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Squadron of deception

Squadron of deception Hutton, Stephen THE SAGA Of THE MIGHTY EIGHTHS 36TH BOMB SQUADRON IN ACTION OVER EUROPE AND ITS UNIQUE MISSION TO SAVE AMERICAN LIVES PART ONE They flew in four– engine heavy bombers – but never dropped a single bomb! They were an American Eighth Air Force (8th AF) squadron, but flew their […]

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Lightnings against the red star

Lightnings against the red star Carr, Lee K RECALLING A LITTLE-KNOWN BATTLE BETWEEN AMERICAN P-38s AND SOVIET YAKS This mission was flown by the 82nd Fighter Group 95th, 96th and 97th Fighter Squadrons – with the lead squadron being the 95th. Duration of mission was four hours. This mission was a request by the Russians, […]

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CALIFORNIA BOOMERANG

CALIFORNIA BOOMERANG Wainwright, Marshall HOW A YOUNG AIR NATIONAL GUARD LIEUTENANT SET A MOST UNUSUAL RECORD The day, 21 May 1955, had dawned foggy and damp at Van Nuys Airport in southern California. Referred to as “June Gloom” by locals, the fog was a yearly characteristic of a thick marine layer that traveled miles inshore […]

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Inside the Me 262 project

Inside the Me 262 project O’Leary, Michael THE SECOND FLIGHT Of THE FIRST NEW-BUILD ME 262 CONCLUDED WITH A LANDING INCIDENT. HOWEVER THE AIRCRAFT IS REPAIR!BLE. WE EXAMINE THE HISTORY Of THE fORMIDABLE GERMAN FIGHTER AND LOOK TOWARD THE FUTURE One cannot imagine what thoughts must have been racing through the mind of the first […]

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Remembering the spirit

Remembering the spirit Hulett, George On 21 May 1927, 25-year-old Charles Lindbergh flew the Ryan Spirit of St. Louis from New York to Paris and entered history as the first person to complete a non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic. This feat – born of Lindbergh’s heroism, deep knowledge of aviation, and sheer strength of […]

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ALDEN BROWN RACER

ALDEN BROWN RACER O’Leary, Michael Not related to the more famous racing designs of Lawrence W. Brown (Miles and Atwood Special, B-1, B-2, B-3), the Alden Brown Racer was a curious little machine. Of all-wood construction, Alden Brown designed his racer to be powered by a 544-cu-in Menasco C6 six-cylinder inline and the small machine […]

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Rall: Ace of the luftwaffe

Rall: Ace of the luftwaffe Amadio, Jill AN INSIDE LOOK AT ONE OF WORLD WAR TWO’S MOST IMPORTANT FIGHTER PILOTS “You will never fly again. Never.” As the harried doctor said those words barely an hour after he had performed back surgery on his patient, he looked down pityingly at the young pilot encased in […]

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First fighter for Museum of Flight

First fighter for Museum of Flight What is claimed to be the world’s first fighter aircraft, the 1914 Italian Caproni Ca 20 monoplane, was acquired by the Museum of Flight in May 1999 and was placed on public display on 20 October 1999, Obtained from the children of the man who designed the plane – […]

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Accidents and incidents

Accidents and incidents Larkins, William T On 16 January, about 1700 eastern standard time, de Havilland Tiger Moth N1224T nosed over during a forced landing in Carrollton, Georgia. The airplane was operated by the owner/private pilot under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 and visual flight rules. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no […]

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FINDING SAINT-EX

FINDING SAINT-EX Roberts, Fred During April, the French government confirmed that aircraft wreckage found in the Mediterranean belonged to a Lockheed Lightning flown by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the famous pioneering aviator and even more famous author of books such as The Little Prince. The pilot vanished on 31 July 1944 while flying a reconnaissance mission. […]