug 22, 2011 No Comments

Continued from Tailview in the December 2007 issue of Flight Journal The Tomcat’s Tale By Tony Holmes   F-14A BuNo. 162594 had given the Navy almost 17 years of frontline service by the time it met its premature demise when it slammed into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on the evening of [...]

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The Bridges at Toko-Ri – the rest of the story!

Aug 22, 2011 No Comments

Having flown 100 combat missions during the brutally cold winter of 1950-51 in Korea on the same type of sorties as those described—I can readily understand the situation. The main difference is that we had to land under marginal weather conditions on wet/icy PSP runways but we faced the same flak and 50 cal guns [...]

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Run Over by a Carrier

Aug 22, 2011 No Comments

Jerry ‘Turkey’ Tucker was with the Blue Angels during the last years of the F4′s then stayed on for the first two years of the A4. During Viet Nam he flew F8U’s. He’s now a senior Captain for Southwest. Here’s his incredible true story of falling off a carrier while inside his aircraft. yikes It [...]

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PBY Catalina Free Online Artwork

Jul 27, 2011 No Comments

Wylam drawings are pure art and this set, which can be downloaded free, features most of the variations of the beautiful little F4B/P-12. Click here

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Youth Sets World Record Flying On 16th Birthday

Jul 15, 2011 No Comments

 

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Tailview: In the Interest of History

May 25, 2011 No Comments

As editor-in-chief for 14 years and counting, Flight Journal has been more than a magazine to me. It is a portal through which pass the most interesting people with some of the most interesting stories in the world. I’m an airplane guy through and through, and I love the world these guys have helped create. [...]

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The Day I Shot Myself Down

Apr 27, 2011 No Comments

  Some days you just can’t win for losing, as F-14 test pilot, Pete Purvis found out much to his chagrin. Go to FlightJournal.com and read how a test shot of a Sparrow missile went severely wrong and 39 seconds later, he and his RIO were hanging in their parachutes. Not a good day! Click [...]

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