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The Army’s Glider Waco CG-4A

The Army’s Glider Waco CG-4A

The Waco CG-4A was the most widely used American troop/cargo military glider of World War II. It was designated the CG-4A by the United States Army Air Forces, and named Hadrian (after the Roman emperor) in British military service. Designed by the Waco Aircraft Company, flight testing began in May 1942, and eventually more than […]
January 11: On this Day in Aviation History

January 11: On this Day in Aviation History

1988 – The death of Gregory “Pappy” Boyington. Born on December 4, 1912 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Boyington began his military flying career as an aviation cadet in the US Marine Corps Reserve before resigning his commission to fly with the American Volunteer Group , better known as the Flying Tigers, fighting for Nationalist China against […]

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January 10 On this Day in Aviation History

January 10 On this Day in Aviation History

1964 – A Boeing B-52H Stratofortess has its vertical stabilizer sheared off by turbulence but lands safely. The B-52H on loan from the US Air Force and flying with a 4-man civilian crew, was on a test mission to record sensor data for high speed, low altitude flight. Over New Mexico’s Sangre de Christo mountains, […]
The Marvelous Gooney Bird: Douglas DC-3/C-47

The Marvelous Gooney Bird: Douglas DC-3/C-47

It could be argued that modern air transportation began in 1931 with the tragic death of Knute Rockne, the much-loved Notre Dame football coach. A national figure of legendary status, his death in a Fokker Tri-motor airliner touched off a national furor to upgrade airline transportation. The airlines responded immediately with frantic demands to the […]

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Own your own B-24 Liberator — “Giant Scale RC Witchcraft”

Own your own B-24 Liberator — “Giant Scale RC Witchcraft”

The B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber, named “Witchcraft” is part of the Collings Foundation collection of beautifully restored WW II aircraft, and is the only flying example of the type. It is the last Liberator and the Collings Foundation uses it as an education platform to keep the memories of those lost in WW II alive. […]
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Stallion 51 Pays It Forward

Stallion 51 Corporation has been in the business of sharing the cockpit of their dual control Mustang for over 30 years.  During those decades thousands of people have experienced the elegance and grace of the quintessential WWII fighter.  Some have come to fly in the aircraft their grandfather or grandmother flew or the aircraft they […]

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

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

Back then, junior year of high school should have been filled with coming-of-age memories, football pep rallies, and homecoming dances. Visiting colleges, choosing high-school sweethearts, and exploring possible careers should have been in the thoughts of soon-to-be seniors. Pearl Harbor changed all that. The very real world war and deciding to fight his country’s enemies […]
Grumman Avenger Quiz

Grumman Avenger Quiz

5 things you might not know about Grumman’s famous Torpedo Bomber. The Grumman TBF Avenger, (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors),  is an American torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and eventually used by several air and naval aviation services around the world. The Avenger entered U.S. […]

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Air Apaches

Air Apaches

Brave Little Indians The 345th Bomb Group (BG) was first acti­vated at Columbia Army Air Base, South Carolina, in November 1942 and was christened the “Air Apaches.” As a B-25 bomber group, it was broken into four squadrons: the 498th, known as the “Falcons”; the 499th, “Bats Outa Hell”; the 500th, “Rough Raiders”; and the […]
Burma Banshees

Burma Banshees

The 90th Fighter Squadron in the CBI In the beginning of June 1944, while the 90th Fighter Squadron was based at Moran in India, the unit started to receive brand-new P-47s to replace its tired and obsolescent P-40Ns decorated with a painted skull on their hoods. On June 8, Lt. Col. Albert L. Evans Jr. […]
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