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    Hell Hath No Fury Like a Sea Fury

    One of the few prop fighters to shoot down a jet.  The Sea Fury was fierce. On February 21st 1945, the prototype Hawker Sea Fury flew for the first time. The Hawker Sea Fury was designed by legendary British designer Sydney Camm and manufactured by Hawker for the Royal Navy, but began as an effort […]

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    Japan Never Saw It Coming Thanks To These Brave Men

    Deception, heroism, and smart planning by Task Force 58 led to a successful wave of attacks that crippled imperial Japanese forces in the Pacific. Between the 16th and 17th of February 1945, US Navy Task Force 58 conducted the first carrier-based strikes against the Japanese home islands since the Doolittle Raid in April of 1942. The […]

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    Operation Jericho: Heroic RAF Pilots Used Mosquitos to Bust German Prison Camps in WWII

    It was a controversial raid with mixed results, but the concept of precision attack was ahead of its time. On February 18th 1944, the Royal Air Force sent nine de Havilland Mosquitos and a dozen escorting Hawker Typhoons to attack Amiens Prison in German-occupied northern France. Dubbed Operation Jericho, the attack was carried out with […]

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    Flown By Aces, The F4U Corsair Carried Allies To Victory In The Pacific

    The Corsair proves that early technical setbacks can be overcome. On February 13th 1943, the Vought F4U Corsair flew its first operational mission when Guadalcanal-based Marine Fighter Squadron 124 (VMF-124) F4U-1 Corsairs escorted U. S. Army Air Corps B-24 Liberator bombers on a raid against Kahili Airfield on Bougainville. They encountered no enemy aircraft on […]

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    Flashback Friday: A record-setting flight by a “fast” female pilot

    Learn about a record-setting flight and the pioneering female aviator who was at the controls. On April 22, 1961 a Lockheed L-1329 JetStar flew from New Orleans to Bonn and set 18 world records, according to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. And according to the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission, the flight “…set more speed and […]

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    If The Nazis Didn’t Kill You On A Mission, The Spartan Lancaster Could

    “The biggest threat wasn’t the Germans.  It was the cold.” Aviation was pretty spartan back in the 40s by today’s standards.  The aircraft wasn’t pressurized, heat was nearly non-existent and the quarters were cramped.  There were operational hazards at every turn. If every bit of exposed skin wasn’t covered, you could get frost bite in […]

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    Avro Lancaster Purrs To Life On A Summer Morning

    The WWII era bomber comes to life in this mesmerizing clip. I don’t know about you, but I could watch any world war tow piston engine start up and idle for days! In this video clip, published on July 9th of 2012, an Avro Lancaster whose name is Just Jane sits so quietly on the ground that […]