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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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March 11, On this Day in Aviation History

March 11, On this Day in Aviation History

1957: The Boeing jet airliner prototype, Model 367-80, N70700, (destined to become the Boeing 707 and KC-135 Stratotanker), made a transcontinental demonstration flight from Seattle’s Boeing Field (BFI) to Friendship National Airport (BWI), Baltimore, Maryland. The aircraft commander was Boeing’s Chief of Flight Test, Alvin Melvin (“Tex”) Johnston. Test pilots James Russell (“Jim”) Gannett and […]
Honoring the ‘Flying Minute Men’

Honoring the ‘Flying Minute Men’

Flying Piper Cubs and Stinson biplanes, aircraft sometimes borrowed for the mission, the Civil Air Patrol guarded the American coast and helped turn back the U-boat onslaught that might otherwise have turned the tide of World War II. Men and women answered the call to serve as the nation went to war, joining the volunteer […]

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NASA’s First All-Female Spacewalk

NASA’s First All-Female Spacewalk

According to NASA’s website: “The International Space Station spacewalk, part of Expedition 59, scheduled for March 29, will include astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch, as well as Jackie Kagey as the lead EVA, or spacewalk flight controller,” reports the outlet. “The spacewalk will last around seven hours, NASA spokeswoman Kathryn Hambleton confirmed in a […]
Fairchild AT-21 Gunner

Fairchild AT-21 Gunner

The USAAF laid out a specification for a specialized bomber trainer, ordering two prototypes from Fairchild Aircraft. The XAT-13 powered by two 450 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 radial engines, emerged as a scaled down bomber with a single machine gun in the glazed nose and a top turret with twin machine guns and fitted […]

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Hells Bells

Hells Bells

Learning the Hard Way Low-altitude combat in the P-40 October 1940: Off I go into the wild blue yonder! I was the oldest of six kids growing up in Tarboro, North Carolina, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in October 1940. I was assigned to the Third Reconnaissance Squadron in Orlando, Florida, as an aerial […]
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Docks with ISS

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Docks with ISS

In a historic moment of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the company’s Crew Dragon craft successfully docked at the International Space Station on Sunday. The unmanned capsule arrived right on schedule just before 6 a.m. (ET) on March 3, 2019, following its early morning launch on Saturday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA broke the news in a […]

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Silent Nightwitches of Russia

Silent Nightwitches of Russia

The Nightwitches of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, were known later as the 46th “Taman” Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, of the Soviet Air Forces. Though women were initially barred from combat, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin issued an order on October 8, 1941 to deploy three women’s air force units, including the 588th regiment. The regiment, formed by Major […]
Boeing unveils unmanned combat jet

Boeing unveils unmanned combat jet

(Above) A model of Boeing Co.’s new unmanned, fighter-like jet, called the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, is displayed in Avalon, Australia February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jamie Freed By Jamie Freed AVALON, Australia (Reuters) – Boeing Co on Wednesday unveiled an unmanned, fighter-like jet developed in Australia and designed to fly alongside crewed aircraft in combat for […]

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Confessions of an Av Hoarder

Confessions of an Av Hoarder

Ever wonder what an editor’s office looks like? Well, as a lifelong “accumulator” of neat stuff (as opposed to a “collector” in which a theme or direction is connoted), I wholeheartedly admit that my larger-than-normal office has the moldy ambience of a hoarder’s disheveled living room. Rather than piles of discarded clothing and grandma’s kitchen […]
Curtis P-40 Warhawk: Warrior to the end

Curtis P-40 Warhawk: Warrior to the end

The P-40 Warhawk will never be enshrined in the Hall of Fame of Fantastic Fighters. It was too slow, couldnít turn tight enough, was hard to handle on the ground and, compared to some fighters, had nasty stall characteristics. Further, its hydraulic system was too complicated, its landing gear too rudimentary and its Allison V-12 […]
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