British Airways to paint Boeing 747 in retro BOAC Paint Scheme
The BOAC 747 will be the first aircraft to receive a popular design from British Airways’ past As part of its 100-year birthday, British Airways has announced on Jan. 21, 2019 it will be painting a Boeing 747 in the much-admired design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).
Missing P-47 Thunderbolt pilot from WW II found
More than 400,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in WWII perished during the conflict, and 72,766 remain missing The remains of former P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft pilot then assigned to the 66th Fighter Squadron of the 57th Fighter Group have been found and identified. As told by...
The Sad Story of the B-25 Mitchell that crashed into Empire State Building
The B-25 exploded on impact spraying burning fuel into West 34th Street below, one of the engines completely passing through the building and out the other side Taken on Jul. 28, 1945 the photos in this post feature the Empire State Building after the infamous 457th Bomb Group B-25 Mitchell crash.
Two Crew Members killed in Tu-22M3 Backfire Supersonic Bomber crash in Murmansk Region
The Tu-22M3 crashed in Russia’s north-west while trying to make a landing during a sudden snowstorm A Tu-22M3 (NATO reporting name: Backfire) supersonic strategic bomber has crashed in Russia’s north-west while trying to make a landing during a sudden snowstorm on Jan. 22, 2019. According to RT two crew members died in...
This F-106B was struck by Lightning 714 Times
In a single flight in 1984 F-106B N816NA was struck 72 times in the space of only 45 minutes while penetrating a thunderstorm at 38,000 feet! The interesting photo in this post features F-106B 57-2516, known as NASA 816 Lightening Strike Burns. As JP Santiago explains in an...
USAF installs metallic 3D Printed Part on F-22 because of lack of Additional Parts to Support Raptor Community
The use of 3D printing gives maintainers the ability to acquire replacement parts on short notice without minimum order quantities The use of 3D printing is not new to the U.S. Air Force (USAF). The service in fact has routinely used 3D printing for legacy aircraft requiring parts that may be out...
France to purchase Rafale F4
Rafale F4 will include better radar and sensors plus the integration of the Mica NG air-to-air missile and 1,000-kg AASM Air-to-Ground Modular Weapon Dassault received the green light to develop the F4-standard for the Rafale fighter when Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces, paid a visit to its Mérignac plant...
U-2 Dragon Lady Makes Rare Appearance at Nellis AFB
The U-2 traveled to Nellis to enhance the learning environment for U.S. Air Force Weapons School pilots entering their Weapons School Integration Gliding over the skies of Southern Nevada at an altitude of approximately 70,000 feet, an all-black, single jet engine aircraft dubbed the Dragon Lady made her way to Nellis Air Force...
Video shows Franco-German Future Combat Air System taking shape
Spain is to join the Franco-German effort to develop Future Combat Air System France and Germany have launched a joint project to develop a next-generation fighter aircraft as part of a wider Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The interesting video in this post features Gareth Jennings, Aviation...
Tomcat Down in Iraq, Part II: Prisoner Of War
"I thought about my family a lot. I felt that if I was reduced to counting the bricks in the cell, I would have lost control," Lieutenant Larry Slade, former VF-103 F-14A(Plus) Tomcat RIO While Lieutenant Jones struggled to survive in the desert, his RIO, Lieutenant Larry Slade, had already been picked up....

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