De Havilland 82A Tiger Moth

De Havilland 82A Tiger Moth

Before you could fly the Spitfire or Lancaster, just like the pilots in the US, English pilots started out in a trainer. In the US, the Stearman was the trainer nearly every pilot started in. In England, ...

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The Terrific T6

The Terrific T6

The T6 Texan is an amazing aircraft that many find hard to believe is a warbird. But it most certainly is! The full designation is AT-6 with AT standing for Advanced Trainer. It would be hard to ...

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The "Tiger Jaws" nose art has come to be known as the "Flying Tigers" or more formally, the AVG, America Volunteer Group. The AVG flew the P-40, an earlier version from this P-40E belonging to the Texas ...

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The Monocoupe 110

The Monocoupe 110

The Monocoupe 110 is an amazing plane designed and originally built by a farm boy. With no formal training, no apprenticeship, he designed and produced a plane that in the '30s was the fastest and badest race ...

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Beating Back the Tide

Beating Back the Tide

The F4F Wildcat was under classed when it was introduced in the Pacific. Though almost fresh from the drawing board, the US was behind the Zero when it came to fighter technology. That didn't stop the US ...

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It Fought on Both Fronts

It Fought on Both Fronts

The P-38 Lightning fought in both the ETO and PTO but it's most often associated with the Pacific. There is for example the famous story of the flight of P-38s that shot down Admiral Yamamoto by the ...

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Flying The Box

Flying The Box

The Box was the name for the massive formation of B-17s as they flew across Europe on their bombing runs. The concept behind The Box was with all the guns bristling from the B-17s, they could fend ...

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Dec 7th, 1941

Dec 7th, 1941

On that Sunday morning 7 Dec, 1941 the Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor. The surprise attack was effective destroying much of the US Forces at Pearl (though all but 2 ships were restored and put back into ...

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On Wheeler Flight Line

On Wheeler Flight Line

Prior to 7 Dec, 1941, the P-40 was the frontline fighter stationed in the Hawaiian Islands. Other than pairs of P-40s are remote fields, the rest were lined up in order on Wheeler Field so they could ...

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The Venerable T-6

The Venerable T-6

The AT-6 Texan was a principle advance trainer used during WWII. You could have seen it in the skies in nearly all 50 states at young pilots no matter if they were heading to fighter or bomber ...

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