U.S. Army Air Corps

The story of Alan E. Magee, the B-17 belly gunner who survived a 20,000-foot fall without parachute from his damaged Flying Fortress

The story of Alan E. Magee, the B-17 belly gunner who survived a 20,000-foot fall without parachute from his damaged Flying Fortress

B-17 belly gunner Alan E. Magee SSgt Alan E. Magee, belly gunner of the B-17F Flying Fortress 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle!… Read More

7 months ago

The day a B-25 Mitchell WWII medium bomber crashed into the Empire State Building

The B-25 Mitchell The B-25 Mitchell medium bomber was one of America's most famous airplanes of World War II. It… Read More

9 months ago

From World War II B-17 pilot Colin P. Kelly to the “Ghost of Kyiv:” How Legends give Nations hope during Time of War

As the legend of the Ghost of Kyiv grows, we are reminded of another wartime story which also gave a… Read More

2 years ago

The “Candy Bomber” Col. Gail Halvorsen passes away at 101. He went down in History for his Selfless Acts during the Berlin Airlift in 1948 and 1949.

Retired Col. Gail Halvorsen, also known as the "Candy Bomber," rocked the wings of his C-54 Skymaster aircraft as he… Read More

2 years ago

Untouchable by enemy flak: here’s why the B-36 Peacemaker would have been an awesome strategic bomber during World War II

The B-36 Peacemaker strategic bomber was unveiled on Aug. 20, 1945 (three months after V-E Day), and flew for the… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the Hawaiian Air Depot scheme, the most unusual B-17 Flying Fortress livery of World War II

Subsequent to the Pearl Harbor attack, it was decided that all B-17 Flying Fortress bombers based in Hawaii needed more… Read More

3 years ago

USAF Recruiting Service unveils Tuskegee Airmen’s P-51 Mustang paint scheme for Indy 500, NASCAR races

The paint scheme is inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen’s P-51 Mustang used during World War II. The iconic red tail… Read More

3 years ago

Watch the trailer of Red Tail Angels, the Tuskegee Airmen documentary series produced by USAF

“The Red Tailed Angels” documentary series showcases the hardships, struggles and ultimately the successes of the Tuskegee Airmen. In commemoration… Read More

3 years ago

The story of Cross Country, the only YB-29 Bomber Escorter ever built

While waiting for an effective long-range fighter escort to be developed, the USAAC directed in August 1941 that each new… Read More

4 years ago

How a Luftwaffe Sharkmouthed Me 110 inspired Flying Tigers’ legendary tiger mouth insignia

Former Army Air Corps pilot Erik Shilling ended up creating the insignia that would forever be linked with the American… Read More

4 years ago

The Death of a Flying Tiger Ace: the Final Flight of Bill Reed, China’s Shining Mark

Bill Reed's engine went silent when he was about 20 miles from Liangshan airfield. Despite what misgivings he may have… Read More

4 years ago

THE STORY OF THE B-29 SUPERFORTRESS NAVIGATOR WHO PHOTOGRAPHED THE FIRST NUCLEAR MISSION

The first nuclear mission The following article was originally titled Atomic Exposure: USAAF navigator photographed first nuclear missions and was written… Read More

7 years ago