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The Luftwaffe’s Femmes Fatales

The Luftwaffe’s Femmes Fatales

Hitler and his Luftwaffe don’t have the kind of image that would brighten a feminist’s day. Even so, if today’s public is asked to name German test pilots, the only two names likely to be uttered would be Hanna Reitsch and Melitta Schiller/von Stauffenberg. From debugging piloted buzz bombs and making heroic rescue flights to […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – Birth of Bozidar “Bosko” Petrovich, Yugoslavian flying ace of the Spanish Civil War. 1916 – Flying his new Nieuport 11 fighter, World War I Italian ace Francesco Baracca scores his first victory, holing the fuel tank of an Austrian Hansa-Brandenburg C.I and wounding its two-man crew. This becomes the first aerial victory for […]

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The Rearwin Speedster

The Rearwin Speedster

While not a top-tier airplane manufacturer, Rearwin Airplanes Inc., founded in 1928 in Kansas City, Kansas, produced a line of rugged high-wing cabin monoplanes that are fondly remembered, culminating with the postwar-era Commonwealth Skyranger 185. One of its least numerous models, however, forever holds a special place in the hearts of modelers and pilots alike: […]
Alaska Picked for First Overseas F-35 Base

Alaska Picked for First Overseas F-35 Base

 Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, was selected as the new home for the Air Force’s first operational overseas Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs. Air Force officials chose Eielson AFB after a lengthy analysis of the location’s operational considerations, installation attributes, environmental factors and cost. “Alaska combines a strategically important location with a world-class training environment. […]

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The Crisis That Might Have Been

The Crisis That Might Have Been

Put your What-If app to work. Imagine a stealthy cruise missile with an extremely sophisticated, highly adaptable guidance system programmed to strike America’s most valuable naval targets — aircraft carriers. The antiship missile is immune to all deception measures. It’s programmed to ignore chaff and flares as well as navigation and communications jamming.  Being subsonic, […]
Flight Journal’s Ultimate Aviation Media Package

Flight Journal’s Ultimate Aviation Media Package

 Includes one-year subscriptions to both Flight Journal AND AeroCinema, the online aviation channel!  Enjoy a full year of both for a special introductory price of $49.95 for the entire year!  What is AeroCinema? AeroCinema is a video on demand service dedicated to aviation history. -Rare and untold stories of aviation, exclusively produced at AeroCinema -100+ titles are […]

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Military Helicopters 2016 Lands in Rucker Alabama

Military Helicopters 2016 Lands in Rucker Alabama

  Military Helicopters 2016 Over the past decade of war, the need for advanced rotary wing assets has grown ten-fold. Rotary wing aircraft are essential for troop delivery, MEDEVAC, close air support, logistical support,and reconnaissance. Rotary wing assets are also a major component of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) such as the USCG and Border […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Ludwig Gaim, German World War I flying ace who also served in World War II. 1935 – Death of Robert Bajac, French World War I pilot, airline pilot and record setter; he dies in a crash while flying between Paris and London at night. 1947 – First flight of the Blackburn Firecrest (shown), […]

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Texas-Based A-26 Readied for Show Season

Texas-Based A-26 Readied for Show Season

The Commemorative Air Force’s A-26 Invader Squadron, based within the Vintage Flying Museum’s hangar at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, has spent the winter month’s working hard on its Douglas A-26B Invader 41-29427. The squadron began life in 2009, with the specific objective of getting the A-26 airworthy. Following years on the air show circuit as “Spirit of Waco,” […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Sergey Vladimirovich Ilyushin (shown), Soviet aircraft designer who founded the Ilyushin aircraft design bureau. 1917 – German Schutte-Lanz airship SL9 (E2) is destroyed during a storm with the loss of all hands. 1940 – First flight of the Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-1 (production LAGG-3), Soviet fighter aircraft of World War II. 1959 – […]
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