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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

F8 Wings Folded

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June 23rd in Aviation History

June 23rd in Aviation History

1904 – Birth  of Alberto Ferrario, Italian aviator. 1924 – U. S. Army Lt. Russell Maughan makes the first one-day crossing of the U.S., completing the flight from Long Island to San Francisco in a Curtiss PW-8 (XPW-8B prototype shown) in 21 hours, 48 min. 1942 – First flight of the Martin JRM Mars, a large, four-engined cargo seaplane originally designed and built in limited numbers for the U.S. Navy […]
In Theater: The Glorious Gooney

In Theater: The Glorious Gooney

 The backbone of the initial Allied assault against Erwin Rommel’s Atlantic Wall was the unsung heroes of the AAF’s Troop Carrier Command. Evolving from the pre-war Air Service & Ferrying Command, a specific need for the Army’s expanding parachute units led to the division of the now AAF’s transport units into the more commonly recognized […]

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June 19th in Aviation History

June 19th in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Sidney Joseph “Jack” Cottle, British World War I fighter ace who served with the Royal Air Force through 1944. 1912 – The RFC’s Central Flying School opens at Upavon, Wiltshire, in South West England. 1942 – First flight of the SAAB 18 (shown), Swedish twin-engine bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. 1945 – More than 480 Boeing […]
Battle of Britian – Pivotal Tactics

Battle of Britian – Pivotal Tactics

In the classic 1969 movie The Battle of Britain, Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding (Sir Lawrence Olivier) reviews the impending clash with a cabinet minister. After an unsatisfactory discussion, the minister exasperates, “So I tell the cabinet that you’re trusting in radar and praying to God?” Dowding retorts, “More the other way around. I’m trusting […]

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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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