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World War II Trainers – The Ace Makers

My Target is What?! Embarrassing Non-shootdowns

Mission into Darkness

WW II Pilot Bernie Sledzick – Little Guy in a Big Airplane

WWII Heritage Days

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On this Day, Remembering Apollo!

On this Day, Remembering Apollo!

Apollo 1, initially designated AS-204, was the first crewed mission of the United States Apollo program, the undertaking to land the first men on the Moon. Planned as the first low Earth orbital test of the Apollo command and service module, to launch on February 21, 1967, the mission never flew! A cabin fire during […]
69 Years Ago Today – Douglas F4D Skyray

69 Years Ago Today – Douglas F4D Skyray

First flown on January 23, 1951, the Douglas F4D Skyray was an American carrier-based fighter/interceptor built by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Although it never entered combat, it was the first carrier-launched aircraft to hold the world’s absolute speed record, at 752.943 mph, and was the first US Navy and US Marine Corps fighter to exceed […]

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The Sea Gives Up Its Treasure – P-38 Lightning

The Sea Gives Up Its Treasure – P-38 Lightning

It laid buried under the sands and waves since it crashed off the coast of Wales in 1942. Then, 65 years later in 2007, after a storm, shifting waters displaced the sand to reveal a P-38 Lightning fighter to the amazement of aviation buffs around the world. The photographs show how the previously undetected twin […]
Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe will take place on May 8, 2020. The Arsenal of Democracy program is a massive undertaking lead by several organizations including the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). A full week of events and programs will occur in and […]

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WW II Heritage Days: May 2-3, 2020

WW II Heritage Days: May 2-3, 2020

The National WWII History Museum from New Orleans and the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force from Savannah, Georgia, will join the 17th annual World War II Heritage Days at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Warbird Museum in Peachtree City, Georgia, May 2-3, 2020. Together with the Atlanta History Center and […]
First African-American Military Pilot

First African-American Military Pilot

Eugene James Bullard, was the first African-American military combat pilot.His life has been surrounded by many legends. However, Bullard, who flew for France, was unquestionably one of the few black combat pilots during World War I, along with the Ottoman Empire’s Ahmet Ali Çelikten. Bullard was born in Columbus, Georgia on this day (October 9, […]

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Jan. 15, 1991, Operation Desert Shield – Desert Storm

Jan. 15, 1991, Operation Desert Shield – Desert Storm

Operation Desert Storm was the first major foreign crisis for the United States after the end of the Cold War. On Aug. 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein led a well-equipped Iraqi army into Kuwait, a major supplier of oil to the United States. The U.S. had supplied Iraq with military aid during its eight-year war with […]
Bf 109 G-10 “Gustav”

Bf 109 G-10 “Gustav”

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 series went through innumerable major and minor design changes throughout its career. However, three were most significant—the E or “Emil,” the F or “Friedrich,” and the G or “Gustav.” The Emil was best known as the Battle of Britain 109, readily distinguished from earlier models by its more streamlined nose, yet […]

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Voodoo Magic: Learning to dance with a high-spirited lady

Voodoo Magic: Learning to dance with a high-spirited lady

By 1959, Major Ernest Craigwell, Tuskegee Airman and a current Air Defense Command fighter pilot, had already enjoyed his fair share of time flying hot jets and a certain modest measure of notoriety. Two years earlier, his role flying F-51s alongside Korean War legend Dean Hess had been dramatized in the popular Universal-International feature film […]
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The AT-6 Texan — from the Cockpit

The best indication of how good a trainer the AT-6 Texan was/is can be seen by the fact that here we are forty years into the jet age and there are still countries around the world using the North America aerial classroom as first-line trainers. As recently as five years ago, major air forces still […]
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