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70 Years of Naval Aviation in 3D

70 Years of Naval Aviation in 3D

Experience these full-color images in stunning 3D with the included 3D viewer! “Naval Aircraft in the Third Dimension” will make you feel like you’re in the cockpits, on flight lines, and aboard aircraft carriers. Featured subjects include fixed and rotary wing aircraft, unmanned vehicles, and aircraft carriers. All proceeds benefit the Patuxent River Naval Air […]
Second Chances: Breathing New Life into a California Bearcat

Second Chances: Breathing New Life into a California Bearcat

The Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force in Camarillo, CA has recently begun a full overhaul of one of its most prized aircraft, the Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat. Though Bearcats are somewhat common warbirds in the world of aircraft restoration, CAF SoCal’s airframe, BuNo 122674, has a truly unique history and has flown in […]

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Nieuport 28 Takes Flight!

Nieuport 28 Takes Flight!

The American Heritage Museum in Stow, Massachusetts is honored to announce that America’s oldest, original, and airworthy combat aircraft has returned to the sky. On Saturday, April 2nd, 2022, the museum’s 1918 Nieuport 28 took to sky in southern Sweden with World War I aircraft restoration expert, Mikael Carlson, at the controls. There are 5 […]
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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Circuses, Ramrods, Rhubarbs and Rodeos

Circuses, Ramrods, Rhubarbs and Rodeos

A new book by John Starkey, “The RAF’s Cross-Channel Offensive: Circuses, Ramrods, Rhubarbs and Rodeos 1941-1942″ is a must-read for WW II enthusiasts. The story of the RAF, and in particular Fighter Command, during the Battle of Britain has been told many times. It is a tale of the gallant pilots of “The Few,” in […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Elizabeth Muriel Gregory “Elsie” MacGill, known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes;” she becomes the world’s first female aircraft designer. 1936 – First flight of the Fokker D.XXI (shown), a Dutch low-wing monoplane fighter. 1945 – Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan’s ports and waterways, begins. The mining runs are […]

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Rare WW II P-47 Restoration

Rare WW II P-47 Restoration

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Airbase Georgia is acquiring a rare World War II P-47 Thunderbolt as a long-term restoration project. The P-47 will join the noteworthy Airbase fleet of operating aircraft, including its SBD Dauntless, P-51 Mustang, FG-1D Corsair, and P-63 Kingcobra. Weighing 10,000 pounds empty, the Thunderbolt was the largest single fighter built […]
The completed P-40 ready for balancing with the provided
clay. I’ll admit the delicate parts representing the canopy
rails got the best of my fat fingers, but you could leave them in place for a more durable airframe.

Whistle Pig Toys P-40C Warhawk

My passion for aviation started by playing with free-flight balsa gliders. This led to RC gliders, a love for all things aviation-related, and eventually over 3,000 hours in the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft. If you’re looking to spark that same love of aviation in your kids, Whistle Pig toys is a way to sneak […]

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Stallion 51 Celebrates 35 Years!

Stallion 51 Celebrates 35 Years!

Stallion 51 has been making Mustang memories for 35 years. Where did the time go? Three and a half decades flew by, literally. Tens of thousands of hours flying aviation enthusiasts, sharing the cockpit of Stallion’s dual cockpit/dual control Mustangs so everyday people can experience the extraordinary history and power of the Mustang for themselves […]
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 […]
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