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Bad Kitty! VF-19 “Satan’s Kittens”

WW II Pilot Bernie Sledzick – Little Guy in a Big Airplane

WWII Heritage Days

Mustangs at Heart

Warbirds – A Personal History

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Martin B-26 Marauder

Martin B-26 Marauder

A twin-engined medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company from 1941 to 1945, the B-26 Marauder first flew on 25 November 1940 piloted by Martin test pilot William Kenneth Ebel, co-pilot Ed Fenimore and flight engineer Al Malewski. The B-26 was first used in the Pacific Theater of World War II in early […]
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 […]

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Grumman’s AF Guardian

Grumman’s AF Guardian

The story behind the avenger’s replacement By mid-1944 the U.S. Navy knew that it would take much longer than previously thought for the Allies to win WW II. The Japanese were still putting up very stiff resistance to the American demand for complete capitulation. Thus, it was expected that an invasion of Japan in late […]
November 24, Convair XC-99

November 24, Convair XC-99

The Convair XC-99 was the largest piston-engined land-based transport aircraft ever built, and was developed from the Convair B-36 Peacemaker bomber, sharing the wings and some other structures with it. The first flight was on 24 November 1947 in San Diego, CA, and after testing it was delivered to the Air Force on 26 May […]

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A Boomer’s Point of View

A Boomer’s Point of View

In the U.S. Air Force (USAF), a boom operator (Boomer), is an aircrew member aboard a tanker aircraft who is responsible for safely and effectively transferring aviation fuel from one military aircraft (the tanker) to another (the receiver), during flight (known as aerial refueling, air refueling, in-flight refueling, air-to-air refueling, and tanking). The name boom […]
Republic F-84G Thunderjet

Republic F-84G Thunderjet

Intended as a replacement for the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, the F-84 Thunderjet was a turbojet fighter-bomber aircraft. Originating as a 1944 USAAF proposed “day fighter”,  the F-84 first flew in 1946 and it entered service in 1947. Initially, the Thunderjet was plagued with so many structural and engine problems that in 1948, the U.S. Air […]

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Grumman Avenger Quiz

Grumman Avenger Quiz

5 things you might not know about Grumman’s famous Torpedo Bomber. The Grumman TBF Avenger, (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors),  is an American torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and eventually used by several air and naval aviation services around the world. The Avenger entered U.S. […]
On this Day in Aviation History – Boeing XP-9

On this Day in Aviation History – Boeing XP-9

1930 The Boeing XP-9 monoplane fighter makes its first flight in Dayton, Ohio. The Boeing XP-9 (company Model 96) was the first monoplane fighter aircraft produced by the United States aircraft manufacturing company Boeing. It incorporated sophisticated structural refinements that were influential in later Boeing designs. Designed in 1928 to meet the requirements of a […]

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Veterans Day and Me: A Personal Essay

Veterans Day and Me: A Personal Essay

Although Veterans Day has the stated purpose of remembering the vets and those in uniform, in reality it means different things to different people. For some it is the half-off sales that surround us. For me, it reminds me of one of those could-of-should-ofs that will always haunt me: I never served in the armed […]
North American B-45C (S/N 48-001) in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Tuesday Tornado

Manufactured by North American Aviation aircraft company (the maker of the P-51 Mustang and B-25 Mitchell), the B-45 Tornado was an early American jet-powered bomber. It has the distinction of being the first operational jet bomber to enter service with the United States Air Force (USAF), as well as being the first multiengine jet bomber […]
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