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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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 […]
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 […]

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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 […]
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 […]

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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 […]
7 Strangest Airplanes Yet!

7 Strangest Airplanes Yet!

What will the future of air travel look like? These oddities, from a 36-motor VTOL passenger aircraft to a flying saucer, may hold the answer. This short video featuring a few unusual prototype aircraft will make you think!

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From Recovery to Restoration [VIDEO]

From Recovery to Restoration [VIDEO]

In 2013, divers recovered the remains of a German Dornier 17 bomber that had lain underwater since it was shot down during the Battle of Britain in August 1940. This extremely rare aircraft is now being conserved at the RAF Museum in Cosford, United Kingdom. The National WWII Museum, meanwhile, displays a restored SBD-3 Dauntless […]
Grumman Wildcat: Free Online Artwork

Grumman Wildcat: Free Online Artwork

William Wylam was the past master of the detailed three-view drawing. For nearly forty years, he produced amazing pieces of artwork, many of them for Model Airplane News, Flight Journal’s sister publication. Some of them go back to the 1930s. The detail, accuracy, and clarity are awe-inspiring. This time around, we’re posting his drawing of the […]

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The story behind Boeing’s First Flying Fortress

The story behind Boeing’s First Flying Fortress

On 8 August 1934, the U.S. Army Air Corps entered a proposal for a multi-engine bomber to replace the Martin B-10. Looking for a bomber capable of reinforcing the air forces in Hawaii, Panama, and Alaska, the USAAF’s requirements stated that it needed to carry a useful bomb load at an altitude of 10,000 feet […]
F6F Hellcat: Up Close & Personal [VIDEO]

F6F Hellcat: Up Close & Personal [VIDEO]

Simple, rugged, and deadly, the Grumman F6F Hellcat dominated the skies over the Pacific during World War II. Explore the unique systems, history, and design that lead to its success in the Pacific in this walk-around with Jason Muszala, Flying Heritage & Combat Air Museum’s Senior Restoration & Maintenance Manager.
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