The T-50, Amazing Trainer!

The T-50, Amazing Trainer!

One of the amazing aspects of WWII was the training America created and put their pilots through prior to fighting the enemy. It was a multi stage process and prior to pilots going to train in a ...

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The “Heavies”

The “Heavies”

"Win the war with airpower" started the 8th Air Force. The first eighteen months of WWII, the US's involvement in Europe was mostly the 8th Air Force bombing targets in occupied territory. Reading the history of the ...

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The Vernerable Piper Cub

The Vernerable Piper Cub

WWII had just finished when the PA-11 Piper Cub came on the market. The thought was that all the airman that had come to war would come back and want to continue on with flying. That would ...

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AVG & the Warhawk

AVG & the Warhawk

The American Volunteer Group, better known as the Flying Tigers, took on the Japanese before America was officially involved in WWII. Based in China, they had with them America's frontline fighter, the P-40 Warhawk. And while it ...

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The Very Agile Zero

The Very Agile Zero

The Zero when it appeared over China proved that what was deemed impossible, very much possible. And as the war in the Pacific began, the Zero was state of the art. After a ferry run spending 90min ...

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The P-47G “Razorback”

The P-47G “Razorback”

The Republic P-47 was the most produced American fighter in WWII with a grand total of 15,686 manufactured (incl all variants). The New York Republic Company was not the only facility. They opened a second plant in ...

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“Seconds of Panic”

“Seconds of Panic”

With top turret trained on the incoming attack, the deadly aerial battle begins and ends in a matter of seconds. The war in the Pacific for many is thought of great naval air battles involving carrier fighters ...

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The Ford Tri-Motor

The Ford Tri-Motor

This funky looking old plane is really, really rather important to our aviation history. It's the first "all metal" aircraft made in the US ushering in commercial aviation as we know it today (yes, that's a corrugated ...

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The “Turkey”

The “Turkey”

The TBM Avenger or as many crews called them, The Turkey, was another of Grumman's amazing designs. A torpedo bomber, the four crew TBM was the principle bomber of the Navy during WWII in the Pacific. The ...

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Korean War Adversaries

Korean War Adversaries

Just a couple of years after the end of WWII, aerial combat was fierce over the skies of the Korean peninsula. In a period of a couple of years, planes had come seemingly transformed light years as ...

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