Aviation History

F-16 Vs A-10: why Viper’s CAS Variants failed to replace the Warthog

F-16 Vs A-10: why Viper’s CAS Variants failed to replace the Warthog

In 1991, 24 F-16 Block 10 aircraft were armed with the 30 mm GAU-13/A four-barrel derivative of the seven-barrel GAU-8/A… Read More

3 weeks ago

The day Legendary Luftwaffe Ace Adolf Galland asked Reich Marshal Hermann Goering a Squadron of Spitfires

Goering turned to Galland. "And you? What do you want'?" “l'd like a squadron of Spitfires for my Geschwader!" On… Read More

4 weeks ago

That time an Air America UH-1D Huey shot down a North Vietnamese An-2 Colt Biplane

This engagement marked the first CIA air-to-air victory and the only kill achieved by a helicopter against a biplane. The… Read More

1 month ago

30 Years Ago Today, this Fighter Pilot scored both the First US F-16 Kill and the First Kill for the AIM-120 AMRAAM

“I saw three separate detonations, the nose and left wing broke instantly, and the tail section continued into the main… Read More

1 month ago

US Naval Aviator explains why even though the A-4 was agile enough to serve as adversary aircraft with the US Navy, the Skyhawk was not a great fighter

‘Yes, the A-4 Skyhawk was agile. However, it takes more than agility to make a good fighter,’ John Chesire, former… Read More

1 month ago

Capt. E. Royce Williams, F9F-5 pilot who dogfight alone against 7 Soviet MiGs and shot down 4 of them, was awarded the Navy Cross but Medal of Honor still sought

The Navy Cross is an upgrade of the Silver Star Medal previously awarded to then-Lt. Williams on May 7, 1953,… Read More

1 month ago

The story of the four British Airways Concorde Supersonic Airliners that flew in formation on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve 1985, a unique Concorde formation appeared in the sky. The Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde was a British-French supersonic passenger… Read More

1 month ago

The True Story of Chuck Yeager’s NF-104 Ejection featured in the Famous Sequence of The Right Stuff Movie

Chuck Yeager’s NF-104 ejection took place while he was attempting to set a new altitude record at the edge of… Read More

1 month ago

Did you know the B-36 Checklist lasted Six Hours (with another hour for a preflight check of 600 items)? The Shortest Checklist is instead that of the T-38 Trainer.

How many items are on a pilot checklist? In aviation, a preflight checklist is a list of tasks that should… Read More

1 month ago

Did you know that with 3,150 aircraft, 5,900 engines and 340,000 pieces of aircraft 309 AMARG could be the second largest air force in the world?

Today the 309 AMARG has grown to include more than 3,150 aircraft, 5,900 engines and 340,000 pieces of aircraft. Taken… Read More

2 months ago

50 Years Later: Operation Linebacker II. While the brave aircrews from the past are no longer in the USAF ranks, the B-52 Stratofortress continues to serve to this day.

Generations of aircrew have flown those B-52s and gone on to retire multiple times over. The B-52 is an eternal… Read More

2 months ago

The story of the crew of a badly damaged American B-17 that was saved by a Luftwaffe Bf 109 pilot that escorted the crippled bomber over the North Sea

There, alongside the defenseless B-17, German ace Franz Stigler decided to break the cycle of violence, to spare the bomber… Read More

2 months ago

Col. Joe Kittinger, USAF Fighter Pilot, POW and Longtime Freefall Record Holder Passed Away

Retired USAF Col. Joe Kittinger, whose 1960 parachute jump from almost 20 miles above the Earth stood as a world… Read More

2 months ago

Sec. of Defense McNamara canceled the YF-12 Blackbird program to fund the F-106X Mach 5 Interceptor. Then he canceled the F-106X program too.

Even though the USAF ordered 93 YF-12 aircraft and had an initial budget of $90 million to further testing, this… Read More

2 months ago

A detailed account of the restoration of B-26 Marauder ‘Flak-Bait’, the Only US warplane to Survive 200 Bombing Missions during World War II

During the restoration process, a number of interesting discoveries have been made on B-26 Marauder ‘Flak-Bait’ airframe. When World War… Read More

2 months ago