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Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 – Free Wallpaper

Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 – Free Wallpaper

The Battle of Britain is one of the more pivotal events in the 20th century. If England had fallen, the remaining Allies would have had no place to base all of the subsequent military actions. In recognition of that, here is a screen saver of a Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4. Although the “F” model barely made […]
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 […]

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The Tomahawk Cruise Missile:  Subsonic Long-range, all-weather weapon

The Tomahawk Cruise Missile: Subsonic Long-range, all-weather weapon

Named after the Tomahawk, a one-handed axe used as a tool and a weapon by pre-contact Native Americans, the Tomahawk is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile. Introduced by McDonnell Douglas in the 1970s, it was initially designed as a medium to long-range, low-altitude missile that could be launched from a surface platform. It has […]
Fly in B-25 “Panchito”!

Fly in B-25 “Panchito”!

Ever dream of flying in an authentic WW II bomber? Now is your chance to take a flight in the B-25 Mitchell Bomber, “Panchito.” You can experience aviation history in flight at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (4140 Aviation Dr., Kissimmee, FL 34741) on Sunday, April 10th. Call 443-458-8926 to reserve your seat to experience the […]

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A Tale of Two Mules

A Tale of Two Mules

It has been said that an Army travels on its stomach—and depends on its ammo. This is another way of saying that, although the Quartermaster Corps is probably the most mundane and unheralded segment of any military, it should share top billing with the most elite of the frontline combat troops. If the Quartermaster Corps […]
Brunner-Winkle Bird Model A Biplane

Brunner-Winkle Bird Model A Biplane

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… No wait, it’s a Bird Biplane. In 1929, Brunner-Winkle had a hit with their Bird model-A biplane, but by the end of the 1920s, even the seemingly inexhaustible supply of surplus Curtiss OX-5 engines had begun to dry up. Airframe manufacturers were scrambling to find new engines, and at […]

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Steve Hinton is a fixture in the world of warbirds, performing at air shows around the world for more than 35 years in 150 different types of aircraft.

Steve Hinton is a fixture in the world of warbirds, performing at air shows around the world for more than 35 years in 150 different types of aircraft. (Photo courtesy AFHFF)

Steve Hinton’s Super Bowl Flyover

Steve Hinton of the Air Force Heritage Flight program flew the P-51 during the Super Bowl’s historic Heritage Flight celebrating the U.S. Air Force’s 80th anniversary. From restoring and rebuilding more than 40 vintage aircraft, to Hollywood blockbusters, and the upcoming Super Bowl LVI flyover in Los Angeles, he has cemented his legacy in the […]
“The Return of the Hurricane” [VIDEO]

“The Return of the Hurricane” [VIDEO]

A 21-year-old video documentary detailing the restoration and eventual return to airworthiness of Sir Tim Wallis’ Second World War Hawker Hurricane warbird, has been located and resurrected from near extinction by the Historical Aviation Film Unit (HAFU). The aircraft, Hurricane P3351, was built in early 1940 and during the summer of that year saw action […]

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Sun ‘n Fun: April 5-10

Sun ‘n Fun: April 5-10

Pilots worldwide are planning their flights and revving their engines. Their course is set with one destination in mind: SUN ‘n FUN at Lakeland Linder International Airport located in sunny Lakeland, Florida! As the aviation community comes together April 5th through the 10th, we encourage you to join them, pack your pilot bag, and for […]
Mustang Ace of Aces

Mustang Ace of Aces

P-40s in the Pacific When the U.S. entered WW II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, George Preddy was completing his flying training with the USAAF at Elgin Field, Florida. He graduated as a qualified pilot five days later. He was assigned to the 9th Pursuit Squadron of the 49th Pursuit […]
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