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Ace in a Day

Ace in a Day

The kills and claims of the top shooters On the morning of April 7, 1943, American fighter pilots on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands responded to a red alert. More than 100 Japanese aircraft were inbound, sending Wildcats and P-40s scrambling to intercept. In a prolonged combat, the defenders claimed 39 victories and actually got […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1917 – Death of John Edward Sharman, Canadian World War I flying ace; he is killed in action in his Sopwith Triplane by a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire. 1921 – Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., founds the Douglas Aircraft Co. 1921 – Birth of Umberto Bernardini, Italian test pilot; he became the first Italian to […]

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Another Lancaster Seat Offered on eBay

Another Lancaster Seat Offered on eBay

If you’re still smarting about losing out in May’s bidding war for the $79,100 Avro Lancaster flight of a lifetime to Great Britain next month, here’s your chance to land a seat on the return trip. A spokesperson from the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum, which owns the famous warbird, said on Monday that another ticket […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Gilbert Marie de Guingand, French World War I flying ace. 1939 – First flight of the Short S.26 G-class (shown), a British four-engined flying boat. 1941 – More than 190 Luftwaffe bombers attack the Soviet capital of Moscow for the first time. 1951 – A Canadian Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-4 departs […]

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Group to Toast F-15 Eagle at Ohio Air Base

Group to Toast F-15 Eagle at Ohio Air Base

Those responsible for designing and sustaining a historic airplane will gather this weekend at Hope Hotel and Conference Center to remember — and toast — an achievement worth remembering. Dubbed the “F-15 Gathering of Eagles 2014,” the event happens Friday through Sunday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The gathering is open to the men and women, civilian and […]
The Soccer War

The Soccer War

I was seated in first class enjoying a cocktail at 33,000 feet, looking west at the vast Pacific Ocean en route to Guatemala on a Pan Am 707 when a thought passed: “I sure hope this isn’t a one-way trip.” It was the summer of 1969. But while the Vietnam War proceeded, an unlikely feud […]

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A Wingspan From Disaster

A Wingspan From Disaster

BY CHARLES O’MAHONY Our Martin B-26 Marauder crew arrived on the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea to begin our combat tour in July of 1944. We joined the 320th Bomb Group, and we were assigned to one of the four squadrons, the 441st. The Group was operating off Decimomannu airfield, a one-of-a-kind dirt […]
Unarmed and Unafraid

Unarmed and Unafraid

RA-5 Vigilante: Going to war with a camera The Vigilante was doing 650 knots near the North Vietnamese port of Hon Gai when there was a huge explosion behind the tail from either heavy caliber antiaircraft fire or a SA-2 missile. On fire and with the flight controls failed, the crew, Lt. Cdr. James Bell, […]

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Two-Hole Killers

Two-Hole Killers

The Tradition of the Two-Seat Fighter By Barrett Tillman FRANCE, OCTOBER 5, 1914. Sergeant Josef Frantz and mechanic Louis Quenaut were in a Voisin III biplane returning from a bombing mission along the Belgian border. En route home, they engaged a German Aviatik B observation plane over Johchery-sur-Vesle near Reims. The French crew immediately attacked, […]
Medal of Honor Fighters

Medal of Honor Fighters

The Highest Award for Extreme Service By Barrett Tillman Captain Henry T. Elrod did it all. In the 16-day defense of Wake Island in December 1941, the 36-year-old Marine shot down at least one Japanese aircraft, sank an enemy warship, and conducted the ground defense on his part of the 1,400-acre sandspit when the invaders […]
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