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Helborne 513: October Issue

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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Bob Hoover, Flying Legend, Goes West at 94

Bob Hoover, Flying Legend, Goes West at 94

News of the death of legendary test pilot and aerobatics pioneer Bob Hoover this morning has brought grief to the aviation community. Hoover, known among his many fans as the “pilot’s pilot,” died at about 2 a.m. Pacific Time, according to reports. He was 94 years old. Hoover’s flying career began when he was a […]
A Pilot’s View of D-Day

A Pilot’s View of D-Day

In his memoir, Lt. Col. Richard E. Turner recalled D-Day for the Ninth Air Force’s 354th Fighter Group at Maidstone, Kent. He described the “Pioneer Mustangs’” rare D-Day missions: night escort of troop carrier aircraft and gliders. Since the 25th of May, the group had been informed that it was on a six-hour alert status, […]

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Silent Targets

Silent Targets

The glider gang behind the lines During the National WW II Glider Pilots Association’s 41st reunion in Oklahoma City in October 2011, glider pilots George L. Williams of Idaho and Norman C. Wilmeth of Oklahoma shared memories of their D-Day glider missions with the author. MISSION ELMIRA Normandy D-Day Flight Officer George L. Williams flew […]
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Revisiting the Doolittle Raid

When vintage World War II bombers known as North American B-25 Mitchells thrill fans on the U.S. airshow circuit, they honor the legacy of one of the most daring military missions in American history. At Georgia’s Perry-Houston County Airport on Friday, a B-25 named “Show Me” sat at the end of Runway 36. Its powerful […]

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Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel McClinton, 1st ACB
October 15, 2007

An AH-64D Apache from Company B, 1st "Attack" Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, flies over a residential area in the Multi-National Division-Baghdad area Oct. 12. The Apache crew was conducting a reconnaissance mission to keep an eye out for enemy mortar and anti-aircraft systems.

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of Cecil Vernon Gardner, British World War I flying ace, from wounds received in actions three days before. 1932 – The only RWD-7, a Polish high-wing, single-engine sports plane, is flown by its designer Jerzy Drzewiecki and Antoni Kocjan, to a record height of 19,755 feet. 1964 – Birth of Stephen Nathaniel […]
Dawn Patrol Set for NMUSAF

Dawn Patrol Set for NMUSAF

The 2016 World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will not only allow visitors to see great flying action from the early years of aviation, but also includes many other attractions and free interactive educational programs that provide a hands-on experience for the entire family, Oct. 1-2 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1879 – On a trip in high winds from East St. Louis, Ill., over Lake Michigan, American balloonist John Wise disappears with his balloon “Pathfinder.” Both remain missing. 1894 – Birth of Antonio Amantea, Italian World War I flying ace. 1927 – The first solo flight from England to South Africa is completed when Lt. […]
USCG Aviation Among HoF Inductees

USCG Aviation Among HoF Inductees

Eight individuals and organizations, including The Boeing Co. and an Apollo astronaut, will be inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame in November, the San Diego Air & Space Museum announced Monday. The inductees for the Nov. 17 ceremony at the museum are: — The Boeing Co., the maker of passenger and […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Émile Dewoitine, French aviation industrialist. 1917 – Death of Fritz Gustav August Kosmahl, German World War I flying ace, from wounds received in action. 1965 – First flight of the Ling-Temco-Vought LTV A-7 Corsair II (E model shown), an American carrier-based light attack aircraft. 1973 – Texas International Airlines Flight 655, […]
California Fires Target of Big Tanker

California Fires Target of Big Tanker

At least five large wildfires are burning in California – and the worst part of the fire season is actually just beginning. Red flag warnings are posted throughout the state. California has a top weapon for battling its biggest fires. Firefighters battling California’s largest wildfires call it their big gun. “When you’re up here trying to save […]
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