How Australian Meteors Fought MiGs in Korea

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter aircraft and was the only jet aircraft the Allies used in engaging combat operations during WWII.   Entering Service The Meteor first entered service in WWII, and while it was used in actual combat, it never fought against its German counterpart Me-262.  The service that took it […] More

WW2’s Most Controversial Aircraft

During the time when the majority of the Royal Air Force four-engine bombers were twin-engine designs, the Short Stirling was designed as a four-engine heavy bomber. It soon became, the foundation of British heavy bomber groups from January 1941.  Packing a Powerful Punch The Short Stirling was developed due to an RAF requirement in the […] More

That Time A Japanese Pilot Got Help From An American Pilot

On March 5, 1944, in the Pacific, US fighter aces are jockeying for position, trying to beat a victory count of a record held since World War I. Eddy Rickenbacker’s 26 victories have never been beaten.  Stiff Competition Neel Kearby has 21 victories and he got his eye on Rickenbacker’s record. He is on his […] More

D-Day From the Perspective of a P-51 Mustang Pilot

During the summer of 1944, the fight in the battle of Europe is approaching a crucial moment. This moment would end up being June 6, 1944, D-Day. As the soldiers on the ground prepare to storm the beaches, they would need cover from the air, from the brave men of the Eight Air Force, men […] More

The F-15N Sea Eagle – The F-14’s Rival

The F-15 Eagle is a truly great aircraft that was developed over the lessons of air combat learned in Vietnam.  In the 1970s, McDonnell Douglas proposed a navalized version of the F-15, the F-15N Sea Eagle.  Most Capable Air Superiority Aircraft The Sea Engle was built to be the most capable air superiority aircraft possible […] More

How The Huey Changed EVERYTHING

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (nicknamed “Huey”) is the first proper utility helicopter and the last chopper out of Saigon. In this post, we take a look at this iconic chopper.  New Breed In the Korean War, the idea of having a flying ambulance became a reality. It was the first battlefield use of helicopters, offering […] More

How America’s Ultimate Bomber Evolved – The B-52

Loud, unreliable, killed more pilots than most of the other bombers in the US fleet, yet more than seven decades after its first flight, it’s still in operational service.  In this post, we’ll walk you through how the B-52 became what it is today, and why on earth hasn’t been replaced.  Shiny New Bomber After […] More

P-51 pilot Refuses orders and Spares Enemy

On August 24, 1944, 1st Lt. William R. Preddy of the 503rd Fighter Squadron was on his P-51 Mustang nicknamed “Rusty.”  “Rusty” Lt. William’s Mustang was nicknamed Rusty for a particular reason- it’s made of multiple scrapped Mustangs, and his old engine always had problems.  On that day, he received a new engine, a new […] More

The Missile With A Man In It – The F-104 Starfighter

The F-104 Starfighter was an innovative aircraft that high-altitude flight during the Cold War. The plane was developed to be an interceptor and tactical fighter for the USAF as well as its NATO allies.  The Starfighter MiG-15s were small, fast, and agile in combat. Some American fighters thought they were outmaneuvered by the enemy. Kelly […] More

XB-70 VALKYRIE | Wake Vortex crash explained

The Valkyrie was the biggest and fastest nuclear strike bomber ever made and could fly its entire mission at an impressive Mach 3.  It was a remarkable design with many innovations that pushed the boundaries of aeronautic propulsion and materials.  Wake Vortex However, the Valkyrie’s history was cut short, and only two of these planes […] More

The American Plane Reinvented to be Unstoppable

The Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler is a twin-engine, four-seat, mid-wing, electronic warfare plane that was used by the US Marine Corps and the US Navy.  No other aircraft design can match its prowess when it comes to electronic warfare. It also accommodates a trio of electronic countermeasures officers.  Electronic Warfare Initially, the Air Force and […] More

The Fighter that Crushed Every Soviet Aircraft it Could

At the height of the Korean War, the F-84 Thunderjet was developed to be the P-47 Thunderbolt,’s successor. Soon, the aircraft would find itself face to face with its most deadly adversary, the Soviet-built MiG-15.  Outmatched, outpaced, but never outdone, this jet created a legacy of its own. Beginnings In 1944, Alexander Kartveli, the mastermind […] More

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