Mitsubishi Zero

The Story of the Ki-43 Hayabusa pilot that claimed the shooting down of four USAAF P-38 Lightnings in an air battle that never was

The Story of the Ki-43 Hayabusa pilot that claimed the shooting down of four USAAF P-38 Lightnings in an air battle that never was

The alleged exploits of Warrant Officer Shiromoto Nauharu Hayabusa pilot over the Solomon Islands on Jan. 31, 1943 became legendary… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s why an Imperial Japanese fighter pilot’s first encounter with the F6F Hellcat was usually his last

Outperforming the famous Japanese A6M Zero, the F6F Hellcat achieved an amazing 19:1 kill ratio, downing 5,156 enemy aircraft in… Read More

3 years ago

The story of Koga’s Zero, the captured A6M that helped the F6F Hellcat become the most effective carrier fighter of World War II

Perhaps the most significant Zero captured during World War II, and the one that contributed most to Allied victory in… Read More

3 years ago

Buffalo flop! The story of the Brewster F2A, the aircraft deemed superior to Grumman’s F4F but that was totally outclassed by Japanese fighters

The Buffalo won a competition against the Grumman F4F Wildcat in 1939 to become the US Navy's first monoplane fighter aircraft. Designed and… Read More

4 years ago

How low did he go? F-14 Pilots who helped filming “The Final Countdown” on how low the Tomcat pulled out during the Zero dogfight scene

The dogfight between US Navy F-14 Tomcats and Japanese Zero fighters in The Final Countdown movie The interesting video in… Read More

4 years ago

We Killed Yamamoto: a detailed description of the P-38 assassination of the man behind Pearl Harbor

Yamamoto's plane was no longer in sight; dominating the horizon was a column of black smoke boiling from the dense… Read More

4 years ago

How Japanese Zero-sen naval aviators turned the obsolete V formation into a formidable tactics in dealing with allied fighters during the early stages of the Pacific War

An Allied fighter pilot who managed to get an A6M in his gunsight would typically find himself quickly targeted by… Read More

4 years ago

Here’s how Cactus Air Force was able to Repel every Japanese Assault during the Battle of Guadalcanal

The Cactus Air Force, primarily flying the rugged Wildcat fighter and the incomparable Dauntless divebomber, weathered every Japanese assault and… Read More

5 years ago

F-14 Pilot’s Unreleased Notes on Filming “The Final Countdown”

One of the F-14 pilots who flew in The Final Countdown shares his personal notes on the movie that introduced… Read More

5 years ago

The Story of the First Kamikaze Attack in World War II

At 1053 hours on the morning of Oct. 25, 1944, an A6M5 Zeke deliberately hit USS St. Lo (CVE-63), survivor… Read More

5 years ago

REMEMBERING JIM HUSTON, THE NAVAL FLIGHT OFFICER WHO FILMED THE AERIAL SEQUENCES OF “THE FINAL COUNTDOWN” CULT MOVIE

While in the Jolly Rogers, Jim Huston participated in making the movie “The Final Countdown,” filming several scenes with a… Read More

7 years ago

WHEN THE OLD MEETS THE NEW: WWII FIGHTER PILOT WHO FLEW THE ORIGINAL P-38 LIGHTNING GETS A GLIMPSE ON THE F-35 LIGHTNING II AND SHARES STORIES

WWII fighter pilot who flew the original P-38 Lightning gets a glimpse of the F-35 Lightning II Retired Maj. Earl Conrad… Read More

7 years ago