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Pivotal Tactics - Behind the Legendary Battle of Britain

Banshee Wail - Flying Skulls over Burma

Out for a Sunday Ride - Civilian Pilots Caught in History’s Path

Chennault’s Flying Tigers -- How They Got Their Name

The First Bridge - The Vietnam War Had to Start Somewhere

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The Tomahawk: Long-range, all-weather, subsonic Cruise Missile

The Tomahawk: Long-range, all-weather, subsonic Cruise Missile

Named after the Tomahawk, a one-handed axe used as a tool and a weapon by pre-contact Native Americans, the Tomahawk is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile. Introduced by McDonnell Douglas in the 1970s, it was initially designed as a medium to long-range, low-altitude missile that could be launched from a surface platform. It has […]
April 6, On this Day in Aviation History

April 6, On this Day in Aviation History

It is amazing to look back and see all the amazing accomplishments made throughout the years in aviation. The feats and personalities involved have changed the world for ever and we all benefit from those that came before.   1890 (Java) — Anthony Herman Gerald Fokker, Dutch pioneer airman and aircraft manufacturer, is born in […]

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Godspeed John Glenn — Final Funeral Rights at  Arlington National Cemetery

Godspeed John Glenn — Final Funeral Rights at Arlington National Cemetery

COLUMBUS, Ohio –  Final funeral rites for astronaut John Glenn (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016), will take place Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery. His family and invited guests, including astronauts and dignitaries, will say goodbye to the first American to orbit Earth at a private service at the Old Post Chapel beginning at 9 […]
Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii

Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii

When: Saturday, June 3 & Sunday, June 4 10:00am – 4:00pm Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii June 3, 4 To Feature World Class Pilots and Planes Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s popular remote control Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii is back for its tenth year, Saturday and Sunday, June 3 […]

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Warbird of the week — Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

Warbird of the week — Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

One of the all time famous fighters to come out of WW 2, the P-40 was conceived as a pursuit aircraft and was agile at low and medium altitudes. However, it suffered from a lack of power at higher altitudes. At medium and high speeds it was one of the tightest-turning early monoplane designs of […]

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The A-36A Apache — Attack/dive bomber version of the P-51 Mustang

The A-36A Apache — Attack/dive bomber version of the P-51 Mustang

The first A-36A Apache rolled out of the North American Aviation Inglewood, CA plant in September 1942, and rapidly progressed through flight testing in October. With deliveries starting soon after, the first production machines continued the use of nose-mounted .50 cal. machine guns along with four wing mounted .50 cal machine guns. Also known by […]
Little Friends Over the Beach

Little Friends Over the Beach

They must have been a sight for sore eyes to the soldiers on the beach as wave after wave of fighters, bombers, and paratrooper-stuffed transports, some towing gliders, passed overhead, all of them adorned with black and white painted stripes. The invasion was on, and many of the fighter pilots expecting a Luftwaffe slugfest were […]

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Georgie Boy – Inspiration to a Fighter Pilot

Georgie Boy – Inspiration to a Fighter Pilot

The “greatest generation” as a whole did not need a reason to fight. Provoked by a ferocious Axis that threatened to enslave the world, hundreds and thousands of young men answered the call to arms.  Preserving freedom, peace and security for future generations were the primary reason men signed up for service. Others saw it […]
Bombing in the Beast

Bombing in the Beast

Ben Case and the SB2C Helldiver. We were launched while our fleet was 180 to 200 miles northeast of Manila. My group was assigned to hit Japanese ships in Manila Harbor. As we approached our dive area at 10,000 feet, big, black puffs of smoke from anti-aircraft fire began popping all around us.” Leslie Bennett […]
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