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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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“Rosie the Rocketer” Restored

“Rosie the Rocketer” Restored

“Rosie the Rocketer” has a new lease on life after Colin Powers spent a year and a half restoring the Piper L-4H in his garage. “It’s been an honor to do this airplane for the family of Major Carpenter,” Powers, 84, said. “I’m very happy the way it turned out.” The WW II recon aircraft […]
WW II Victory Commemoration Flyover in D.C.

WW II Victory Commemoration Flyover in D.C.

On Sept. 25, 2020, approximately 70 vintage aircraft will take to the skies over Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The Arsenal of Democracy (AOD) Flyover will feature historically sequenced formations representing the war’s major battles – from the Battle of Britain through the final air assault on Japan. […]

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5 Top Battle of Britain Films

5 Top Battle of Britain Films

The best of the literally dozens of Battle of Britain-themed feature and television dramatizations produced over the years mostly begin and end, not surprisingly, with the British—with, perhaps, an exception here or there. The best of the Battle of Britain air dramatizations then include the following: Pictured above: There was no shortage of Spanish-built Messerschmitts […]
Korean War: U.S. vs. Soviet Jets

Korean War: U.S. vs. Soviet Jets

In the afternoon of November 18, 1952 four sleek jets painted an inky navy blue soared off the deck of the carrier USS Oriskany into a swirling Siberian snow storm gusting over the Sea of Japan. The carrier was part of Task Force 77, a fleet of twenty-five ships which included three carriers used to […]

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US Bombers in the News

US Bombers in the News

Since late January, American B-1B and B-52 bombers, usually operating in pairs, have flown about 20 missions over key waterways, including the South China Sea, the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan, according to accounts of these flights from U.S. Air Force statements and official social media posts. (Above) A pair of B-1B […]
P-61 Black Widow Restoration

P-61 Black Widow Restoration

On January 10, 1945, a P-61 Black Widow night fighter crashed into the slopes of Mount Cyclops on the island of New Guinea. Forty years later, a team from the Mid Atlantic Air Museum set out to recover the wreckage and restore the rare aircraft to its original flying condition.  Here, The Mid Atlantic Air […]

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F-35 Lightning II

F-35 Lightning II

The Future is here! The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multi-role combat aircraft is designed to perform both air superiority and strike missions. It can also provide electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. Lockheed Martin, the prime F-35 contractor, with partners Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, produces the aircraft […]
Ground Pounding Skyraider

Ground Pounding Skyraider

The single engine, piston-driven Skyraider was designed during World War II to meet United States Navy requirements for a carrier-based, single-seat, long-range, high performance dive/torpedo bomber, to replace earlier types such as the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver and Grumman TBF Avenger. Designed by Ed Heinemann of the Douglas Aircraft Company, prototypes were ordered on July 6, […]

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FAI Record F-86D Sabre

FAI Record F-86D Sabre

On this day, September 2, 1953, Colonel J. Stanley Holtoner, USAF, flew a production North American Aviation F-86D-35-NA Sabre, serial number 51-6168, to a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Speed Record over a 100 kilometer course at Vandalia, Ohio, averaging 690.188mph. Colonel Holtoner was the commanding officer of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards […]
Massive Collection of NAA Aircraft Drawings Saved!

Massive Collection of NAA Aircraft Drawings Saved!

Recently AirCorps Aviation of Bemidji of Minnesota announced that they acquired a massive treasure trove of original manufacturing drawings for North American Aviation (NAA) covering types such as the P-51 Mustang, AT-6 Texan, B-25 Mitchell bomber and the P-82 Twin Mustang. This  remarkable development is due to a lone NAA engineer named Ken Jungeberg who, […]
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