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History: First President to Fly

History: First President to Fly

Roosevelt Wasted No Time Being the First Prez to Fly The very name of Theodore Roosevelt brings up an image of a man of limitless energy, always seeking new adventures. In 1910, he added another one to his list when he flew in an airplane. Roosevelt started life as a sickly child, but he didn’t […]
Labor Day Tribute – Rosie the Riveter

Labor Day Tribute – Rosie the Riveter

I have read about and seen many images about “Rosie the Riveter,” but my story is unique. I was a model with a rivet gun who worked at a factory, and my husband really did fly the very planes that I was advertising to encourage women to build during WW II. In 1942, I was […]

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The Luftwaffe’s Femmes Fatales

The Luftwaffe’s Femmes Fatales

Hitler and his Luftwaffe don’t have the kind of image that would brighten a feminist’s day. Even so, if today’s public is asked to name German test pilots, the only two names likely to be uttered would be Hanna Reitsch and Melitta Schiller/von Stauffenberg. From debugging piloted buzz bombs and making heroic rescue flights to […]
Jim Howard: One-Man Air Force

Jim Howard: One-Man Air Force

by Barrett Tillman It really was possible to be lonely in a crowd. His was the only Mustang in a crowd of Messerschmitts and Focke-Wulfs. Minutes previously, he had had been leading the 356th Fighter Squadron; now he was the lone defender of a box of heavy bombers deep in German airspace. On January 11, […]

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Pilot Harry Atwood: Aerial P. T. Barnum

Pilot Harry Atwood: Aerial P. T. Barnum

The airplane had barely been invented when the daring new breed of men known as “pilots” began stretching the airplane’s purpose and the public’s imagination. Appa­rently seeking a place in the public’s eye, they began trying to outdo one another in distance and speed. Harry Atwood, of Boston, Massachusetts, took a slightly different tact, however. […]
The Last Doolittle Raider is Still Going Strong – Aviation History News

The Last Doolittle Raider is Still Going Strong – Aviation History News

At 101 years of age, Lt. Col. Richard Cole (USAF, retired) is still a man with a mission. The last survivor of the 80 officers and enlisted men who followed then Col. Jimmy Doolittle off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet for the first air raid against Japan on April 18, 1942, Cole’s […]

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Happy Birthday Chuck Yeager

Happy Birthday Chuck Yeager

Now 94, Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager was born February 13, 1923 and is a retired Major General of the United States Air Force. A noted test pilot, he was the first pilot to travel faster than sound (1947). Originally retiring in 1975 as a Brigadier General, Yeager was promoted to Major General while on the Air Force’s […]
WW II Military and Aviation History Cartoonist: Milton Caniff

WW II Military and Aviation History Cartoonist: Milton Caniff

Milton Caniff never served in the military, but, his spirit was on virtually every battlefield of WW II. His artwork on the nose of fighters and bombers and in thousands of military papers touched those in combat in ways nothing else could.     Born in 1907, Caniff moved from Ohio to New York in […]

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WW II Spitfire Pilot: Teenage Geoff Wellum relates his adventures

WW II Spitfire Pilot: Teenage Geoff Wellum relates his adventures

One of the “Few” Remembers. The mood was, “We’ll have a go at you.” You didn’t allow yourself to dwell on the losses, or the seriousness of the situation. You had tomorrow morning to look to. You made a resolve to do the best you could. The thought of defeat never entered our heads. Nobody […]
Neil Armstrong 1930-2012

Neil Armstrong 1930-2012

For all practical purposes, the simple statement Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012, would be sufficient information to key the memories of millions of people about one of America’s greatest heroes. Armstrong was a man who avoided publicity and sought instead to focus on how to best use of his talents. To the general public, he became by […]
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