Aviation History

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Bat 21 Gene Hambleton tells the story of when his EB-66 was shot down and recalls his harrowing rescue

Bat 21 Gene Hambleton tells the story of when his EB-66 was shot down and recalls his harrowing rescue

"They were within two minutes of picking me up and all at once the helicopter goes up in a ball… Read More

4 days ago

First man to fly the iconic SR-71 recalls when he flew the Blackbird Inverted and he turned off the Instrumentation so that Kelly Johnson wouldn’t find out

When Kelly Johnson began designing the advanced SR-71 Blackbird for the US Air Force, he appointed Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland… Read More

6 days ago

The story of how Israeli Air Force turned its F-15 Air-to-air Fighters into bombers to destroy PLO’s HQ complex in Tunis

The mission would have been not only the longest air strike conducted by Israeli Air Force since Entebbe in 1976,… Read More

1 week ago

Carmine Vito was the only U-2 pilot to fly over Moscow: five Soviet MiGs launched to intercept his flight got lost or collided

Several MiG fighters scrambled to intercept him, too. As with previous flights, the intercepts failed. Soviet fighters could not approach… Read More

2 weeks ago

Time to cry because it’s ended: Vulcan XH558 to start her engines for one last time on Nov. 20 before being put to sleep forever

Anyone that wants to hear the Vulcan engine's iconic "howl" for the last time has been invited to stand on… Read More

2 weeks ago

From the F-14 retirement to dogfighting against the F/A-18: former Tomcat RIO answers your questions

‘The Hornet and Super Hornet would be challenging opponents in an engagement. As a baseline initial move, the F-14 Tomcat… Read More

2 weeks ago

Belgian Air Force’s 349th Squadron has painted a nearly 50-years old F-16 in a special paint scheme to commemorate the unit’s 80th anniversary

The F-16 was presented on Nov. 4, 2022 to an audience of enthusiasts, including in flight, escorting a Spitfire fighter… Read More

2 weeks ago

First SR-71 RSO explains why Reconnaissance Systems Officer cockpit had to be rearranged before the Blackbird maiden flight or the USAF would not buy the SR-71

‘Airspeed indicators were on one side, attitude indicators were on the other, altimeter gauges were in the middle, and we… Read More

3 weeks ago

The story of the USAF B-52 Stratofortress Strategic Bomber that did a fly-by below the flight deck of USS Ranger Aircraft Carrier

In 1990 a USAF B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber was five miles out from USS Independence and asked permission to do… Read More

3 weeks ago

The epic story of when F-86 pilot Robbie Risner Pushed his Wingman’s Crippled Sabre for 60 Miles to keep him out of Enemy Hands

In an effort to help him reach Kimpo, Robbie Risner attempted to push 1st Lt. Joseph Logan's F-86 by having… Read More

3 weeks ago

F-8 Crusader Vs F-4 Phantom II: US Naval Aviators recall the rivalry between the “Last of the Gunfighters” and the first “All-Weather Interceptor”

Many of the Phantom’s early cruises were as paired squadrons with F-8 units, which were regarded as “day fighter” (or… Read More

3 weeks ago

The story of the US Navy A-1H Skyraider attack aircraft that dropped a Toilet Bomb while on a mission over Mekong Delta during Vietnam War

Yes, this really happened. Once again history is stranger then fiction, and a lot funnier. The photos in this post… Read More

3 weeks ago

U-2 Vs SR-71: former USAF Avionics Technician explains why the Dragon Lady still flies spy missions while the Blackbird had been retired

While the U-2 is still in active service today, the US Air Force (USAF) retired its fleet of SR-71s on… Read More

4 weeks ago

New threat: US Navy F6F Hellcat pilots recall the first encounter with Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force’s potent N1K1-J Shiden fighter

On a fighter sweep over the airfields north of Manila on Nov. 6, 1944, US Navy F6F Hellcat pilots encountered… Read More

4 weeks ago