Hero of D Day

Hero of D Day

They stretched for nearly 200 miles, the flight of C-47 transports delivering the allied paratroopers into France on D Day, seventy-one years ago. Many of the C-47s never made it back to England, few survive today. This ...

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Happy Birthday Corsair!

Happy Birthday Corsair!

Probably one of the most iconic aircraft of the PTO in WWII is the Corsair. This unique, gull wing "whistling death" aircraft is celebrating its 75th anniversary today. It's pretty amazing that an aircraft designed what seems ...

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Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane

The Hawker Hurricane, affectionately called the "Hurri," is a special aircraft to England and the Battle of Britain. The Hurri accounted for nearly 60% of the air victories for Britain during WWII. That's impressive of an aircraft ...

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The “Kate” Movie Star

The “Kate” Movie Star

The Nakajima B5N or as the American's called them, the Kate, is a Japanese Torpedo Bomber most famous from the attack on Pearl Harbor. A very successful aircraft in its day, Japan only produced 1150 and unlike ...

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The de Havilland Vampire

The de Havilland Vampire

The de Havilland Vampire first flew in Sept, 1943. That's during WWII and was the second jet fighter in the RAF but the first to fly with a single jet engine. It is the first jet to ...

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FM-2P Wildcat

FM-2P Wildcat

The FM-2 (Grumman F4F) was produced by General Motors when Grumman started producing the F6F Hellcat starting in 1943. Many pilots felt the FM-2 was the best version of the Wildcat though its role as a ...

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Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain

Nearly 75 years ago Germany took to the skies trying to bring England to its knees by a very aggressive bombing campaign. Germany thought it would be easy but it didn't count on two important factors, the ...

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The “Forked Tailed Devil”

The “Forked Tailed Devil”

The P-38 Lightning was a wicked fighter that at the hands of its very talented pilot, caused a lot of trouble for the enemy. Flown in both theaters of WWII, it's best known for its action in ...

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The Nuclear Fighter

The Nuclear Fighter

I was introduced to this cold war jet by a pilot who flew it back in the day. He started our conversation at the front of an A-4 Skyhawk with, "You know why this front landing gear ...

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Grumman HU-16 Albatross

Grumman HU-16 Albatross

First flying after WWII, the Albatross is still in use today. An update to the Grumman Mallard, it was designed with the main role of as a search and rescue and combat search and rescue aircraft first ...

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