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P-51 Mustang: John Landers and “Big Beautiful Doll”

Magnificent Pain: The Art of the Sukhoi 31

F/A-18 Hornet: a Dynasty in the Making

Treasures from the Deep — The USS Lexington gives up its Secrets

he A-10 Warthog Has No Warts

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Fighter Pilot: The Hero Comes of Age

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50 Years Ago Today — Apollo 6, second unmanned test flight of Saturn V

Saturn V flies into the skies during the launch of Apollo 6, the second unmanned test flight of the Saturn V rocket, 50 years ago today. NASA caption: “The five F-1 engines of the huge Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle’s first (S-IC) stage leave a gigantic trail of flame in the sky above the Kennedy Space […]
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New Electric-Powered Airplane Race Class is a go!

Air racing is set to be revolutionized with plans for the world’s first all-electric-powered airplane race. Leading companies in electric aviation manufacturing are being invited to tender to become a founding technical partner of the new motorsport series, Air Race E. The series will be run by Air Race Events and led by world-leading air […]

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April 2. On this Day in Aviation History

April 2. On this Day in Aviation History

1987 – A Royal Air Force Vickers VC-10 lands in Perth 16 hours and 1 minute after leaving England, setting a new UK-Australia speed record.   1986 – A bomb explodes onboard TWA Flight 840, a Boeing 727-200 (N54340) flying from Rome to Athens. Four people are ejected from the plane and killed, and nine […]
April 2, 1942 — The Response begins — USS Hornet Leaves Port on this Day

April 2, 1942 — The Response begins — USS Hornet Leaves Port on this Day

Apr 02, 1942 — The aircraft carrier, the USS Hornet quietly departs San Francisco with Lt. Col. James Doolittle and his 16 US Army B-25 Mitchell bombers on board. This bombing mission was in response to the Japanese sneak attach on Peril Harbor on December 7, 1941. The now famous Tokyo Raid took place on […]

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March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day

March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day

On this day in 1973, the last combat troops  left Vietnam. While the conflict officially ended on April 30, 1975, Americans commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29. The day acknowledges the 2.7 million Americans who served in Vietnam, the 304,000 who were wounded and the 58,000 who were killed during the war. […]

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Happy Birthday Strategic Air Command! March 21, 1946

Happy Birthday Strategic Air Command! March 21, 1946

The Strategic Air Command (SAC) was both a major command in the United States Air Force and a “specified command” in the United States Department of Defense. SAC was the operational establishment in charge of America’s land-based strategic bomber aircraft and land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) strategic nuclear arsenal from 1946 to 1992. SAC also […]

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Magnificent Pain: The Art of the Sukhoi 31

Magnificent Pain: The Art of the Sukhoi 31

The world of serious, unlimited aerobatics, as seen from the inside is primarily one of grunts and groans and the never ending search for better and better machines capable of illiciting said grunts and groans. Standing at the head of the search for aerobatic excellence is the Sukhoi design bureau in Moscow. For nearly thirty […]
Fighter of the Week: the Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Fighter of the Week: the Lockheed P-38 Lightning

A WW II-era American piston-engined fighter aircraft, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning was developed for the United States Army Air Corps. It had distinctive twin tail booms and a central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. The P-38 was used for interception, dive bombing, level bombing, ground attack, night fighting, photo reconnaissance, and escort missions for […]
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