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    B-58 Hustlers Were Sonic Booming and Record Setting Machines

    Convair’s B-58 Hustler was a record-setting machine back when it was introduced in 1960. The builders of the jet produced a Progress Report film during 1961 highlighting the fact that at the time the B-58 was “swift, capable, versatile, and operational.” Hustlers flying low and very fast are seen setting several records. The film, uploaded […] More

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    The Gutless Cutlass: This Vought Jet Was So Bad Pilots Landed and Quit Flying!

    The Vought F7U Cutlass carrier-based jet fighter was one of the most unusual designs ever produced for the United States Navy (USN). Designed as the company’s entry in a 1945 carrier-based jet fighter design competition requiring capability to fly at 600 miles per hour (970 km/h) at 40,000 feet (12,000 m), the aircraft featured broad-chord, […] More

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    Operation Deep Freeze Has Been Cold Chilling Way Down Under Since 1955

    Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), the collective name for scientific research in Antarctica, has been ongoing since 1955. Over the years the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Navy (USN) have been flying supplies and personnel to the American and select foreign outposts there using a variety of aircraft. The longest-serving of these ODF […] More

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    This Wild Weasel F-16 Has Amassed More Flight Hours Than Most of Its Pilots

    The United States Air Force (USAF) has been operating General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon jets since 1978. F-16s have served everywhere and done just about everything. The F-16 with the most flight time still operated by the USAF is currently 90-0808, affectionately known as “BOB.” The jet deployed for Operations Iraqi Freedom in 2007, New […] More

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    This Cold-War Fighter Looked Like A Million Bucks But Never Really Got Off the Ground

    Almost immediately after the end of World War II the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) requested a long-range jet-powered penetration/bomber escort. Lockheed’s designers, including the famous Kelly Johnson and his Skunk Works team, submitted their XP-90 design. As with almost every jet-powered aircraft of that time, the XP-90 was to be powered by an […] More

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    Smoke On! Midshipmen’s Uniforms to honor Blue Angels at Army-Navy Game

    PENSACOLA, Fla. — As the Midshipmen take the field for the 118th Army-Navy Game, their uniforms and helmets will honor the Navy’s elite flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels. The annual football game will be played from Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on December 9 (CBS-TV). “Although the uniform departs from our customary characteristics, this tribute to the […] More

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    United’s Brand New DC-8 Jet Shined In This 1960s Hollywood Produced Film

    When Cate & McGlone of Hollywood produced the film “JET MAINLINER Flight 803” for United Airlines in 1960, the subject of the film, the Douglas DC-8-21 airliner, had been in production for only a few months. Many of United’s initial batch of DC-8s were DC-8-11s which were upgraded to DC-8-12s and subsequently brought up to […] More

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    What A Magnificent Craft She Was: The Space Shuttle On Approach

    It’s hard to believe that we are approaching 7 years since America launched its own human-carrying craft into space.  The last Space Shuttle mission landed on July 21, 2011.  Since that date, Americans must rely on Russian Soyuz rockets to the International Space Station.  Getting there isn’t cheap. The Russians charge almost $60M per seat!  […] More

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    This Is How WWII-era Navy PBM Mariner Flying Boats Went Back To War In Korea

    This video, transferred from 16 millimeter film, documents VP-731 (later VP-48) operating Martin PBM-5 Mariners from Naval Station Sangley Point in the Philippines. VP-731 was activated in response to the outbreak of war in Korea. Initially deployed to Buckner Bay in Okinawa with the support of seaplane tender USS Suisun (AVP-53), VP-731 also operated from […] More

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    BREAKING: Navy Identifies The Three Sailors Lost In November 22nd COD Crash

    The United States Navy has identified the three sailors lost in the November 22nd 2017 crash at sea of the VRC-30 Providers Detachment 5 We Deliver Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound COD aircraft. The three sailors killed in the crash are Lieutenant Steven Combs, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Chialastri, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan […] More

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    The First American Covert Overflights of the Soviet Union

    Overflights started way before the U-2… The introduction of nuclear weapons at the end of the Second World War had a profound influence in many combat doctrines and none nowhere else as much as that of airborne reconnaissance. In November 1945, General Henry “Hap” Arnold of the US Army Air Forces warned the US government […] More

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