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America’s Top Ace Richard Bong nailed a crocodile With a burst of 20mm cannon fire from his P-38 to protect his comrades trying to rescue a fellow pilot who had been missing in the jungle

America’s Top Ace Richard Bong nailed a crocodile With a burst of 20mm cannon fire from his P-38 to protect his comrades trying to rescue a fellow pilot who had been missing in the jungle

America’s Top Ace Richard Bong After schooling in his hometown, Richard “Dick” Bong enlisted as a flying cadet at nearby… Read More

8 months ago

That time America’s Top Ace Richard Bong flew under the Golden Gate Bridge and buzzed downtown San Francisco Area flying his P-38 Lightning

In 1942 a young P-38 pilot flew his fighter under the Golden Gate Bridge and, just in case no one… Read More

1 year ago

Legendary Luftwaffe Bf 109 Ace Werner Mölders tells the story of when he was shot down by Armée de l’Air D.520 Ace René Pomier Layrargues

‘I am at about 800m, when suddenly there is a bang and the sparks fly across the cockpit. The throttle… Read More

2 years ago

The Experten: Analyzing Survival rates for Aces

From the earliest days of Air Combat through Vietnam, situational awareness played a key role, and we contend such is… Read More

2 years ago

Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland tells the story of when He nearly Burned to Death after his Messerschmitt Bf 109 was badly damaged by a RAF Spitfire

On Jun. 21, 1941, Galland had blasted a Spitfire out of a formation north-east of Boulogne. He watched the flaming… Read More

2 years ago

The Dogfight where Italian Macchi C.202 Fighters damaged the Spitfire of Future ranking Malta ace Sgt George Beurling

The Macchi C.202 Italian fighters, such as the Fiat G.50 and Macchi C.200, had always struggled with their straight-line speed… Read More

2 years ago

The Death of Hauptmann Eduard Tratt, the highest-scoring Zerstörer ace of World War II

His death signaled the end of the Luftwaffe’s ability to use the heavily armed twin-engine Me 110G and Me 410s… Read More

2 years ago

USAF Academy unveils Air Warrior Combat Memorial honoring ace pilot Robin Olds and air power

Robin Olds was a “triple ace" with 17 victories in World War II and the Vietnam War and commandant of… Read More

3 years ago

Did you know that the highest-scoring jet-mounted ace Giora Even-Epstein had also been the eldest Israeli pilot to fly an F-16?

“I flew the F-16 for nine years. Grandpa fighter pilot. Older than the parents of most of the young pilots… Read More

4 years ago

American Fighter Ace Eddie Rickenbacker Was Flying the Day Great War Ended. Here’s his Touching Account.

"Suddenly gray uniforms mixed with brown. I could see them hugging each other, dancing, jumping. Americans were passing out cigarettes… Read More

5 years ago

PHANTOMS PHOREVER! THE MIGHTY F-4, THE LEGENDARY ACE ROBIN OLDS AND OPERATION BOLO

Celebrating the Phantom retirement As the U.S. Air Force (USAF) bids farewell to its last QF-4s, we celebrate the Phantom… Read More

7 years ago