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Land Now! 9/11 – An Anniversary Worth Remembering

Land Now! 9/11 – An Anniversary Worth Remembering

We at Flight Journal consider it to be an honor to present stories of those who were directly involved in the events of 9/11 as pilots or flight crew. This is yet another view of the event that has shaped our present and our future. “Our plane has been hijacked. Flight attendant #1 stabbed. Flight […]
Lieutenant Junior Grade William Thomas Patton recounts his MiG kill with his wingman in front of his Skyraider.

Jets vs. Props

Propeller-driven aircraft engaging jet fighters in combat seems highly unlikely, but is surprisingly more common in the history of aerial warfare than one would think. With the dawn of the jet age in the waning days of World War Two and its rapid expansion throughout the Cold War, prop and jet fighters experienced a substantial […]

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Reno Air Race Memories

Reno Air Race Memories

Back in 1991, my friend Jim McRae and I decided to drive from Vancouver to Reno to see the 28th National Championship Air Races and the associated air show. The races featured many well-known pilots, three time winner Lyle Shelton in Rare Bear, Bill Destefani in Strega and Skip Holm in Tsunami. A totally new […]
Enter today for a chance to fly in a P-51!

Enter today for a chance to fly in a P-51!

This is your chance to fly in the same type of aircraft as some of our First Flight Society Honorees such as the “Red Tail” Tuskegee airmen, including General Benjamin Davis, USAF and Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, USAF, as well as such other famous flyer Honorees as Col. Jacqueline Cochran, USAF (Former WASP), Maj. Gen. […]

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Save the Original Spitfire Flight Shed

Save the Original Spitfire Flight Shed

Add your name to this important petition from the Spitfire Makers Charitable Trust: The original home of the iconic Spitfire, next to the airfield from where it first flew, escaped war time bombing but is now under threat of demolition. Amazingly, the “Flight Shed” aircraft hangar where thousands of Southampton-built Supermarine Spitfires were taken for final testing, remains […]
B-25 Flight Training

B-25 Flight Training

The ultimate bragging rights for any pilot! Delaware Aviation Museum foundation (DAMF) is the home of the WW II B-25, Panchito and several other iconic warbirds. Panchito’s owner and the founder of DAMF, Larry Kelley, has gone the extra mile by developing and offering a program that offers not only the opportunity to fly a […]

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Hellcat at Work – free wallpaper!

Hellcat at Work – free wallpaper!

The mighty Grumman F6F Hellcat needs no introduction. It carried the fight to the enemy throughout the Pacific and emerged as the most successful fighter of the Pacific Theater of Operations. More important, it was the airplane that could be counted on to bring a pilot home almost regardless of the amount of damage it […]
Airbus’ Cryogenic Electric Propulsion

Airbus’ Cryogenic Electric Propulsion

Airbus is evaluating cryogenically-cooled super-efficient electric power systems in its ASCEND program to boost performance and power density of electric propulsion in large scale, low-emission aircraft. ASCEND’s ground testing includes a 500 KW powertrain made up of superconducting cables, a cryogenically cooled motor control unit and a superconducting motor. This complements other research on use […]

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Russian & Chinese Stealth Fighters

Russian & Chinese Stealth Fighters

Russia and China are producing stealth fighters, but how good are they? A recent Forbes commentary is illuminating. China’s Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon has been described as the first credible operational fifth-generation stealth fighter designed outside the U.S. The 2017 photo at the top shows China’s domestically built J-20, courtesy of XINHUA News Agency via […]
Grumman TBF Avenger – WW II Torpedo Bomber

Grumman TBF Avenger – WW II Torpedo Bomber

Entering service in 1942, the Grumman TBF Avenger first saw action during the Battle of Midway. Developed by Grumman for the US Navy and Marine Corp, the torpedo bomber, was also used by several allied air and naval services. The Avenger’s crew members included the pilot, a turret gunner and a radioman/bombardier/ventral gunner. For armament, […]
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