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Nocturnal Hunter

Nocturnal Hunter

Hunched in the cockpit of an F4U-2 Corsair in the darkest, blackest night he could remember, Second Lieutenant Frank Lang peered at the 6-inch scope in the center of his instrument panel and saw nothing significant to break up the green-yellow line inscribing a circle around the dial.
The Medal of  Honor Mess

The Medal of Honor Mess

Sorting through Problems with Our Highest Award The military awards and decorations system is broken. The Medal of Honor (MoH) is the prime example because of service agendas, insider influence, and political patronage. But we should remember that MoH recipients do not make the rules, although a few have influenced them. Eddie Rickenbacker lobbied Congress […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Edward Darby, British World War I flying ace. 1934 – Juan de la Cierva lands an autogyro on the Spanish Navy seaplane and ballon carrier Dédalo. It is the first time an autogyro lands on a Spanish ship. 1942 – The Royal Air Force commits Supermarine Spitfires to the defense of Malta for […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1873 – Death of Charles Ferson Durant, the first successful American aeronaut. 1915 – Birth of Kaj Birksted, Danish World War II flying ace with the Royal Air Force and Danish high-ranking officer post-WWII. 1955 – Trans-Canada Airlines introduces the Vickers Viscount airliner into regular service, making it the first North American airline to use […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Dan Able Kimball, American World War I pilot, executive of rocket engine producer Aerojet Engineering Co. and secretary of the U.S. Navy. 1926 – A quartet of Royal Air Force Fairey IIIDs commanded by Wing Commander Conway Walter Heath Pulford begin a long-distance flight from Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town, South […]
SR-71 Pilot Recounts Career

SR-71 Pilot Recounts Career

Brian Shul was burned so horribly after his aircraft crashed in the Vietnam jungle that doctors in Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, expected him to die. But Shul’s body refused to give in. He was shipped to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where he underwent 15 surgeries by doctors who told him […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Saint Cyprian Churchill Tayler, British World War I flying ace. 1931 – Frenchmen Lucien Bossoutrot and Maurice Rossi take off in the Blériot 110 “Joseph Le Brix” to attempt a closed-circuit world distance record. 1935 – Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be reformed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of George Raby Riley, British World War I fighter ace. 1921 – American James Herbert Knight, part of a relay team that flew 2,629 miles across the U.S., lands his de Havilland DH-4B in Chicago, completing the first overnight transcontinental air mail delivery. 1929 – First flight of the Breguet 27 (model […]

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‘Winkle’ Brown, Record-Setting Pilot, Dies

‘Winkle’ Brown, Record-Setting Pilot, Dies

Eric “Winkle” Brown, a British pilot who flew more kinds of aircraft than anyone in history and was the first person to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, has died. He was 97. Brown’s family said he died Sunday at a hospital in southern England after a short illness. Often dubbed Britain’s greatest pilot, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of Joseph Marie Le Brix, French raid aviator. 1932 – During the Shanghai Incident, three Imperial Japanese Navy Nakajima A1N2 fighters from the aircraft carrier Kaga score the first air-to-air kill in Japanese history, shooting down a Nationalist Chinese Boeing fighter piloted by an American volunteer. 1954 – First flight of the Convair R3Y Tradewind […]
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