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    ‘Patton in a P-51’

    Don Blakeslee’s grit, guts and guidance helped make the “Fighting 4th” one of the finest combat air groups in Europe. Like his British and Commonwealth comrades in the Royal Air Force, American Don Blakeslee of No. 133 “Eagle”...

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    Hirano’s Zero

    A Mitsubishi Zero shot down at Pearl Harbor revealed surprisingly few facts about the mysterious fighter, but did yield a map that provided tantalizing clues about the location of the Japanese fleet. Shortly before 8 a.m. on December 7,...

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    Supersonic Gamble

    Britain and France bet on the prospects of supersonic transport, but ultimately were thwarted by economic and environmental concerns. The Anglo-French Concorde supersonic transport (SST) is an airplane of singular grace and elegance. It...

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    Damned Hunchbacks

    Developed from an airliner, the SM.79 trimotor torpedo bomber emerged as Italy’s most important attack aircraft in the Mediterranean. As the struggle between Allied and Axis forces for control of the Mediterranean Sea reached its...

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    Air Battle for Fortress Malta

    Royal Air Force fighter pilots, including a group of American volunteers, paid a heavy price during their brave defense of the strategic archipelago. On March 21, 1942, Pilot Officer Howard Coffin, an American from Los Angeles and a...

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    First Planes Down at Pearl

    Three National Guardsmen on a morning sightseeing flight were among the first casualties on December 7, 1941. ...

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    Pacific Tramps

    The story of the B-17s that arrived over Hawaii during the Japanese attack has been told many times, but what happened to them?    On December 7, 1941, 12 unarmed B-17s on their way to reinforce the Philippines arrived over Oahu...

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    Wildcat Warrior

    Marine Corps ace of aces Joe Foss wreaked havoc on the Japanese over Guadalcanal, becoming the first to equal Eddie Rickenbacker’s American World War I victory record. After unopposed landings early on August 7, 1942, the invasion of...

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    Mother Ships

    In an effort to extend the range and altitude of smaller aircraft, mother ships have been employed for a variety of missions—some successful, others disastrous. Mother ships—aircraft designed to carry and launch small airplanes...

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    The Boeing Century

    During its 100-year history, William Boeing’s company has developed many of the most iconic airplanes ever to take to the sky. The world’s largest aerospace company grew from a single simple, angular, twin-float seaplane: the 1916...

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    Andrews Celebrates U.S. Air Force 70th

    After a year off due to budget restrictions, the Joint Base Andrews Air Show was held at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washing­ton, D.C., on September 16-17, 2017. Spec­tators at the free airshow were treated to military aircraft...

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    Controversial Crash of K-14

    Was the loss of a patrol blimp off Maine in 1944 the result of pilot error, as the U.S. Navy maintains to this day, or was it due to a battle with a German U-boat?   When the U.S. Navy blimp K-14 went down in the Gulf of Maine in July...

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    The Voice of Experience

    There were higher-scoring fighter aces and other hotshot test pilots, but nobody did both quite like Chuck Yeager. Few, if any, individuals are as well-known in the annals of aviation history as Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager. An...

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    Bat Out of Hell

    The rocket-powered Me-163 Komet interceptor outperformed every other World War II combat aircraft…if its pilots lived to fight. In late July 1944, P-51 Mustang pilots who thought they flew the best fighter aircraft over Germany received...

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    The Last Flight of Hobo 28

    In one of America’s worst “Broken Arrow” incidents, a B-52 carrying four hydrogen bombs crashed on the ice off Greenland.  Major Alfred D’Amario thought the worst was over after his violent ejection from the dark and smoky...

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    Nonstop to Hawaii By Air and Sea

    When Commander John Rodgers’ PN-9 ran low on fuel 400 miles short of his destination, like a good Navy man he rigged the flying boat and sailed the rest of the way. Two years before Charles Lindbergh made his epic solo flight across the...