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Me 163 Komet: A Brilliant Failure

Me 163 Komet: A Brilliant Failure

The Komet was not a war’s-end-crazy-idea born of desperation, as is often believed. In fact, the design began in the late 1930s, and the prototype flew in 1941. It was the hands-down winner for the crown of fastest operational aircraft of World War II, both in speed and climb. From the technological view, it included […]
America’s Few: Marine Aces of the South Pacific

America’s Few: Marine Aces of the South Pacific

Written by aviation historian Bill Yenne, “America’s Few” is a new book from Osprey Publishing that delves into the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation in World War II, following the feats of the Corps’ top-scoring aces in the skies over Guadalcanal. Marine Corps aviation began in 1915, functioning as a self-contained expeditionary force. During […]
Bad Kitty! VF-19 “Satan’s Kittens”

Bad Kitty! VF-19 “Satan’s Kittens”

VF-19 “Satan’s Kittens” Chew Up the Enemy “I had well over 1,000 hours of time in the air before I entered combat. Most of that was as an instrument instructor flying the SNJ. Instrument flying really teaches you the finer points of flying an airplane. It also makes you focus and for some reason I […]
“Test Pilot: An Extraordinary Career Testing Civil Aircraft”

“Test Pilot: An Extraordinary Career Testing Civil Aircraft”

Having flown an astonishing 400 different aircraft, as a licensed Category 1 test pilot and flight test instructor for both airplanes and helicopters, Chris Taylor is arguably one of the best qualified and widely experienced test pilots working today anywhere in the world. After obtaining his private pilot’s license at the age of just 17, […]
Stearman PT-17/N2S: The Biplane With So Many Lives

Stearman PT-17/N2S: The Biplane With So Many Lives

The PT-17 Stearman is literally the airplane that has always seemed to just be “there.” Although, it is most often thought of as the school marm that taught a generation of airmen the skills necessary to win a war, she has actually lived three distinct lives and is entering a fourth, from military trainer to […]
Evolution of the Breed – The Curtiss P-40

Evolution of the Breed – The Curtiss P-40

By the early 1930s, the Army Air Corps was no longer interested in the “ancient technology” of biplane fighters. For a very short while, the Army Air Corp thought they had the ultimate fighter on their hands. The P-40 was sleek and fast and carried an assortment of machine guns above its nose and in […]
Stallion 51: Why We Do What We Do

Stallion 51: Why We Do What We Do

On this Memorial Day, we are honored to share these poignant words from our friends at Stallion 51, explaining why they do what they do.   Memories and remembering tie us to the past and often together. As Memorial Day approaches, it is important to remember those who gave so much for the good of […]
Reno Air Races to End

Reno Air Races to End

After 60 years of thrilling pylon racing, the Reno Air Racing Association has announced that 2023 will be the final year they will host the iconic National Championship Air Races. Scheduled this year from September 13-17, the races have wowed crowds and introduced racing icons like the P-51s “Voodoo” and “Strega” and F8F “Rare Bear” […]
Aerial Refueling with a Drone

Aerial Refueling with a Drone

At 12:46 pm CT on the afternoon of June 4, 2021 pilot Lt. William “Krieger” Peabody and naval flight officer Lt. David “Poon” Babka did something no one else had done. They plugged their VX-23 F/A-18F’s refueling probe into a basket trailing from a prototype version of the U.S. Navy’s ground-breaking uncrewed tanker, the Boeing […]
AI Flies Fighter Jet for 17 Hours

AI Flies Fighter Jet for 17 Hours

As reported by CNET, artificial intelligence recently flew a jet similar to an F-16 for 17 total hours over 12 flights. The series of flights happened in December at Edwards Air Force Base in California, using an experimental plane called the X-62A Vista. The X-62A is an experimental jet based on the F-16. The jet […]
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