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    When is a B-24 Not a B-24? When it is a PB4Y-2, Of Course!

    The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer is a World War II and Korean War era US Navy patrol bomber that evolved from the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. The Navy used unmodified B-24s as the PB4Y-1 Liberator. Although successful, the Navy wanted a fully navalized design, and Consolidated, beginning with the B-24 aircraft, developed a dedicated long-range patrol bomber […] More

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    How Well Do You Know Your Aardvarks?

    Failure or success?  It depends how you look at it. The holy grail of fighter aircraft is one aircraft that meets the operational requirements of both the Air Force and the Navy. The most current attempt at a multi-service design is the Lockheed Martin F-35 “Lighting II.” Historically, the result of such ambitious efforts is […] More

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    PHOTO ESSAY: The WWII Museum Is an Avgeek Must-See!

    The National World War II (WWII) Museum in New Orleans covers all aspects of WWII. It emphasizes the personal dimensions of combat, often told through first-hand combat accounts of soldiers, sailors, Marines, as well as seen by politicians and civilians. Still, no account of WWII is complete without recognizing the aircraft that were instrumental (or […] More

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    Broken Windows and Warheads on Foreheads: The Thunderchiefs of Vietnam Got It Done

    The ‘Thud’ had quite an amazing career of dropping bombs and breaking cadet windows. The best laid military plans…often get changed! Consider the B-52, built as a strategic nuclear weapons carrier, adapted to carpet bombing with conventional bombs. Similarly, the Air Force’s Republic F-105 Thunderchief was originally designed as a single-seat, supersonic fighter-bomber designed to […] More

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    The End is Near For USAF QF-4 Phantoms

    The QF-4 Aerial Target is a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter modified into a remotely piloted aerial target. The QF-4 provides a realistic target for live-fire air-to-air missile testing, as well other anti-aircraft weapons systems. The last operational flight of F-4 Phantoms occurred in 1996. The following year, the QF-4 program was established. Retired […] More

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    I flew the White Rocket: My T-38 Experience

    The T-38 is a beautiful machine that is nearing the end of its service life over the next 5-7 years.  A T-X competition is underway to determine its replacement.  Our resident aviator, shares his fascinating memories of T-38 training. In 1970, Air Force flight training was divided into three phases, primary flight in the Cessna […] More

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    We Take A Look At The Jets Competing To Replace The T-38

    Beginning in 2003, the US Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command (AETC) set its sights on replacing the T-38 Advanced Jet Trainer. The T-38 first flew in 1959, and became operational in 1961. More than 1100 aircraft were built. The T-38 is still the Air Force’s advanced jet trainer for Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot […] More

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    The First Transatlantic Jet Airliner Flight Was Also Its Swan Song

    A “First Flight” for a passenger aircraft that was its swan song! Fifty-eight years ago, on October 4, 1958 British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) operated the first transatlantic jet service with the de Havilland Comet 4. BOAC was also the first airline to offer jet passenger service across Europe and into Africa operating the de […] More

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    The World’s First Drone Flew For The First Time 98 Years Ago Today

    The world’s first drone was a crude cruise missile that could hit a target up to 75 miles away. Germany’s V-1 “Buzz Bomb” was an early version of a cruise missile, but not the first! In 1918 during World War I, the US Army contracted Charles Kettering of Dayton, Ohio to design and build an […] More

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    Eight Notable Presidential Campaign Aircraft That Changed The Speed Of Politics

    Airplanes have revolutionized our nation and changed the way candidates campaign. The airplane has been an important campaign tool for presidential candidates from the early 1950s. Not all candidates, however have had a dedicated campaign plane. Many simply used on-demand charters of business aircraft. And very few actually had access to aircraft owned by them […] More

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