The Worst Possible Way To Lose a B-17 Bomber

Mission: Bomb Berlin On May 19, 1944, the 331st Bomb Squadron of the 94th Bomb Group journeyed towards Germany from a base in England. That day, B-17 bombers were tasked to go over Berlin for a bombing mission. One of the participating B-17s, named Miss Donna Mae, was piloted by First Lieutenant Marion Reid. They […] More

5 Facts About The Fascinating U2

Just like the B-52 Stratofortress, the U-2 Dragon Lady is still actively used today. This high-altitude reconnaissance plane just keeps getting better and better.   1. More Than 60 Years In Service Its first flight was 67 years ago and was in service about a year later. It could fly up to 70,000 feet and […] More

5 Interesting Questions Answered By An Actual SR-71 Pilot

Why does the nose come off? The SR-71 had three types of nose cones. Training noses that only had weights for simulation, radar noses to fit radar instruments, and a nose cone to fit a camera. The camera is commonly referred to as “The Country’s Camera” since it can take a picture 72 miles wide.  […] More

Underwater Aircraft Carriers: Imperial Japan’s Secret Weapon

A Hail Mary The Japanese Navy needed a revolutionary weapon of mass destruction capable of turning the tides of the war. One such idea came in the form of a submarine that doubles as an aircraft carrier. Merging the stealth capabilities of a submarine and strike capabilities of carriers, the I-400 was already too good […] More

5 Facts About Japan’s Ultra Agile Fighter, the “Ki-27”

1. First Low-Wing Monoplane Fighter of Japan Japan was looking for their first low-wing monoplane to replace their Ki-10 biplane fighter. The Ki-27 won due to its low wing loading and good maneuverability. The lack of more armaments meant it weighed considerably lesser than Western fighters.   2. Quick and Agile This highly nimble fighter […] More

5 Facts About Charles Bronson Serving In WWII

1. He had a foreign accent Despite being born and raised in the US, his fellow servicemen thought he was from another country because of his strong foreign accent. Growing up in a Lithuanian household, it wasn’t until Bronson (born Charles Buchinksy) was a teenager that he learned how to properly speak English.   2. […] More

When two B17s flew piggyback

The Mission On December 31, 1944, Glenn Rojohn and his crew were in their B-17G for a bombing mission over Hamburg. This time, the Germans fought hard and met the bombers with anti-aircraft guns. The number of Flak shells in the air severely hampered their visibility and coordination.   Aggressive Bf 109s While on their […] More