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Words are the Easy Part

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Thunderbolt in the Pacific — The final battle of air ace Ben Drew

Thunderbolt in the Pacific — The final battle of air ace Ben Drew

He piloted the P-47N Thunderbolt in the Pacific. He loved the N model. He used all of his talent at its controls to take the war to Japan, to the place U. S. airmen called “the Empire.” P-47N pacific Still, Urban L. “Ben” Drew is remembered mostly today for what he achieved in a different […]
Geoff Wellum: Teenage Spitfire Pilot

Geoff Wellum: Teenage Spitfire Pilot

One of the “Few” Remembers. The mood was, “We’ll have a go at you.” You didn’t allow yourself to dwell on the losses, or the seriousness of the situation. You had tomorrow morning to look to. You made a resolve to do the best you could. The thought of defeat never entered our heads. Nobody […]

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Oops! Wrong Carrier

Oops! Wrong Carrier

Other than a ramp strike, probably the most embarrassing error in carrier aviation is landing on the wrong flight deck. That’s what happened to this VF-111 “Sundowners” pilot who returned to his home, USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39), with a billboard’s worth of non-regulation markings applied to his F9F-5 Panther. During the period immediately after the […]
The P-47 Thunderbolt — The Beautiful Brute Lives on

The P-47 Thunderbolt — The Beautiful Brute Lives on

There’s a lot more to the P-47 than simply being a seemingly fat, overweight pugilist surrounded by svelte, muscular appearing peers on both sides of the fight. Its out-of-place appearance made it the butt of a lot of jokes on its own side. However, to the Axis, whether on the ground or in the air, […]

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The Words Are the Easy Part

The Words Are the Easy Part

Barrett Tillman, historian, author and Flight Journal regular is fond of saying, “God forgives man that time spent looking at airplane photos.” Outside of actually flying, nothing gives aviation types as much pleasure as looking at high-quality (or interesting) photos of flying machines. It almost makes no difference what kind of airplane. We’ll look at […]
Fairey Swordfish: The Hundred Knot Warrior

Fairey Swordfish: The Hundred Knot Warrior

It’s impossible to look at the Fairey Swordfish, affectionately known as the “Stringbag,” and not say, “You have to be kidding! This was one of the Royal Navy’s most effective weapons of WW II?” A gigantic, bi-winged personification of the word “anachronistic,” as the saying goes, the Swordfish may have been ugly, but it was […]

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North American AT-6 Texan — The Pilot Maker!

North American AT-6 Texan — The Pilot Maker!

There are famous aircraft, and then there are the over the top famous aircraft! The AT-6 Texan is one of the all time sweethearts of the war, both loved and hated by everyone who learned their trade at her controls. Used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Navy, […]
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 […]

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Extra 300S: Patty Wagstaff and her Magic Machine

Extra 300S: Patty Wagstaff and her Magic Machine

If you’ve ever seen her fly, you’ll never forget it. She’s razzle-dazzle personified. If you meet her and spend a few moments with her, youíll come away with much the same feeling. It’ll be obvious that the pilot fits the airplane. Or is it the other way around? Patty exudes confidence laced with huge amounts […]
My Target is What?! Embarrassing Non-shootdowns

My Target is What?! Embarrassing Non-shootdowns

Not all of fighter aviation is aimed at protecting the fair damsel from the marauding Count von Evil. In fact, history shows that fighter jocks themselves have often provided whimsical, if not overly efficient episodes that have left their mark in the annals of fighterdom. “Ever shoot down a balloon?” Sam Flynn was in an […]
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