Considering its unique and futuristic design, it’s surprising there aren’t more models available of the North American F-107A “Ultra Sabre.”
Odd though the North American F-107A looked, some still consider it the best fighter the U.S. Air Force never bought.
U.S. Navy aircrews and recruiters loved the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, but a careful review of its record suggests the Top Gun mount wasn’t all it was cranked up to be.
Allied special forces units in far-flung theaters pioneered air evacuation of wounded in World War II, providing a needed boost to the men’s morale.
Before jets sported swing wings, an early Russian Designer took a novel approach to variable-geometry wingspans in a series of French built airplanes.
Pioneer aviator Bud Mars thrilled airshow crowds, narrowly escaping death on several occasions, and was among the first to fly airplanes in the Far East
Hampered by inadequate equipment and training, resourceful American aircrews improvised combat search-and-rescue techniques early in the Vietnam War.
After becoming the first to fly across the Caribbean Sea, Paul Redfern vanished in the Amazon jungle, spawning a dozen search expeditions and an unsolved mystery.
Seeking payback for Pearl Harbor, dive-bomber pilot Dick Best had a hand in sinking two Japanese carriers during the Battle of Midway.
When bombs began exploding prematurely over Vietnam, killing aircrews, the cause was traced to faulty fuzes, but more would die before a solution was found
Piloting X-15s to a record Mach 6.7 and the fringes of space, U.S. Air Force Major Pete Knight earned the Harmon Trophy and nickname “Speedy Pete”