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Life Among the Nukes

Life Among the Nukes

By sheer coincidence, I am, at 86, one of relatively few ex-SAC members who can recall both how it was in the Strategic Air Command before General Curtis LeMay’s influence, and afterwards. It was a unique time in my life. In those days, the Strategic Air Command was a cocked fist carrying a knockout blow. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1884 – Birth of Alessandro Marchettí, Italian engineer and airplane designer. 1917 – Scottish World War I fighter ace William Charles Campbell scores a trio of victories with his Nieuport Scout in a one-hour mission, earning him England’s Military Cross. 1940 – First flight of the Shavrov Sh-7 (shown), a Soviet amphibious flying boat. 1943 – […]

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FJ’s Dorr, 76, Goes West

FJ’s Dorr, 76, Goes West

Robert F. Dorr, a master historian whose books and columns on aircraft and the U.S. military made him an invaluable author for decades, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. Dorr’s family announced on his Facebook page that he died peacefully at the age of 76 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia. Dorr was a prolific […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Friedrich Altemeier, German World War I fighter ace. 1910 – American Walter Brookins, the first pilot trained by the Wright brothers for their exhibition team, sets a world’s record for altitude of 4,380 feet. 1944 – The first V1 rocket is shot down by Royal Air Force Flight Lt. J.G. Musgrave in a Mosquito […]

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Escape From Agana Harbor

Escape From Agana Harbor

On June 6, 1944, while the Allies landed at Normandy, the greatest American combat fleet yet seen in the Pacific sailed from Majuro anchorage. Its goal was the Mariana Islands, 1,800 miles to the north-northwest. Seven heavy fleet carriers and eight light carriers of Task Force 58 under Admiral Marc Mitscher would support 535 ships […]
On Replacing the T-38

On Replacing the T-38

The U.S. Air Force has been flying fifth-generation advanced fighter jets for 11 years now, but believe it or not, it’s still training pilots for planes like the F-35 and F-22 with aircraft designed more than a half century ago. Plans are in the works to build a new advanced fighter jet trainer, and this […]

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Iconic Firepower: SAM SA-2:  The Aviator’s  Real Enemy

Iconic Firepower: SAM SA-2: The Aviator’s Real Enemy

U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was destroyed in flight over central Russia. From more than 60,000 feet, Francis Gary Powers parachuted into captivity for two years, giving Moscow a huge propaganda victory over President Dwight Eisenhower, who pledged to stop all overflights. The surface to air missile had arrived: the NATO alliance called it the SA-2 Guideline. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub, Soviet Ukrainian military aviator and World War II fighter ace who also served during Korean War. 1926 – Death of Jurgis Dobkevicius, Lithuanian aviator and aircraft designer, who dies in the crash of a Dobi-III, a single-seat, high-wing monoplane of his own design. 1953 – The U.S. Air Force […]

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U.S. Showcases Aircraft in Berlin

U.S. Showcases Aircraft in Berlin

U.S. military aircraft from Europe and the U.S. were on display during this year’s Berlin Air and Trade Show, June 1-4. The International Aerospace Exhibition, also known as the “Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung” in German, or ILA for short, is one of the oldest airshows around dating back more than 100 years. ILA hosts a trade […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Andre Jean Delorme, French World War I flying ace. 1933 – The last Ford Trimotor (also known as “The Tin Goose”), an American three-engined transport plane, is produced. 1938 – First flight of the Douglas DC-4E (shown), an American experimental airliner that resulted in an entirely new design, the successful DC-4/C-54. 1985 – Death of Frank Harold Taylor, […]
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