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Mustangs At Heart

Mustangs At Heart

It’s no secret that the P-51 Mustang and the Ford Mustang share a special bond; after all, the car was named after the airplane. The P-51 was arguably the most successful fighter aircraft of the Second World War, dominating in the European theater and making a large end of the war contribution in the Pacific. […]
Buzz, after  deploying both the east and west solar panels on the seismometer. In the background, we can see the LM, the LRRR, the U.S. flag, and the TV camera.

50 Years Ago Today

On July 20, 1969,  Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on another world, famously marking the moment with the phrase: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” The feat was made possible after years of development and months of testing. While Command Module Pilot Michael […]

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Friday Fighter: Bf 109G

Friday Fighter: Bf 109G

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the point of the spear for the German fighter force in World War II. It was mostly unchallenged until it faced the Supermarine Spitfire. With an excellent kill ratio, it was difficult to fly, though, and nearly one-third were lost in accidents. Shown here is the Bf 109G (“Gustav”) version […]
Thursday Thunderbolts: 56th FG Jugs

Thursday Thunderbolts: 56th FG Jugs

By Stan Piet As the long-lived Thunderbolt group in the ETO, the 56th FG certainly sported some of the most varied camouflage plus squadron and individual markings in England. Upon arrival at Kings Cliffe in January 1943, its first combat-ready P-47C models bore a factory-standard olive drab over neutral gray livery. As the Thunderbolt was […]

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Wednesday Warbird: Grumman’s F6F Hellcat

Wednesday Warbird: Grumman’s F6F Hellcat

by Budd Davisson Okay, so we’ll admit it: just about every successful fighter of WWII was sleeker and sexier than a Hellcat. However, when it comes to fighters, “beauty is in the doing” and the Hellcat could do it. In spades! In terms of what it contributed to victory, it was the uncontested King of […]
Tuesday’s Torpedo/Bombers Grumman Avenger

Tuesday’s Torpedo/Bombers Grumman 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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Lee Lauderback Sets a Record

Lee Lauderback Sets a Record

“I think the thing I like most about my time with the Mustang has been the people I’ve met through it.” The speaker is Lee Lauderback, founder/owner of Stallion 51, the longtime Mustang check-out haven in Kissimmee, Florida. He recently had a good week in which he logged his 10,000th hour in the P-51D and […]
Warbirds – A Personal  History

Warbirds – A Personal History

My own interest in warbirds goes back to the BT-13 my father bought and parked in front of his store to draw in customers; that was when I was six years old. Other kids had jungle gyms to climb on—I had a BT-13, and surplus airplanes were everywhere. On our semimonthly trip to visit my […]

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Monday Mustang

Monday Mustang

One thing we often forget is that war is always fought by kids and, in the case of WW II aviators, that meant they were also extremely inexperienced. When I flew my first fighter, which happened to be the Mustang, I was 29 years old and had nearly 2,500 hours of flight time in a […]
The Wings Club Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award

The Wings Club Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award

The Wings Club Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas (“Tom”) Enders, Chief Executive Officer, Retired, Airbus SE, is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award. Acknowledging outstanding accomplishments in the field of aviation, President David Davenport, will present the Wings Club Foundation award on October 18, 2019, at the 77th Annual […]
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