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Vanished Hero: June Issue

Pearl Harbor – four words that could have changed the outcome – Don’t Worry about It!

P-40 Warhawks Aerial Assualt on Burma

Carrier Aviation’s Greatest Error: Landing on the wrong deck.

Magnificent Pain: The Art of the Sukhoi 31

Avro Anson Restoration Underway

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June 17th in Aviation History

June 17th in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Cedric Ernest “Spike” Howell, Australian World War I fighter ace. 1917 – In daylight, 21 Gotha bombers make Germany‘s second heavier-than-air bombing attack on England. Seven bombers attack small towns in Kent and Essex while 14 attack London. The attacks kill 162 people and injure 432. 1929 – Imperial Airways Handley Page […]
June 15th in Aviation History

June 15th in Aviation History

1910 – The world’s youngest flyer, 15-year-old Frenchman Marcel Hanriot, gets his pilot’s brevet, no. 15. 1945 – First flight of the North American F-82 Twin Mustang (prototype shown), the last American piston-engine fighter; it is based on the P-51 Mustang. 1946 – The U.S. Navy’s new Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, gives its first public performance […]

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June 12th in Aviation History

June 12th in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Henry George “Hal” Crowe, Irish World War I flying ace, who served with the Royal Air Force until the end of World War II. 1929 – First flight of the Vickers Type 143, or Bolivian Scout, a British single-seat biplane fighter designed for Bolivia. 1931 – The 40-passenger Handley Page HP-42, a […]
The Wilder Wildcat

The Wilder Wildcat

If you’ve never heard of the Grumman XF4F-8 Wildcat, don’t worry. Hardly anyone has. But it led to one of the most unappreciated fighters in history. In late 1943, with Grumman committed to building F6F Hellcats, the Navy sought another source of Wildcats and Avengers. The answer was General Motors, with large plants lying idle […]

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June 8th in Aviation History

June 8th in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub (shown), Ukrainian World War II fighter ace who also served during Korean War. 1934 – First flight of the Ryan ST, an American two-seat, low-wing monoplane. 1944 – Off Normandy, a German Heinkel He 177 badly damages the USS Meredith, a U. S. Navy destroyer; it breaks in half and sinks the […]
D-Day Fighter Pilot Accounts: Little Friends over the Beach

D-Day Fighter Pilot Accounts: Little Friends over the Beach

They must have been a sight for sore eyes to the soldiers on the beach as wave after wave of fighters, bombers, and paratrooper-stuffed transports, some towing gliders, passed overhead, all of them adorned with black and white painted stripes. The invasion was on, and many of the fighter pilots expecting a Luftwaffe slugfest were […]

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A Pilot’s View of D-Day

A Pilot’s View of D-Day

In his memoir, Lt. Col. Richard E. Turner recalled D-Day for the Ninth Air Force’s 354th Fighter Group at Maidstone, Kent. He described the “Pioneer Mustangs’” rare D-Day missions: night escort of troop carrier aircraft and gliders. Since the 25th of May, the group had been informed that it was on a six-hour alert status, […]
Airshow Debut… Yak-110

Airshow Debut… Yak-110

The much-anticipated airshow debut of the “Yak-110” (two Yak-55s plus a jet engine merged into one tri-motor aircraft) was at the Mountain Home AFB event on Sunday, 3 June 2018. The aircraft’s airshow performance was impressive to say the least. This Idaho product is set to attend the EAA AirVenture 2018 event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin […]

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June 4th in Aviation History

June 4th in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Gilbert Jean Uteau, French World War I flying ace. 1942 – The first live test of a nylon parchute is made by Adeline Gray at Brainard Field near Hartford, Conn. 1967 – Death of Zeus Soucek, record-setting U.S. Navy aviator. 1969 – Mexicana Flight 704, a Boeing 727, crashes on approach to […]
June 2nd in Aviation History

June 2nd in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of René Paul Louis Dousinelle, French World War I flying ace. 1933 – Frank Hawks flies his Northrop Gamma 2A “Sky Chief” from Los Angeles to New York in a record 13 hours, 26 minutes, and 15 seconds. 1950 – Death of Didier Masson, pioneering French aviator, barnstormer, second flier in history […]
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