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Fokker Dr.1 Triplane: Flying The Red Baron’s Beast

Fokker Dr.1 Triplane: Flying The Red Baron’s Beast

When you’re strapping into a Fokker Triplane the difference between it and most other airplanes is palpable. The instrument panel doesn’t exist and the few rudimentary gauges are snuggled between the butts of two dummy Spandaus that seem to be almost in your face. When you look outside, that middle wing sits exactly where youíd […]
April 24, On this Day in Aviation History

April 24, On this Day in Aviation History

1917 (France) — Lt. Col. William “Billy” Mitchell becomes the first United States Army officer to fly over German lines. 1946 (USSR) — First flights of the first Soviet designed and built jet aircraft, MiG-9 and Yak-15, are made. A member of the company test team for the Yak-15, Olga Yamschikova, is probably the first […]

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From the Air Age Archives — the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

From the Air Age Archives — the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

Developed to replace the Douglas SBD Dauntless,  was a carrier-based dive bomber aircraft produced for the United States Navy during World War II. It was much faster than the SBD and a much larger aircraft, able to operate from the later design aircraft carriers and could easily carry a considerable array of armament. It featured […]
The Tomahawk: Long-range, all-weather, subsonic Cruise Missile

The Tomahawk: Long-range, all-weather, subsonic Cruise Missile

Named after the Tomahawk, a one-handed axe used as a tool and a weapon by pre-contact Native Americans, the Tomahawk is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile. Introduced by McDonnell Douglas in the 1970s, it was initially designed as a medium to long-range, low-altitude missile that could be launched from a surface platform. It has […]

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Godspeed John Glenn — Final Funeral Rights at  Arlington National Cemetery

Godspeed John Glenn — Final Funeral Rights at Arlington National Cemetery

COLUMBUS, Ohio –  Final funeral rites for astronaut John Glenn (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016), will take place Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery. His family and invited guests, including astronauts and dignitaries, will say goodbye to the first American to orbit Earth at a private service at the Old Post Chapel beginning at 9 […]

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Warbird of the week — Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

Warbird of the week — Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

One of the all time famous fighters to come out of WW 2, the P-40 was conceived as a pursuit aircraft and was agile at low and medium altitudes. However, it suffered from a lack of power at higher altitudes. At medium and high speeds it was one of the tightest-turning early monoplane designs of […]
The A-36A Apache — Attack/dive bomber version of the P-51 Mustang

The A-36A Apache — Attack/dive bomber version of the P-51 Mustang

The first A-36A Apache rolled out of the North American Aviation Inglewood, CA plant in September 1942, and rapidly progressed through flight testing in October. With deliveries starting soon after, the first production machines continued the use of nose-mounted .50 cal. machine guns along with four wing mounted .50 cal machine guns. Also known by […]

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Little Friends Over the Beach

Little Friends Over the Beach

They must have been a sight for sore eyes to the soldiers on the beach as wave after wave of fighters, bombers, and paratrooper-stuffed transports, some towing gliders, passed overhead, all of them adorned with black and white painted stripes. The invasion was on, and many of the fighter pilots expecting a Luftwaffe slugfest were […]
Georgie Boy – Inspiration to a Fighter Pilot

Georgie Boy – Inspiration to a Fighter Pilot

The “greatest generation” as a whole did not need a reason to fight. Provoked by a ferocious Axis that threatened to enslave the world, hundreds and thousands of young men answered the call to arms.  Preserving freedom, peace and security for future generations were the primary reason men signed up for service. Others saw it […]
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