The Most Mysterious Ghost Plane of WWII

New Faces A new B-24D Liberator was assigned to the 514th Bomb Squadron of the Air Force in 1943. There, it was given the name, “Lady Be Good” – a reference to the musical, and was assigned a fresh new crew. The crew members arrived in Libya just weeks before they got their first mission […] More

5 Challenges Bailing Out Of a WWII Plane

1. Cockpit Design For some planes, opening the cockpit can be a bit problematic. When planes would get hit, it could damage the engine and the controls needed to open the cockpit. Though some planes like the P-51 had an easier time opening the canopy. In such airplanes, a pilot would only slide the canopy […] More

Accidentally Taking Off with Wings Still Folded in Half

A Crucial Mistake Forgetting to use your seatbelts in a car is one thing, forgetting to unfold your plane’s wings is a whole other story. On January 22, 1968, a pilot of the VF-53 Navy squadron aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard took off at night with his F-8 Crusader. It was supposed to be […] More

An American Pilot Crashes His Own Plane to Save his Wingman

Forming Bonds and Earning Respect The two friends first met aboard USS Leyte in 1950. Hudner was assigned to the VF-32 where he piloted the F4U Corsair alongside his wingman, Jesse Brown. Brown faced discrimination growing up in the early 1900s. Still, he became the first African-American to complete the Navy’s basic flight training program. […] More

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