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Tally-Ho!

Tally-Ho!

A young man, his Hurricane and the Battle of Britain
Runt of the Litter

Runt of the Litter

I was only 5 feet 4 inches tall when I graduated from flight training in 1943, but my instructors saw something gigantic inside of me. I was one of 60 Second Lieutenants selected out of 400 to go into fighters—P-47 Thunderbolts to be exact. When I first saw the airplane I would fly in combat, […]

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What if WW II had lasted two more years?

What if WW II had lasted two more years?

Gott mit uns. It was imprinted on the buckle of every German soldier: “God with us.” And so it seemed that day in 1946. From the abyss of disaster in late 1944, the Third Reich won a seemingly heaven-sent reprieve in the wake of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s assassination. With Russia descending into civil war, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – The first American night patrol of the war takes place when a Felixstowe F.2A flying boat crewed by U.S. Navy Ensign Ashton W. Hawkins and Lt. George F. Lawrence take off on patrol from RNAS Killingholme, England. 1930 – Birth of Neil Alden Armstrong (shown), American aviator, NASA astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, […]

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Lockheed Martin May Build F-16s in India

Lockheed Martin May Build F-16s in India

U.S. aerospace firm Lockheed Martin is in talks with the Indian government to build the latest version of F-16 Fighting Falcon warplanes in India, a company official said on Thursday. The firm has offered to move its only production line for the fighter jets from Fort Worth, Texas, to India from where F-16s could be […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Lionel Arthur Ashfield, British World War I flying ace. 1943 – The first Canadian-built four-engined aircraft, the Avro 683 Lancaster X, is flown at Malton, Ontario. 1952 – Death of Robert Opie Lindsay, American World War I flying ace and U.S. Army Air Corps officer; he also was a founding member […]

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USMC Says F-35B Ready to Fight

USMC Says F-35B Ready to Fight

When asked on Friday if the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II could fly combat missions to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. Marine Corps’ head of aviation said, “We’re ready to do that.” Noting that the decision to deploy the fifth-generation jet into combat would come from higher command, Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commandant […]
Warbirds Abound at Oshkosh

Warbirds Abound at Oshkosh

Truly one of the most iconic events in aviation, even though it’s organized by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), is Airventure. Better known by the name of EAA’s hometown of Oshkosh, Wis., the week-long event always brings together an incredible variety of airplanes large and small from far and wide. Warbirds are a vital part […]

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China Unveils Largest Amphibian

China Unveils Largest Amphibian

Beijing debuted its indigenously made AG600 amphibious aircraft in Zhuhai, the government announced Saturday. The massive aircraft will be used to fight forest fires and perform maritime rescue missions, the government said in a statement that called the aircraft “a milestone for the country.” It is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the government said, and […]
Messerschmitt  at the Beginning: An Icon is Born

Messerschmitt at the Beginning: An Icon is Born

At the age of 15, “Willy” Messerschmitt, who would eventually become a near-legend during WW II, started his apprenticeship with a group of “free-flight” enthusiasts in his hometown of Bamberg, in Bavaria. It was 1913; some 10 years after the Wright Brothers had flown, when Messerschmitt joined with the 33-year-old architect Friedrich Harth in experiments […]
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