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The Boy Next Door Goes to War

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World War II Trainers – The Ace Makers

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F-35 Lightning II

F-35 Lightning II

The Future is here! The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multi-role combat aircraft is designed to perform both air superiority and strike missions. It can also provide electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. Lockheed Martin, the prime F-35 contractor, with partners Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, produces the aircraft […]
Ground Pounding Skyraider

Ground Pounding Skyraider

The single engine, piston-driven Skyraider was designed during World War II to meet United States Navy requirements for a carrier-based, single-seat, long-range, high performance dive/torpedo bomber, to replace earlier types such as the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver and Grumman TBF Avenger. Designed by Ed Heinemann of the Douglas Aircraft Company, prototypes were ordered on July 6, […]

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FAI Record F-86D Sabre

FAI Record F-86D Sabre

On this day, September 2, 1953, Colonel J. Stanley Holtoner, USAF, flew a production North American Aviation F-86D-35-NA Sabre, serial number 51-6168, to a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Speed Record over a 100 kilometer course at Vandalia, Ohio, averaging 690.188mph. Colonel Holtoner was the commanding officer of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards […]
Massive Collection of NAA Aircraft Drawings Saved!

Massive Collection of NAA Aircraft Drawings Saved!

Recently AirCorps Aviation of Bemidji of Minnesota announced that they acquired a massive treasure trove of original manufacturing drawings for North American Aviation (NAA) covering types such as the P-51 Mustang, AT-6 Texan, B-25 Mitchell bomber and the P-82 Twin Mustang. This  remarkable development is due to a lone NAA engineer named Ken Jungeberg who, […]

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Dakota Territory P-47 Restoration Update

Dakota Territory P-47 Restoration Update

The restoration of WW II warbirds is a true labor of love and the efforts of countless volunteers help keep aviation history alive for us all to enjoy. This update from Chuck Cravens, highlights the restoration of the Dakota Territory Air Museum’s P-47D Thunderbolt 42-27609 at AirCorps Aviation in Bemidji, Minnesota.The photos below are from […]
Historic Warbirds Arrive in Hawaii

Historic Warbirds Arrive in Hawaii

On August 10, the U.S. Navy’s Wasp class amphibious assault ship, the USS Essex recently served as an aviation transport, bringing a deck full of World War II-era warbirds to Hawaii. The aircraft, which include examples of the iconic P-51 Mustang fighter and B-25 Mitchell bomber, among others, will take part in events commemorating the […]

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The Flight of Enterprise

The Flight of Enterprise

Today on August 14,1977, the Space Shuttle Enterprise, crewed by astronauts Fred Haise and Gordon Fullerton, made its first ever free flight un-powered flight, from the top of a modified Boeing 747 during Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests. This NASA photo was taken soon after the Enterprise and the 747 shuttle carrier aircraft separated for […]
The Blue Angels’ New Ride

The Blue Angels’ New Ride

U.S. Navy #BlueAngels C-130 pilots and crew recently performed their first functional check flight over England in their new “J” model C-130! The new “Fat Albert” is a C-130J Super Hercules that was originally built in the U.S. and was used in the Royal Air Force as RAF Hercules C5 ZH885. The Navy bought this […]

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CAF Wildcat Heads to Hawaii

CAF Wildcat Heads to Hawaii

The Commemorative Air Force’s FM2 Wildcat is set to participate in the upcoming 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the End of World War II events, scheduled to take place in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from August 29 to September 2, 2020. On Saturday, July 25, the aircraft and pilot Mike Polley will board a US Navy Ship […]
Gallery: Laird LCW-300

Gallery: Laird LCW-300

One of the more exciting periods of aviation development was also the darkest period in America’s financial history. A completely contradictory statement to be sure, but one has only to look at the decade beginning in 1929 to see that the roots of American aviation were, for some unknown reason, wildly nurtured by the black […]
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