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Life Among the Nukes

Life Among the Nukes

By sheer coincidence, I am, at 86, one of relatively few ex-SAC members who can recall both how it was in the Strategic Air Command before General Curtis LeMay’s influence, and afterwards. It was a unique time in my life. In those days, the Strategic Air Command was a cocked fist carrying a knockout blow. […]
First Flight Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

First Flight Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

On 14 October 1938, Curtiss test pilot Edward Elliott flew the prototype XP-40 on its first flight in Buffalo, NY. The XP-40 was the 10th production Curtiss P-36 Hawk, with its Pratt & Whitney R-1830 (Twin Wasp) 14-cylinder air-cooled radial engine replaced by a liquid-cooled, supercharged Allison v-1710 V-12 engine. The first prototype placed the […]

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What if WW II had lasted two more years?

What if WW II had lasted two more years?

Gott mit uns. It was imprinted on the buckle of every German soldier: “God with us.” And so it seemed that day in 1946. From the abyss of disaster in late 1944, the Third Reich won a seemingly heaven-sent reprieve in the wake of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s assassination. With Russia descending into civil war, […]
History: First President to Fly

History: First President to Fly

Roosevelt Wasted No Time Being the First Prez to Fly The very name of Theodore Roosevelt brings up an image of a man of limitless energy, always seeking new adventures. In 1910, he added another one to his list when he flew in an airplane. Roosevelt started life as a sickly child, but he didn’t […]

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Rare WW II film: Luftwaffe Aircraft and Ground Crew

Rare WW II film: Luftwaffe Aircraft and Ground Crew

Here’s something you don’t see every day. I taste of the WW II front lines from the Luftwaffe’s point of view. This rare WW II German film (with audio), showis Luftwaffe Stukas, Ju 88 s, Bf 109 s, Bf 110 s in aerial action. Also included German ground crew fueling Stuka dive bombers, as well […]
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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Classics: Curtiss B-2

Classics: Curtiss B-2

Before the Gooney Bird, there was the Condor By Joe Gertler The T-32 design originally focused on The Condor as a twin-engine biplane, bomber, ambulance and troop transport. It was first flown in 1933. Curtiss Company blueprints and reports showed the Condor with its many machine gun ports in the nose, and on the top […]
History: Eddie Rickenbacker

History: Eddie Rickenbacker

On this day in history, October 8, 1890, Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (“Captain Eddie”), was born. He grew up in a poor immigrant family in Columbus, Ohio, and left school at thirteen to work when his father died. He learned engineering through correspondence courses. He drove in four Indianapolis 500 races before 1917, became America’s “Ace […]

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North American Aircraft’s B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber

North American Aircraft’s B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber

Named in honor of Major General William “Billy” Mitchell, the pioneer of U.S. military aviation, the North American Aircraft B-25 Mitchell medium bomber was used by many Allied air forces. The B-25 served in every theater of World War II and after the war ended many remained in service, operating in several civilian occupations for […]
Grumman’s Mighty Avenger

Grumman’s Mighty Avenger

This impressive Grumman TBM-3E Avenger is based at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY. The museum is located at the Republic Airport. The Avenger entered U.S. service in 1942, and first saw action during the Battle of Midway. Despite the loss of five of the six Avengers on its combat debut, it […]
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