Aviation History

The story of when USAF F-16 fighter jets shot down Five (not four) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia J-21 Jastrebs during Operation Deny Flight

The story of when USAF F-16 fighter jets shot down Five (not four) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia J-21 Jastrebs during Operation Deny Flight

Soko J-21 Jastrebs and Soko J-22 Oraos take off to attack Armija Bosnia and Herzegovina facilities At 06:00 on Feb.… Read More

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B-58 navigator recalls dropping Mark-53 nuclear bomb (without plutonium pit) while flying at 500 feet and at 628 knots, low level recce missions, dinner with Doolittle Raiders and Jimmy Stewart

B-58 Navigator The US Air Force’s first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. In addition… Read More

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The Minerve (i.e. a sort of ‘tricolor B-58 Hustler’) and the French bombers that never were

The French bombers that never were: the Mirage IVB and the Minerve In 1957, when the Mirage IVA programme had… Read More

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USAF Avionics Technician explains why Scaled Composites ARES was like a mini A-10 Warthog

The Scaled Composites ARES Agile Responsive Effective Support (ARES) is a full-scale proof-of-concept demonstrator that was developed as a concept… Read More

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The night Chinese scrambled 12 MiGs to intercept a lone CIA B-17 Spy Plane. They failed, and two of them crashed.

The MiG-17 The Soviet MiG-17 (NATO code-name "Fresco") was designed to replace the famous MiG-15 of the Korean War. Although… Read More

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The day Göring asked German aviation engineers to build the Mosquito: when Reich Marshal went mad because ‘The Wooden Wonder’ attacked Berlin on 10th anniversary of the Nazi Party

The de Havilland Mosquito The hugely versatile and high-performance DH98 Mosquito was unquestionably de Havilland’s greatest contribution to the success of the RAF in the Second… Read More

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Six Turning, Four Burning: The story of how the Iconic B-36 Peacemaker got the Jet Engines

The Peacemaker Conceived during 1941 in case Germany occupied Britain, when US bombers would then have insufficient range to retaliate,… Read More

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VF-51 Screaming Eagles F-4 Phantom II’s Flamboyant Markings in Vietnam were devised to be a magnet for enemy MiGs

The F-4 Phantom II In response to Navy requirements for a high-altitude interceptor to defend carriers with long-range air-to-air missiles… Read More

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All good things must come to an end: USMC marks graduation of last AV-8B Harrier II pilots

Graduation of last USMC AV-8B Harrier II pilots The AV-8B Harrier II Fleet Replacement Detachment (FRD), Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)… Read More

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