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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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    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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    B-52 Annihilates Taliban Weapons Factory. You Gotta See This Explosion!

    The United States Air Force isn’t messing around lately in Afghanistan. They are on a roll! Over the past week, deployed crews in Afghanistan launched F-22 strikes against Taliban drug facilities. This is was first such coordinated strike against drug making facilities. These facilities produce most of Afghanistan’s drugs that are exported. The profits from these drugs […] 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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    One Dead In Laughlin AFB T-38C Crash Near Del Rio, Texas

    UPDATED: Nove 21, 2017 10 PM CT: Laughlin Air Force Base cancelled all flying through the Thanksgiving holiday after yesterday’s crash that killed one pilot and injured another.  The name of the deceased has not been released yet pending next of kin notifications. Meanwhile, Laughlin AFB’s Wing Commander also released a heartfelt statement this evening […] More

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    Watch: Rare Video Shows Off The Pride Of North American Aviation’s Mid-Century Aircraft

    When North American Aviation produced the film “The North American Story” during the 1950s, their new F-100 Super Sabre fighter bomber had only been in service for a short time. The film features several variants of North American’s finest, including FJ Fury fighter bombers, F-86 Sabre fighters, BT-9 trainers, O-47 observation aircraft, XB-21 Dragon bombers, T-6/SNJ/Harvard […] More

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    The Mentor: Beechcraft’s T-34 Primary Trainer Was A Well-Played Gamble

    Beechcraft initially developed the T-34 Mentor (model 45) primary trainer from the popular Model 35 Bonanza as a private venture by Walter Beech. The Mentor featured a single horizontally-opposed reciprocating engine driving a two-bladed propeller, low mounted wing, standard tailplane design (the Bonanza’s V tail was considered), roomy tandem cockpit with dual controls under a […] More

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    Hand Salute: Happy Veterans Day From!

    Happy Veterans Day! From the grunts to the wing wipers, boomers and gas passers; to the brown shoes and the black shoes; wearers of desert boots, jungle boots, boondockers, jump boots, flight boots or deck boots; MOPPs, cranials, brain buckets, ACHs, MICHs, SPHs, HGUs, berets, boonie hats, pith helmets, leather helmets, dixie cups, 50-mission crush […] More

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    BREAKING: Saudi Desert Hawk Helicopter Crashes Killing 8 Including a Saudi Prince

    On Sunday November 5th late in the evening local time a Saudi Arabian military Sikorsky S-70A-L1 (UH-60L) Desert Hawk helicopter carrying a senior Saudi prince and seven other officials crashed near the Reda Reserve close to the Saudi border with Yemen about 837  kilometers (520 miles) southwest of Riyadh. All eight people aboard the helicopter […] More

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