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Tuesday Turboprop: The Piper PA-48 Enforcer

Tuesday Turboprop: The Piper PA-48 Enforcer

Today’s pilots are expensively trained and politically expensive to lose. A pilot lost over Serbia or Syria has major diplomatic repercussions, which is why drones are becoming the aircraft of choice. The Air Force does like its high-priced jets, and cost is a lingering issue for hundred-million-dollar aircraft like the F-35. But while a propeller-driven […]
Monday Multi-Wing S.E.5a Scout

Monday Multi-Wing S.E.5a Scout

by Budd Davisson When World War One broke out in 1914, the airplane was barely eleven years old and was nothing more than a plodding, noisy kite barely more dangerous than an observation balloon. As a weapon, it was difficult to take seriously. Four short years later it had been transformed into a multi-dimensional weapon […]

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A P-40 Fighter Pilot’s Inspiration: six year old Georgie Boy

A P-40 Fighter Pilot’s Inspiration: six year old Georgie Boy

The “greatest generation” as a whole did not need a reason to fight. Provoked by a ferocious Axis that threatened to enslave the world, hundreds and thousands of young men answered the call to arms.  Preserving freedom, peace and security for future generations were the primary reason men signed up for service. Others saw it […]
Friday Fighter: Grumman’s F6F Hellcat

Friday Fighter: Grumman’s F6F Hellcat

by Budd Davisson Okay, so we’ll admit it: just about every successful fighter of WWII was sleeker and sexier than a Hellcat. However, when it comes to fighters, “beauty is in the doing” and the Hellcat could do it. In spades! In terms of what it contributed to victory, it was the uncontested King of […]

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Thursday Torpedo/Bombers Grumman Avenger

Thursday Torpedo/Bombers Grumman Avenger

This impressive Grumman TBM-3E Avenger is based at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY. The museum is located at the Republic Airport. The Avenger entered U.S. service in 1942, and first saw action during the Battle of Midway. Despite the loss of five of the six Avengers on its combat debut, it […]
Flying High in a Texan

Flying High in a Texan

This past weekend editor Gerry Yarrish flew backseat with Nick Ziroli Jr., during a formation flight training mission over Long Island Sound. Based at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, both Texans performed several tight maneuvers over the sound. Gerry says it was the experience of a lifetime.

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Multi-Engine Monday: B-25 Mitchells over the Mediterranean

Multi-Engine Monday: B-25 Mitchells over the Mediterranean

Wavetop warfare: Skip-bombing and Big Guns When the North American NA-62, officially dubbed B-25, first flew in August of 1940, it was less than a roaring success. The UK and France had just chosen the smaller Douglas DB-7 Boston (A-20 Havoc) attack bomber over the North American design. However, in the years leading up to […]
Friday Fighter: Bf 109G

Friday Fighter: Bf 109G

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the point of the spear for the German fighter force in World War II. It was mostly unchallenged until it faced the Supermarine Spitfire. With an excellent kill ratio, it was difficult to fly, though, and nearly one-third were lost in accidents. Shown here is the Bf 109G (“Gustav”) version […]

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Thursday Thunderbolts: 56th FG Jugs

Thursday Thunderbolts: 56th FG Jugs

By Stan Piet As the long-lived Thunderbolt group in the ETO, the 56th FG certainly sported some of the most varied camouflage plus squadron and individual markings in England. Upon arrival at Kings Cliffe in January 1943, its first combat-ready P-47C models bore a factory-standard olive drab over neutral gray livery. As the Thunderbolt was […]
Lee Lauderback Receives 2019 Bob Hoover Award

Lee Lauderback Receives 2019 Bob Hoover Award

After a storied career preserving, flying, and caring for one of the world’s most iconic aircraft, the P-51 Mustang, Stallion 51, Boss Lee (Mr. Mustang) Lauderback has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Bob Hoover Award of Aviation Excellence. The Award is intended to shine a spotlight on those who are doing outstanding […]
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