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Thunderchief At War
PICTURE, IF YOU WILL, a Mach-2-capable, all-weather fighterbomber that flies 1,000 feet above the ground on autopilot, while a Doppler navigation system steers it to a target 300 to 500 nautical miles distant. Then, at 550 knots, it runs in toward th
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THE SURVIVOR Atoll Missile Hits a Thud
Despite the aircraft’s vulnerability to small-arms fire, on November 7, 1967, an F-105D survived a proximity blast from a Russian Atoll airto-air missile fired from a North Vietnamese MiG-21. The strike force consisted of five four-ship flights of Th
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Do you have aviation in your blood? Crazy about aircraft and flying? Add your unique perspective to our content mix! We’re looking for flightline reporters and contributors to share their expertise and advice in videos and posts. (Original and unpubl
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Yellow Scorpions
Using Chinese airfields, the 311th Fighter Group was the first to take World War II to the Japanese. The 311th’s 530th Fighter Squadron, which became known as the “Yellow Scorpions,” was the first squadron based in China. During their combat tour, th
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Very Rare Iron
When the Second World War ended in Europe on May 8, 1945, Group Captain Aleksander Gabszewicz, the Commanding Officer of No. 131 (Polish) Wing, had been flying combat missions since the beginning of the war when Germany first invaded his home country
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Squadron Named By Japs Over Radio
The following article appeared in “CBI Roundup,” the official newspaper of the CBI Theater. Ever since it started winning a reputation for itself by knocking down Japanese planes over Burma, one of the crack P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber squadrons of t
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Pass the Armor-Piercing Rounds
In this photo from the Eighth Air Force’s famous 4th Fighter Group Debden Eagles, a parade of armorers prepare to install .50-caliber machine guns and armor-piercing ammo in the Group’s Mustangs. Note the pierced-steel planking that is being used as
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Spitfire With A Punch
May 5, 1945. Flying at 8,000 feet and at just over 200 mph in his personal Spitfire Mk XVI TD240, Group Captain Aleksander Gabszewicz, the Commanding Officer of No. 131 (Polish) Wing, led 11 heavily laden, bomb-carrying Spitfires of 302 Squadron towa
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Origins of The “Boxing Bulldog”
The exact origin of Aleksander Gabszewicz’s “Boxing Bulldog” motif is something of a mystery and seems to pre-date its wider use by other Allied units. Photographs taken at RAF Northolt in April 1942, when Gabszewicz was the Commanding Officer of No.
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Spitfire TE311: From Gate Guardian to Airshow Favorite
Like all Mk XVI Spitfires, Spitfire Mk L.F. XVIe TE311 was manufactured at the Castle Bromwich Aeroplane Factory near Birmingham, England. It was built during 1945 as a low-back, clippedwing Packard Merlin 266-powered L.F. XVIe and delivered on June
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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF BBMF), known at first as the Historic Aircraft Flight, was founded at RAF Biggin Hill, the famous Battle of Britain airfield in Kent. When it began on July 11, 1957, it only had three PR Mk X
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F-35b Lightning II Semper Fi
The three primary F-35 models are the A, B, and C (Israel also has an “I” model). We will be focusing on the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) B model, which is the Marine Corps primary variant. The Marines are also procuring some aircraft-carrier
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F-35 Variants
The generic land-based and primary variant, with an internal gun. The majority of foreign operators fly the A model (and a few a mix of As and Bs). The Israelis have a specially modified A model with their own gear which was assigned as an I model. T
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Defender Of The Reich
Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring was in rare form, his eyes full of fire as he faced one of the better known of Germany’s aces, Oberst Walther Dahl. “Göring’s reply astonished even me,” Dahl remembered. “In the presence of pilots with heads, arms and l
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Saga of a Survivor: The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s Collection’s Fw 190A-5
The Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) Focke-Wulf (based in Everett, Washington) is a Fw 190A-5 built in April 1943 as part of a batch of 981 aircraft at the F-W factory in Bremen. The FHC aircraft left the factory with the Stammkennzeichen (factory co
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Luftwaffe Aces And An Explanation
The validity of the high scores reported by German Fighter pilots is often questioned, so an explanation is in order. Each German claim for the destruction of an enemy aircraft in aerial combat (Abschuss) had to be confirmed by the Oberbefehlshaber d
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WACO “Super Sport” S3HD
The Super Sport is, in fact, a warbird camouflaged as a sport plane. Previous WACO incursions in military sales were commercial models modified to suit customers’ needs. In the Model D, WACO, at last, had a high-performance biplane designed from the
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The Hellcat/corsair Fracas Continued In Grumman
THE F4U-4 WAS BLESSED with the more powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W, which gave it a great boost in high-speed performance. This provided the necessary edge over the newer Japanese fighters that were coming into squadrons when the F4U-4 arrived i
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Best Fighter European Theater
Lockheed’s twin-engine Lightning had the potential to be the number-one fighter. It first flew on January 27, 1939—early enough to have been deployed before Pearl Harbor. It had more horsepower than any previous fighter, and its tricycle landing gear
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The Great Hellcat/corsair Production Race
BOTH CHANCE VOUGHT AND GRUMMAN were given many Navy E (for “Excellence”) citations for production during WW II. And, indeed, they both did produce a large quantity of excellent Navy fighters. Ten Hellcats were delivered in 1942, just six months after
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The Would-have-been Best, If …
A good example of a supposedly “perfect” fighter that’s cited by many historians as being the greatest such WW II aircraft, is the German twin-jet-powered Messerschmitt Me 262. It was more than 100mph faster and had a more powerful fighter-to-fighter
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Engine Supercharging
THE NON-SUPERCHARGED ENGINES used in fighters in the late ’20s had induction air flowing directly from a duct in the nose of the aircraft into the carburetor. When an aircraft gained altitude, the thinner air was insufficient to maintain the sea-leve
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Best Fighter » Pacific Theater
In 1937, Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the “Claude,” agreed with the Japanese Navy’s requirement that a carrier-based fighter should have a much longer range and greater speed than the fixed-gear Claude. The Navy specified new requirements for a re
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Flying the FW 190
In the fall of 1937, the Technical Department of the German Air Ministry decided to develop a replacement for the Messerschmitt 109. At the end of the year, after discussions with Focke-Wulf’s chief designer Kurt Tank, the Air Ministry awarded a cont
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Their Warrior Spirit Lives On
The mechanical warriors of WW II will always be with us in one way or another, but the day is coming when those brave young men who sat at the controls and gambled their lives for freedom will be gone. They may be much older now and moving more slowl
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Meeting the Legendary Kurt Tank
The FW 190 was truly one of the world’s greatest aircraft designs, but what of the man responsible for it? I had the good fortune to interrogate Kurt Tank when he was captured and taken to London at the end of the war, and he proved to be very intere
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South Pacific warrior
“We’d fly over the target, level, and the target would go under the wing. We’d be slowing down, and slowing down, pull up, and just do a wing over. Slightly beyond the target, pull over, and then come straight down. We had a gun sight, but [we’d] jus
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Peter Teichman’s Hangar 11 Collection
On any given day in the skies over England, you might be lucky enough to see Peter Teichman practicing his impressive demonstration routine in a pristine P-51D Mustang named “Jumpin’ Jacques.” Peter has about 8,000 flying hours, of which over 2,000 a
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A Mustang’s Biography
Peter’s “Jumpin’ Jacques” is a P-51D-20-NA, built at North American’s Inglewood factory in California. Accepted by the USAAF on December 21, 1944, with the tail number 44-72035, she was originally planned for the Eighth Air Force in England, but this
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