Remembering Operation Chastise: Special Lancasters, the No. 617 Squadron and the Dam Buster raids
Lancaster only specially formed wartime unit was No. 617 Squadron, used to attack the Ruhr Dams on the night of May 16/17, 1943 The Lancaster bomber holds a special place of affection mingled with a great deal of pride in the hearts of British and Commonwealth citizens — feelings which perhaps find their...
Two Russian Su-34 fighter bombers crash after colliding over the Sea of Japan. Both Crew Members ejected safely
The two Su-34 fighter bombers were performing a training mission The Russian Defense Ministry says that two Su-34 fighter bombers have collided in midair in the Far East on Jan. 18, 2019. According to the Russian military the two Su-34 fighter bombers were performing a training mission when they...
Capt Jerry Yellin, WW II Fighter Pilot to fly last Combat Mission in August 1945 and PTSD Advocate, laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery
Although his flying career was short, Capt Jerry Yellin witnessed more turmoil than any human being should ever have to witness Capt Jerry Yellin, World War II fighter pilot, who flew the last combat mission in August 1945, was laid to rest with full military honors Jan. 15, at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia.
Blue Angels to sell rides on Super Hornet during airshows
The team will sell rides on its twin-seat Super Hornet during airshows As we have already explained, starting from 2022, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will be flying the F/A-18E during airshows. In August in fact, Boeing has received a $17 million contract to convert nine F/A-18Es and 2 F/A-18Fs into the Blue Angel configuration.
This VFA-81 F/A-18C driver scored the first (of only two) U.S. Navy MiG Kill during Operation Desert Storm
"This is the first time to my knowledge that an airplane scored a kill while carrying four 2,000-lb bombs, then continued on to hit its target,” Lieutenant Commander Mark Fox, VFA-81 F/A-18 Hornet Pilot On Jan. 17, 1991 Lieutenant Commander Mark Fox and Lieutenant Nick Mongillo launched with five other VFA-81 F/A-18 Hornets as part...
Maybe it’s because of their massive size, but don’t you think that FREDs in these photos look like enormous snowmen? Taken on Jan. 13, 2019 at Dover Air Force Base (AFB) the impressive pictures in this post feature 512th Airlift Wing (AW) C-5M Super Galaxy airlifters covered with snow.
Pappy Boyington’s F4U Corsair “Lulubelle” and the Nose Art that Never was
Dozens of artists, model makers, die-cast companies, and custom decal printers issued innumerable renditions of Boyington's F4U. But Lulubelle was not the correct name. In 1976, NBC launched a weekly action-adventure series called Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, loosely based on Greg Boyington's autobiography of the same name. The show lasted three seasons...
This F-22 Made A Hook-Down Emergency Landing Last Year
"As we approached Atlantic City, we finalized our fuel plan. I still needed to burn down gas in order to land slow enough to meet the maximum cable engagement speed of 150 knots," Capt. Matthew L. Guertin, F-22 Raptor pilot The following article, titled A Typical Monday Morning and written by F-22 pilot...
The story of VF-51 Screaming Eagles F-4 Phantom II’s Flamboyant Markings in Vietnam
VF-51 F-4 had one of the most flamboyant Phantom markings to go to sea- what rival squadrons called the "Supersonic Can Opener" was a bright eagle marking with tail feathers that splayed out on the rear fuselage During Operation Linebacker over Vietnam in 1972, the two McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II squadrons...
First J-20 Mighty Dragon stealth fighters delivered to PLAAF front-line unit
9th Brigade at Wuhu has received its first two to four J-20 fighter aircraft Exactly eight years and one day after its first flight, the first operational People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF, China Air Force) front line unit, 9th Brigade at Wuhu has received its first two to four J-20 fighter...

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