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Messerschmitt at the Beginning: An Icon is Born

Mission into Darkness

Turncoat's Raid

Escape from Agana Harbor

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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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The Turncoat’s Raid

The Turncoat’s Raid

Our Bombers Were Led by a Japanese Officer He was called the Benedict Arnold of Mindanao, a turncoat to the Empire of Japan. Yet few turncoats were as honorably and honestly motivated as Minoru Wada, a WW II Japanese prisoner of war, who voluntarily led an American air strike against his own military because of […]
F-35A Could Be Ready to Fight Soon

F-35A Could Be Ready to Fight Soon

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s next-generation F-35 jet could be deployed on combat missions this year if requested by regional commanders, according to the U.S. general responsible for declaring the system war-ready. “The minute I declare initial operational capability, if the combatant commander calls me up and says they needed F-35s, I would send them,” U.S. Air […]

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Mission into Darkness

Mission into Darkness

Flying the SB2C Helldiver into probable suicide On June 19, 1944, Task Force-58’s (TF-58) fighter and dive-bomber aircrews celebrated the combined destruction of 380 Japanese airplanes during the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. But our exhilaration was almost dashed the very next day when we went hunting for the fleeing Japanese fleet. Those of us flying […]
Before Its Name Was Mitchell: Free Wallpaper

Before Its Name Was Mitchell: Free Wallpaper

In response to a 1938 USAAC request for a twin-engine light attack bomber, North American Aviation submitted a prototype they designate NA-40. Powered by two P & W R-1830s eventually developing 1,600 hp each, the prototype crashed. But we would hear from it again. Visualize the NA-40 with a much wider fuselage and side-by-side cockpit […]

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First Flight for ‘Doc’ Set for Sunday

First Flight for ‘Doc’ Set for Sunday

Doc’s Friends, the group managing the restoration of the B-29 known as Doc, announced today the historic B-29 will make its return to flight Sunday, July 17. The restored Boeing B-29 Superfortress will take off from the non-joint-use runway at McConnell Air Force Base, adjacent to where the restoration team has spent the last 16 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of William Otto Brash Winkler, Scottish World War I fighter ace. 1917 – In daylight, German Gotha heavy bombers make a third attack on England, killing 65 people and injuring 245. 1927 – T.B. Tull and J.V. Medcalf are the first Canadians to attempt a transatlantic flight but after they depart Harbour Grace in Newfoundland, the duo […]

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Chinese Military Adds Transport to Fleet

Chinese Military Adds Transport to Fleet

China’s air force on Wednesday put into service a new, domestically-developed large transport aircraft, as part of the government’s ambitious modernization program. The Xian Y-20 has a maximum takeoff weight of 200 tons and is ideal for carrying cargo and people over long distances in difficult weather conditions, the air force said in a short statement […]
Ex-Marine Aviator Awarded FAA’s Top Honor

Ex-Marine Aviator Awarded FAA’s Top Honor

If Paul Chapman had crash-landed his plane over the King Ranch in south Texas after the engine started to chuck and putt he might not have been awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The Federal Aviation Administration awards the Wright Brothers honor to pilots who have made significant contributions to aviation and have 50 […]
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