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Night Hunter — the first Corsair equipped with radar

Night Hunter — the first Corsair equipped with radar

Hunched in the cockpit of an F4U-2 Corsair in the darkest, blackest night he could remember, Second Lieutenant Frank Lang peered at the 6-inch scope in the center of his instrument panel and saw nothing significant to break up the green-yellow line inscribing a circle around the dial.
Bad Kitty! VF-19 “Satan’s Kittens”

Bad Kitty! VF-19 “Satan’s Kittens”

VF-19 “Satan’s Kittens” Chew Up the Enemy “I had well over 1,000 hours of time in the air before I entered combat. Most of that was as an instrument instructor flying the SNJ. Instrument flying really teaches you the finer points of flying an airplane. It also makes you focus and for some reason I […]

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“Into Flight Once More”

“Into Flight Once More”

Sound Off Films proudly announces the digital streaming availability of the remarkable new documentary, INTO FLIGHT ONCE MORE.  A unique and moving tribute to one of the world’s most historic events, the picturesque and patriotic new documentary follows the D-Day Squadron, made up of 15 dedicated groups of pilots, mechanics, history buffs and veterans from not only […]
Su-57 Fighter Profile – between an F-18 and an F-22?

Su-57 Fighter Profile – between an F-18 and an F-22?

Many advanced aviation designs get mired down temporarily or for the longer term owing to unanticipated complications of the myriad engineering systems involved. Russia’s Su-57 is in such a case, although we can’t count out seeing it eventually go into production. As reported on Thedrive.com, “India’s decision to finally walk away from the joint program […]

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The Secrets of Truck Lagoon – Project Recover locates three missing World War II aircraft

The Secrets of Truck Lagoon – Project Recover locates three missing World War II aircraft

Ninety minutes before daybreak on February 17, 1944, Operation Hailstone was launched from three U.S. aircraft carrier groups in the South Pacific. Hundreds of American warplanes ravaged the Japanese-held island airfields and harbors of Truk Lagoon, one of the most formidable Japanese naval air bases in the Pacific. The low-flying torpedo bombers and dive bombers […]

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Restoring a Classic: A Canadian Staggerwing Gets a New Life

Restoring a Classic: A Canadian Staggerwing Gets a New Life

The classic Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing first appeared in 1937 and was a follow-on design for Walter Beech of the original fixed gear Model 17 of the early 1930s. It was considered to be one of the finest and fastest aircraft of the time. It was expensive, with prices quoted between $14,000 and $17,000 U.S. depending […]
From Vietnam to the Commemorative Air Force

From Vietnam to the Commemorative Air Force

From the jungles of Vietnam to the desert of Arizona, Dave Baker’s remarkable flying career spanned over 50 years and encompassed combat, instruction, commercial, test pilot and warbird flying. Having met nearly 10 years ago when he took me for my first tail wheel flight, I am grateful that he was prepared to recount his […]

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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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