Aviation History

40 years ago, NATO aircraft operated on German autobahn: the story of the biggest exercise to date to use a highway as improvised airfield

40 years ago, NATO aircraft operated on German autobahn: the story of the biggest exercise to date to use a highway as improvised airfield

NATO aircraft land on German autobahn Forty years ago, in 1984, NATO aircraft conducted a multi-national exercise that assessed the… Read More

2 weeks ago

An in-depth analysis of the rescue operation of Dale Zelko, the F-117 stealth pilot downed during Operation Allied Force

A-10 driver at his first combat mission locates Dale Zelko After ‘Vega 31’ was shot down, there was soon a… Read More

3 weeks ago

Video: the Phinal active duty F-4 Phantom launch from a US Navy aircraft carrier

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic… Read More

3 weeks ago

The real secret behind P-51B/C/D Mustang range

The P-51 Mustang Controlling the air proved key to controlling the ground. The long-range P-51 Mustang fighter was invaluable to… Read More

3 weeks ago

NASA had to borrow U-2/SR-71 “yellow” Pressure Suits for first space shuttle mission. Here’s why.

David Clark Company David Clark Company (DCC) is an American manufacturing company. DCC designs and manufactures a wide variety of… Read More

3 weeks ago

Video shows the Maiden flight of XB-1, the First civilian supersonic plane to fly in 20 years

The First civilian supersonic plane to fly in 20 years: XB-1 maiden flight As the video in this post shows,… Read More

3 weeks ago

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

The B-26 Marauder Although the Marauder did not make its first flight until Nov. 25, 1940, its design showed such… Read More

3 weeks ago

USAF chief loadmaster recalls the Green Ramp Disaster: the sad story of when an F-16 collided with a C-130 over Green Ramp and then crashed into a parked C-141

The C-141 Starlifter The C-141 Starlifter was the US Air Force’s first major jet aircraft designed to meet military standards… Read More

3 weeks ago

In the 1970s the Israeli Air Force picked the F-15 over the F-14 after having evaluated both the Eagle and the Tomcat. Here’s why.

F-14 Tomcat The F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle are two of the best (and two of the most beautiful)… Read More

4 weeks ago

US Navy A-1 pilot recalls when his section of Skyraider attack aircraft shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 fighter jet

The A-1 Skyraider The “Able Dog” or “Spad,” as the A-1 Skyraider was called, earned its stellar reputation as one… Read More

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