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Ruff Stuff

Ruff Stuff

Memories of an Early War South Pacific Fighter Pilot By the time newly minted U.S. fighter pilots entered WW II in late 1941, they faced a Japanese adversary whose pilots had been flying combat since 1937. Not only were these “flying Samurai” pilots old hats, but they also flew a trump card in the form […]
General Delivery

General Delivery

From Gliders to the Guinea Short Lines When I was a senior in high school in 1942, I took advantage of the Civilian Pilot Training Program and earned my pilots license flying Waco UPF- 7s and PT-17s off a red dusty Oklahoma airfield near my hometown. As I waited to be called to active duty, […]

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Idiot’s Loop

Idiot’s Loop

The Day I Nuked Los Angeles During the early 1950s, I fooled around with football, girls, and socializing while I was attending college and really didn’t know what I wanted to do in my life. When I saw the Korean War movie The Bridges at Toko-Ri, I knew right then I wanted to be a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1941 – The first Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses fly into combat, serving with the \ Royal Air Force on a daylight bombing raid from 30,000 feet against Wilhelmshaven, Germany. 1950 – Douglas AD Skyraiders and Vought F4U Corsairs from the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) strike targets near Pyongyang, Korea, then completely destroy an oil refinery at Wonsan; […]

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Air Show Report: Flying Legends 2014

Air Show Report: Flying Legends 2014

Standing at any of the runway ends during the Duxford, England, air shows is a stunning experience. Either you get to see the aircraft turning in onto the display line or they make you feel their massive horse powers while passing you on take-off. Action is guaranteed! If you look around the airfield there are […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Edwin Harris Dunning (shown), British Royal Naval Air Service pilot and the first person to land an aircraft on a moving ship. 1917 – Death of Luigi Olivi, Italian World War I flying ace, killed in action in his SPAD S.VII. 1949 – First flight of the Vickers Varsity, a British twin-engine crew trainer operated by the […]

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B-2 Turns 25, Set to Get Upgrades

B-2 Turns 25, Set to Get Upgrades

The most intimidating aircraft in the world is 25 years old this week and is about to become even more advanced. The nation’s fleet of B-2 stealth bombers, the pride of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, is poised to get nearly $10 billion in upgrades over the next several years to ensure it remains the most […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – First flight of the Duigan biplane (shown), which made the first powered flight by an aircraft designed and built in Australia. 1927 – Ernie Smith and Emory Bronte complete the first civilian non-stop flight from North America to the Hawaiian Islands when their Travel Air monoplane, the City of Oakland, crashes on Molokai after a flight […]

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Iranian F-4 Crashes, Crew Lost

Iranian F-4 Crashes, Crew Lost

A McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter jet, operated by Iran’s Air Force, has crashed in southern Iran, leaving both pilot and copilot dead. “An operational-training jet [operated by] the Army went down on Tuesday near Bakhtegan [Lake] in Fars province. Unfortunately, the pilot and the copilot were killed,” said Brigadier General Hossein Mohammadi, a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1875 – Birth of Augustus Roy Knabenshue,  American aeronautical engineer and aviator; he became the first to make a dirigible flight over New York City in 1905. 1927 – First flight of the Bristol Bagshot (also known as the Type 95), a British fighter prototype. 1952 – A pair of U.S. Air Force Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaws make the first transatlantic crossing by […]
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