91-Year-Old Fighter Vet Flies Spitfire

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

A 91-year-old former fighter pilot took the controls and looped the loop when he was given the chance to fly his first Spitfire. Neville Croucher, from Chartham near Canterbury, England, survived 800 combat hours in the cockpit of Hawker Hurricane fighters during World War Two. He was given the chance to fly a Supermarine Spitfire at [...]

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In Theater: The Glorious Gooney

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

Mary Co-ED II By Stan Piet  The backbone of the initial Allied assault against Erwin Rommel’s Atlantic Wall was the unsung heroes of the AAF’s Troop Carrier Command. Evolving from the pre-war Air Service & Ferrying Command, a specific need for the Army’s expanding parachute units led to the division of the now AAF’s transport [...]

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In Theater: The Heavy-Hitting Jug

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

Miss Fire/Rozzie Geth II – Capt. Fred Christensen By Stan Piet Seventh ranking American ace of the European Theater, Capt. Fred J. Christensen, Jr. stands with the other legends of the 56th Fighter Group that brought the Republic Thunderbolt into service and remained true to their charge until the VE-Day victory. As with many WW II [...]

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War’s Ultimate Weapon

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

By Budd Davisson There’s a certain amount of elitism attached to what we do here at Flight Journal: all of our focus is on aircraft and their pilots. In fact, as you worked your way through the preceding articles to this final page, you probably couldn’t help but glory in the deeds accomplished by those [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 23, 2014 No Comments

1919 – Six Zeppelins (LZ 46, LZ 79, LZ 91, LZ103, LZ 110 and LZ 111) are destroyed at Nordholz, Germany, by their own crews to prevent them from falling into Allied hands. 1931 – Wiley Post and his navigator, Harold Gatty, leave Roosevelt Field on Long Island, N.Y., in the Lockheed Vega “Winnie Mae” [...]

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Historic Hill AFB Squadron Being Revived

Jun 23, 2014 No Comments

If you ask U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric Fiederer, he’ll tell you he knew the Rude Rams of the 34th Fighter Squadron couldn’t be kept down for too long. And now, four years after Fiederer’s beloved squadron was put to bed indefinitely, the Air Force has validated his intuition — confirming last week that the currently [...]

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Scooter Memories

Jun 21, 2014 No Comments

Flying the  A-4 Skyhawk in Vietnam Although the Phantoms, Spads, and Thuds of the Vietnam War seem to get all the glory, the venerable little Scooter, the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, carried more than its share of the fight to the enemy. It was an airplane that packed more fight per pound into its diminutive airframe [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 20, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Percy Sinclair Pilcher is towed about 750 feet in the “Hawk,” the fourth of his hang gliders. 1937 – Valery Chkalov, G.F.Baidukov and A.V.Belyakov land their Tupolev ANT-25 in Vancouver, Wash., coming from Moscow via the north pole. A non-stop distance of 8,811 kilometers (5,475 mi). The flight pioneered the polar air route [...]

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