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The F-15 Still going 50 Years Later

The F-15 Still going 50 Years Later

Believe it or not,the Pentagon’s new 2020 budget includes a request for eight F-15 Eagle fighters! A real testament to the fighter’s versatility nearly five decades after first its flight. The F-15 is still relevant on the modern battlefield, proving the value of continuously upgrading platforms with the latest technologies. The jet, which observers believed […]
In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

By Stan Piet By mid-August 1945, the Japanese Empire was near collapse. Months of sustained bombing and two atomic attacks had devastated its prime cities and a widening blockade was strangling its faltering war industry and starving citizens. But Tokyo’s ingrained militaristic “fight to the death culture” still held sway, and an all out invasion […]

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SPACE COAST WARBIRD AIRSHOW March 15, 16 & 17

SPACE COAST WARBIRD AIRSHOW March 15, 16 & 17

For the past 42 years, the Valiant Air Command Inc. has hosted the “Tico” Warbird Airshow, now called the “Space Coast Warbird Airshow.” The 2019 air show will feature an exceptional fast-paced flying program with a mix of historic warbirds, modern combat jets, and aerobatic teams. Friday March 15th will be our afternoon and evening show […]
March 11, On this Day in Aviation History

March 11, On this Day in Aviation History

1957: The Boeing jet airliner prototype, Model 367-80, N70700, (destined to become the Boeing 707 and KC-135 Stratotanker), made a transcontinental demonstration flight from Seattle’s Boeing Field (BFI) to Friendship National Airport (BWI), Baltimore, Maryland. The aircraft commander was Boeing’s Chief of Flight Test, Alvin Melvin (“Tex”) Johnston. Test pilots James Russell (“Jim”) Gannett and […]

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NASA’s First All-Female Spacewalk

NASA’s First All-Female Spacewalk

According to NASA’s website: “The International Space Station spacewalk, part of Expedition 59, scheduled for March 29, will include astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch, as well as Jackie Kagey as the lead EVA, or spacewalk flight controller,” reports the outlet. “The spacewalk will last around seven hours, NASA spokeswoman Kathryn Hambleton confirmed in a […]
Fairchild AT-21 Gunner

Fairchild AT-21 Gunner

The USAAF laid out a specification for a specialized bomber trainer, ordering two prototypes from Fairchild Aircraft. The XAT-13 powered by two 450 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 radial engines, emerged as a scaled down bomber with a single machine gun in the glazed nose and a top turret with twin machine guns and fitted […]

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Docks with ISS

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Docks with ISS

In a historic moment of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the company’s Crew Dragon craft successfully docked at the International Space Station on Sunday. The unmanned capsule arrived right on schedule just before 6 a.m. (ET) on March 3, 2019, following its early morning launch on Saturday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA broke the news in a […]
Silent Nightwitches of Russia

Silent Nightwitches of Russia

The Nightwitches of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, were known later as the 46th “Taman” Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, of the Soviet Air Forces. Though women were initially barred from combat, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin issued an order on October 8, 1941 to deploy three women’s air force units, including the 588th regiment. The regiment, formed by Major […]

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Boeing unveils unmanned combat jet

Boeing unveils unmanned combat jet

(Above) A model of Boeing Co.’s new unmanned, fighter-like jet, called the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, is displayed in Avalon, Australia February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jamie Freed By Jamie Freed AVALON, Australia (Reuters) – Boeing Co on Wednesday unveiled an unmanned, fighter-like jet developed in Australia and designed to fly alongside crewed aircraft in combat for […]
How the USAF Almost Brought Back the P-51 Mustang

How the USAF Almost Brought Back the P-51 Mustang

Today’s pilots are expensively trained and politically expensive to lose. A pilot lost over Serbia or Syria has major diplomatic repercussions, which is why drones are becoming the aircraft of choice. The Air Force does like its high-priced jets, and cost is a lingering issue for hundred-million-dollar aircraft like the F-35. But while a propeller-driven […]
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