10 Thunderchief Facts- A Fascinating Aircraft

1. Used in Operation Rolling Thunder A massive aerial bombardment campaign launched by the US against Vietnam saw the heavy use of Thunderchiefs and Phantoms. The former flew 75 percent of the strikes and as a result, took the most losses than any other aircraft. After the end of the operation, more than half of […] More

5 Facts About The Forgotten “Convair YB-60”

1. Came From the B-36s In March 1951, the US Air Force gave a contract to Convair to convert the older B-36Fs to the newer B-36Gs. After much planning and deliberation, the proposed aircraft was too different from the B-36 models. Even though it shared 72% of its parts with the B-36, the name was […] More

10 Ways Spitfires Kept Getting Better

1. Elliptical Wings The way its wings were designed made it fly as smoothly as possible. Spitfires could recover by pushing the nose down when facing the problem of stalling. The pre-stall buffet warnings also helped pilots determine if a stall would happen soon. 2. Improved Horsepower From the start, the Spitfire could only put […] More

The B-58 Hustler: 5 Reasons It Was A Big Headache

Presence of SAMs The threat of the SA-2 Guideline did not do the B-58 any favors. In order to stave off the missiles, the B-58 had to fly at lower altitudes but the denser air meant it could not reach supersonic speeds. Constant Repairs A warbird getting repaired is a normal thing. But if your […] More

5 Reasons Cancelling the P6M SeaMaster Was A Mistake

Impressive Range The SeaMaster had a reconnaissance range of 2083 miles. It could have played a big role in reconnaissance missions as it could also hold a massive high-altitude reconnaissance camera weighing 4,000 lbs and 27 M120 cameras. However, its main use wasn’t for reconnaissance alone.  Big Payload It could hold 30,000 lbs of payload […] More

10 Facts About B-17 Combat From A WWII Vet Himself

1. Threat of Flaks The presence of Flaks made it hell for B-17s to operate safely. Flak bombs were designed to fly straight into the air and explode, causing shrapnel to scatter around their vicinity. If two of the four B-17 engines were hit, they were forced to bail out or force a landing because […] More

10 Most “Realistic” War Movies According To Veterans

10. Jarhead Getting the 10th spot is “Jarhead”, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Though some might say that the marine antiques were played up, veterans favored this movie for its depiction of downtime and instant action during deployment.  9. Lone Survivor This movie, starring Mark Wahlberg, features communication errors and questions about one’s morality. Veterans applauded the […] More

7 Ways “Platoon” Was Influenced By Actual Vietnam War Experiences

1. Veteran First, Then Director Being a veteran of the Vietnam War helped film director, Oliver Stone, to make the widely-acclaimed film “Platoon”. Through Stone’s experiences, viewers could watch what an American soldier’s day-to-day life looked like during the war. 2. Horrors of War Most of the ambush scenes depicted in the film were from […] More

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