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WW II Pilot Bernie Sledzick – Little Guy in a Big Airplane

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Little Boy & Fat Man: The Game Changers

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Fighter Pilot: The Hero Comes of Age

Fighter Pilot: The Hero Comes of Age

The movies and the fighter pilot were made for each other. The motion-picture concept is generally credited to Thomas Edison in 1889, and he continually improved it through the 1890s into the next century. By the time World War I had begun, crude commercial movies were available, with the first heroes frequently being cowboys with […]
WW II Snapshot: A Moment Frozen in Time

WW II Snapshot: A Moment Frozen in Time

What do you see in this picture? Sharper than most WW II images, this one is of a fairly tranquil scene on the deck of CV-6, USS Enterprise. The shot was taken on May 15, 1942, and the red circles in their insignias had been painted over. That’s barely five months after Pearl Harbor and […]

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How the USAF Almost Brought Back the P-51 Mustang

How the USAF Almost Brought Back the P-51 Mustang

Today’s pilots are expensively trained and politically expensive to lose. A pilot lost over Serbia or Syria has major diplomatic repercussions, which is why drones are becoming the aircraft of choice. The Air Force does like its high-priced jets, and cost is a lingering issue for hundred-million-dollar aircraft like the F-35. But while a propeller-driven […]
Video: Japanese Zero Starts Up

Video: Japanese Zero Starts Up

This is a startup and short flight exhibiting absolutely the rarest of all the flyable warbirds in existence today: the Japanese A6M5 Zero! This is the example owned and flown by the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California, USA. It is the ONLY example of a WWII Japanese aircraft flying in the world today […]

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On this Day, 15 February 1946—First flight of Douglas XC-112A

On this Day, 15 February 1946—First flight of Douglas XC-112A

In 1944, the U.S. Army Air Corps had requested a faster, higher-flying variant of the Douglas C-54E Skymaster, with a pressurized cabin. Douglas Aircraft Company developed the XC-112A in response. It was completed 11 February 1946 and made its first flight 4 days later. With the end of World War II, military requirements were scaled […]
Aviation Legend: Interview with General Chuck Yeager

Aviation Legend: Interview with General Chuck Yeager

On the occasion of his 95th birthday, we celebrate General Yeager and hope you’ll enjoy watching this interview from 2016 as much as we did. He is an amazing human being … they don’t make ’em like that anymore!

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Which three famous Pilots would you invite to a Bar?

Which three famous Pilots would you invite to a Bar?

Here’s something fun. We all have our favorite pilots, whether a modern day pilot, a WW1 or WW2 ace, A Mustang driver from MiG alley during the Korean War, or a Wild Weasel from Vietnam, these are the guys that got the job done. Tell us who you’d like to invite to a bar, have […]
Great Planes: Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Great Planes: Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Throughout the history of aviation only a few aircraft have excelled to become legend. One of them is the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. Enjoy this terrific documentary!

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch Big Success! — Launches Starman in a Tesla

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch Big Success! — Launches Starman in a Tesla

On February 6, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, thundered to life and cleared the launch gantry powered by 27 engines and nearly 5 million pounds of thrust. Kicking off a spectacular maiden flight for the Falcon Heavy, it sent founder Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster on a journey that will reach […]
On this Day in 1971–Apollo 14 Lands on the Moon

On this Day in 1971–Apollo 14 Lands on the Moon

February 5, 1971: Apollo 14 touched down on the Moon in the “Fra Mauro” highlands, which was the intended landing site for Apollo 13. Apollo 14 was the eighth manned mission in the United States Apollo program, and the third to land on the Moon. It was the last of the “H missions,” targeted landings […]
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