Sole Survivors: August Issue

Martha’s Vineyard’s Workin’ Wacos

The Boy Next Door Goes to War

Mission into Darkness

World War II Trainers – The Ace Makers

My Target is What?! Embarrassing Non-shootdowns

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The P-51 Mustang — Behind the Wings

The P-51 Mustang — Behind the Wings

One of the most iconic warbirds in history, the P-51 Mustang is loved by pilots young and old. Seen at countless airshows across the country, more than 15,000 Mustangs were built and used during WWII and the Korean War. They were flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, set world records and defined American air superiority in […]
Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie

Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie

For nearly 20 years, the United States Air Force (USAF) has been focused on anti-terror operations in uncontested airspace. Now, as America transitions its focus away from the “War on Terror” toward potential near-peer conflicts, the US is looking to pull a page out of its own World War II playbook by building inexpensive combat […]

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Operation Moolah

Operation Moolah

During the Korean War, Operation Moolah was an effort by United States Air Force (USAF) to obtain (through defection), a fully capable Soviet MiG-15 jet fighter. Communist forces introduced the MiG-15 to Korea on November 1, 1950. USAF pilots reported that the performance of the MiG-15 was superior to all United Nations (UN) aircraft, including […]
P-39 Airacobra: Up Close and Personal [VIDEO]

P-39 Airacobra: Up Close and Personal [VIDEO]

For over 20 years, Pioneer Aero Limited, based at Armore Aerodrome in Auckland, have been one of New Zealand’s (and the world’s), foremost restorers of Second World War aircraft. In this video, director Paul McSweeny discusses the Bell P-39 Airacobra restoration that Pioneer is on the verge of completing for Jerry Yagen’s Warbirds Aviation Museum […]

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The Last “Spooky” Retires

The Last “Spooky” Retires

The U.S. Air Force has sent the last AC-130U “Spooky” gunship to the Boneyard, capping a career spanning three decades. The gunship, named “Gunslinger,” was sent to the Arizona desert for what is likely a one-way trip. Another of the heavily armed transport planes, “Big Daddy,” earned a coveted black letter for excellence and a […]
Celebrating The Original “Greatest Generation” on July 4

Celebrating The Original “Greatest Generation” on July 4

To most, the Fourth of July is a montage of red-white-and-blue images: warm days, fireworks, patriotic words, barbeques and bright and hopeful celebrations. Only a few remember the men behind the day. Only a few celebrate the real “Greatest Generation.” I’m not the first to recognize that the much-heralded WW II vets are definitely not […]

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Fourth of July: The Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Fourth of July: The Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Eleven score and nineteen years ago, our great, great, great, great, great, great. great grandfathers put their butts on the line to create a new nation and, to follow Abe’s words more precisely, the new nation was “…conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Although he was dedicating […]
Event News! EAA Spirit of Aviation Week

Event News! EAA Spirit of Aviation Week

Mark your calendars! From July 21 to 25, EAA will showcase the entire spectrum of flight virtually during its Spirit of Aviation Week. With online forums and workshops, exclusive interviews with aviation legends, “learn to fly” discussions and much more, the Spirit of Aviation Week is something every airplane enthusiast can look forward to. “Nothing […]

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The U2’s New Mission

The U2’s New Mission

The U.S. Air Force is investing more than $50 million to keep one of its oldest types of airplanes flying indefinitely. The U-2, nicknamed the “Dragon Lady” after a CIA program, is the world’s best-known spy plane, easily recognizable from its gliderlike shape and stealthy black color scheme. The Air Force commissioned it from the Lockheed […]
Curtiss P-40E Gets Its Wings

Curtiss P-40E Gets Its Wings

In news from New Zealand, aircraft restoration company Pioneer Aero gave PE4E S#41-13570 back its wings! In a recent blog post, they shared these photos, writing, “Yesterday was a significant day in the restoration of P40E S#41-13570 with the wings and fuselage being mated. A great way to mark the end of our Covid 19 […]
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