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The Turncoat’s Raid

Bad Kitty! VF-19 “Satan’s Kittens”

Silent Targets: The glider gang behind the trees

U.S. 8th Army Air Force – The Mighty Eighth

1959 Rocket Mail Balisstic Missile- It seemed like a good idea at the time

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Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk

Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk

The image captured here is exceptional for more reasons than one. The aircraft is a Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk, seldom seen in action with such clarity. Look closely at the picture: The floatplane fighter is barely lifting off the catapult yet remains crisply in focus. The photographer, the father of Flight Journal reader David Kovacic, did […]
Mitsubishi A6M Zero: Terror of the Pacific

Mitsubishi A6M Zero: Terror of the Pacific

Zero! Normally that’s a number signifying nothing, but to those who know history it indicates an able foe. A dainty, but lethal, dancer that cut a swath across the Pacific so bloody that for the first six months of World War Two it appeared as if nothing could stop it. The stories that filtered back […]

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The F-15 Still going 50 Years Later

The F-15 Still going 50 Years Later

Believe it or not,the Pentagon’s new 2020 budget includes a request for eight F-15 Eagle fighters! A real testament to the fighter’s versatility nearly five decades after first its flight. The F-15 is still relevant on the modern battlefield, proving the value of continuously upgrading platforms with the latest technologies. The jet, which observers believed […]
10  Aviation  Myths  of World War II Fact vs. Fiction

10 Aviation Myths of World War II Fact vs. Fiction

Seventy years later, the Second World War remains the defining event of the 20th century and for the generations who experienced it. It led to the half-century Cold War and still shapes the geopolitical map today. Decades of lies and legends still swirl around the crucial events of mankind’s greatest conflict, and many of them […]

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Aviation Insider: A Tale of the Times

Aviation Insider: A Tale of the Times

We’ll lose the XC-99 and it won’t be alone   By Robert F. Dorr Big, historic airplanes could be the aeronautical definition of “conundrum” for museum people. No one wants to see a truly historic airplane, such as the XC-99 disintegrate into powdery oxide while in outside storage. However, the realities of space and financing determine […]
In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

By Stan Piet By mid-August 1945, the Japanese Empire was near collapse. Months of sustained bombing and two atomic attacks had devastated its prime cities and a widening blockade was strangling its faltering war industry and starving citizens. But Tokyo’s ingrained militaristic “fight to the death culture” still held sway, and an all out invasion […]

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SPACE COAST WARBIRD AIRSHOW March 15, 16 & 17

SPACE COAST WARBIRD AIRSHOW March 15, 16 & 17

For the past 42 years, the Valiant Air Command Inc. has hosted the “Tico” Warbird Airshow, now called the “Space Coast Warbird Airshow.” The 2019 air show will feature an exceptional fast-paced flying program with a mix of historic warbirds, modern combat jets, and aerobatic teams. Friday March 15th will be our afternoon and evening show […]
In Theater: Operation Magic Carpet

In Theater: Operation Magic Carpet

In the summer of 1945, the U.S. military spawned a generation of poets who shared one sentiment: “Those who want to be a hero, They number almost zero. Those who want to be civilians… Gee—they number in the millions!” As early as 1943, the Pentagon began contingency planning for returning millions of personnel from overseas […]

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The Race for The Secrets

The Race for The Secrets

Disarming and Digesting the Luftwaffe. The gathering of German aviation technology by the United States in the final days of World War II was not a happenstance. As early as October 1944, the AAF created the Air Disarmament Division in England with a two-fold mission: collect examples of German technology, and scrap everything else that […]
Germany’s Wonder Weapons — V-2 Rockets

Germany’s Wonder Weapons — V-2 Rockets

The German word was Vergeltungswaffe, which means “retribution weapon” but is normally translated as “vengeance.” Generically, the V program included a family of advanced concepts beginning with the V-1 cruise missile. The “buzz bomb” carried an 1,800 lb. warhead at around 400mph, but was susceptible to defending fighters and anti-aircraft guns. The V-2 was unlike […]
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