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Samurai SURVIVOR

Zero ace Saburo Sakai

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November - December 2022

The Guys with the Wrenches

The pilots got the glory but the unknown heroes were the mechanics

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November - December 2022

EARLY CHANNEL BATTLES Spitfires fend off Me 109s

Of all the written accounts by the fighter pilots of the RAF during 1941, two stand out, in my opinion. Both were by pilots who flew Spitfire Mk Vs with 610 Squadron, which by summer 1941 was one of the squadrons under Wing Commander Douglas Bader. "Circuses" were usually composed of six bombers, escorted by many squadrons of fighters, typically Spitfire Mk Vs; the formation was called a "Beehive."

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November - December 2022

IVANS & INDIANS

Fighting the Allies with a Fw 190

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November - December 2022

RUFF STUFF

Memories of an early war South Pacific fighter pilot

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November - December 2022

DARK BLUE

Royal Navy Corsairs-the first to fly from carriers BY CLIVE ROWLEY, MBE RAF (RET.)`

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November - December 2022

BOMBING  THE BOMBERS

Me 262s take desperate measures against the Allies

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November - December 2022

MARVELOUS MUSTANGS

Pilots of the 78th FG trade in their P-47s for P-51s-and love them!

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November - December 2022

MARVELOUS MUSTANGS Pilots of the 78th FG trade in their P-47s for P-51s-and love them!

IN EARLY DECEMBER OF 1944, most of the pilots in the 78th Fighter Group, especially those with over 25 combat missions under their belts, felt "fat and sassy" flying the reliable and hard-hitting P-47 Thunderbolt. Seasoned pilots realized early on that the "Jug" was like a flying tank: one that could deliver deadly punishment to the enemy and absorb most anything thrown at it.

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November - December 2022

FM-2 Wildcat action in the battle of Leyte Gulf

IN MID-1943, the Grumman Aircraft Corp. began to deliver the F6F Hellcat-its latest and greatest fighter-to the U.S. Navy. It was fast, maneuverable, heavily armed and armored. It was built "Grumman tough" and soon earned the nickname "Ace Maker." As a replacement for its little brother, the F4F Wildcat, the Hellcat was everything the F4F wasn't.

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November - December 2022

The Fighting 56th BY STAN PIET

P-47D UN-V, NAMED "PAT," from the famed 56th FG, 63rd FS, prepares for another fighter sweep in support of the D-Day invasion. The second mount of Capt. Gordon S. Stevens, it survived until early September, when it was lost with Capt. Roy Fling at the controls. Stevens himself was lost in a "Pat" replacement on September 18, a victim of flak over Belgium.

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November - December 2022

The U.S. Mint Just Struck Morgan Silver Dollars for the First Time in 100 Years!

Struck in 99.9% Fine Silver for the First Time EVER!

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November - December 2022

RUTHLESS JUG JOCKEY Flying with the 317th Fighter Squadron BY LT. GEORGE NOVOTNY, USAAF RET.), AS TOLD TO AND WRITTEN BY JAMES P. BUSHA

I HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A FIGHTER PILOT, the man in charge,” if you will. After I had earned my wings in 1943, I was given the choice of single-engine fighters or bombers. Although multi-engines may have sounded safer, I knew that the only person who would be able to put my flying abilities to the test was me! I was sent to the 54th Fighter Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to begin my indoctrination into becoming a fighter pilot. Most of the guys in the group had just returned from combat in the Aleutian Islands and the whole group was getting ready to go to the Southwest Pacific.

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November - December 2022

SR-71 BLACKBIRD

Faster than a speeding bullet!

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September - October 2021

RARE BEAR

The wrecked F8F-2 Bearcat that became Air Racing’s winningest Unlimited racer

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September - October 2021

STRAIGHT WINGS VS. SWEPT WINGS

F-84 Thunderjets & MiG-15s over Korea

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September - October 2021

The Sleeping Pilot

IN JULY OF 1943, it was the same as now: sunshine was a treasured commodity in Oxfordshire, England. So, even in the middle of a war, when the sun came out and the guns were quiet, young men would do the natural thing and enjoy it in the most natural of ways: with an afternoon nap. The war be damned.

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September - October 2021

Mustang ACE of ACES - MAJOR GEORGE E. PREDDY

Squadron Leader Clive Rowley MBE RAF (Ret.), a former Royal Air Force fighter pilot, tells the story of USAAF fighter pilot and top-scoring Mustang ace George E. Preddy.

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September - October 2021

P-51: The 18th Fighter Bomber Group

With thousands of late-model P-51s available at the end of WW II, the Mustang became the predominant airframe inactive and guard units into the 1950s until they were supplanted by jets.

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September - October 2021

Fleet Finch

The classic WW II Canadian trainer

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September - October 2021

Impossible barriers are made to be broken

Few technologies have had such a rapid development and such a powerful impact on mankind as the invention of the airplane.

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March - April 2021

RAMPANT RAIDERS

April 25, 1967, VA-212 tests the A-4 to the limit

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March - April 2021

THE GROWLER

Boeing’s electronic attack weapon

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March - April 2021

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3

Authenticated by its log books, an N3N that 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush trained in is preserved and still flying—now owned by Stewart Wells.

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March - April 2021

Five-Gun Fury .

Lt. Floyd Fulkerson: Wingman to the Aces

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March - April 2021

YELLOW SCORPIONS - P-51 Mustangs rule the skies in China

Using Chinese airfields, the 311th Fighter Group was the first to take World War II to the Japanese. The 311th’s 530th Fighter Squadron, which became known as the “Yellow Scorpions,” was the first squadron based in China. During their combat tour, they flew A-36 dive bombers along with all versions of the P-51 (A, B, C and D). However, it was their expertise with P-51 B and C models that earned them the respect of Japanese pilots.

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January - February 2021

WACO “Super Sport” S3HD - A Golden Age king

The WACO “Super Sport” S3HD is often referred to as the “King of the WACO biplanes.” Built as only one example, it is the stuff of legends.

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January - February 2021

SPITFIRE WITH A PUNCH - ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER IN POLISH COLORS

Squadron Leader Clive Rowley, MBE RAF (Ret.), a former officer commanding the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, tells the story behind the latest color scheme for the Flight’s Spitfire Mk XVI TE311.

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January - February 2021

F-35B LIGHTNING II SEMPER FI

The JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) program is synonymous with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which ultimately won the competition against Boeing and its X-32. The JSF plan was to have a similar new fighter for the U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy and U.S. allies: Build a bunch and keep the price tag down. It has been a success story since then.

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January - February 2021

DEFENDER OF THE REICH WW II as seen by a Luftwaffe Ace

Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring was in rare form, his eyes full of fire as he faced one of the better known of Germany’s aces, Oberst Walther Dahl. “Göring’s reply astonished even me,” Dahl remembered. “In the presence of pilots with heads, arms and legs in plaster, he yelled: ‘You cowards! Now I know why your Geschwader holds the record for parachute jumps: you jump so as not to fight.’

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January - February 2021

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