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Vanished Hero: June Issue

Pearl Harbor – four words that could have changed the outcome – Don’t Worry about It!

P-40 Warhawks Aerial Assualt on Burma

Carrier Aviation’s Greatest Error: Landing on the wrong deck.

Magnificent Pain: The Art of the Sukhoi 31

Avro Anson Restoration Underway

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Rudolf Božík, Slovak World War II flying ace who served on the Eastern Front with the Axis forces. 1935 – The Bell Aircraft Co. is formed. 1940 – The preliminary phase of the Battle of Britain, the Kanalkampf or Channel battle, begins with German aerial attacks on convoys in the English […]
F8 Wings Folded

F8 Wings Folded

On January 22, 1968, I was a young LTJG at Miramar, attached to Navy Fighter Squadron VF-53 preparing for a deployment to Vietnam aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard. As a final part of the pre-deployment regimen, all pilots were briefed to fly [ FMLP ] Field Mirror Landing Practice about 2100 that night. This was our last chance […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of William Edwin Jenkins, British World War I flying ace. 1910 – Walter Brookins attains an altitude of 6,175 feet in a Wright biplane, becoming the first to fly a mile high and wins a prize of $5,000 for his feat. 1933 – Flying their Lockheed Sirius “Tingmissartoq” (shown), built in 1929 and […]
July 7th in Aviation History

July 7th in Aviation History

1911 – French Lieutenant de Vaisseau Jean Louis Conneau (pseudonym André Beaumont) wins the Circuit of Europe air race in a Blériot XI monoplane. 1921 – First flight of the Fairey Pintail (shown), a British single-engine floatplane fighter. 1960 – Birth of Kevin Anthony Ford, U.S. Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut. 1962 – Alitalia Flight 771, a Douglas DC-8, hits high terrain while […]

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The Fourth of July: Celebrating The Original “Greatest Generation”

The Fourth of July: Celebrating The Original “Greatest Generation”

To most, the Fourth of July is a montage of red-white-and-blue images: warm days, fireworks, patriotic words, barbeques and bright and hopeful celebrations. Only a few remember the men behind the day. Only a few celebrate the real “Greatest Generation.” I’m not the first to recognize that the much-heralded WW II vets are definitely not […]
Fourth of July: The Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Fourth of July: The Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Eleven score and nineteen years ago, our great, great, great, great, great, great. great grandfathers put their butts on the line to create a new nation and, to follow Abe’s words more precisely, the new nation was “…conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Although he was dedicating […]

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July 1st in Aviation History

July 1st in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of George William Gladstone Gauld, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1923 – The first commercial flight is operated by SABENA between Brussels and London. 1962 – The Boeing Vertol 107 II (shown), an American medium-lift, tandem-rotor helicopter, enters scheduled service with New York Airways. 1968 – Death of Willi Gabriel, German […]
Gallery: de Havilland  DH84 Dragon

Gallery: de Havilland DH84 Dragon

Many British and Commonwealth air routes were established by airlines using de Havilland’s 6-passenger seat, twin-engine biplane, the DH84 Dragon. The Dragon’s first flight (November 1932) pre-dated the better-known DH89 Dragon Rapide (or Dominie in military service) by two years, although both aircraft made their maiden flights at the DH airfield of Stag Lane in […]

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Hellcat at Work – free wallpaper!

Hellcat at Work – free wallpaper!

The mighty Grumman F6F Hellcat needs no introduction. It carried the fight to the enemy throughout the Pacific and emerged as the most successful fighter of the Pacific Theater of Operations. More important, it was the airplane that could be counted on to bring a pilot home almost regardless of the amount of damage it […]
Happy Birthday — Convair B-36A Peacemaker

Happy Birthday — Convair B-36A Peacemaker

70 years ago on June 26, 1948, the 7th Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy, at Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Texas, received the United States Air Force’s first Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corporation (“Convair”) B-36A, a six-engine, very long range heavy bomber. Its mission was to serve as a nuclear-capable deterrent until the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress came […]
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