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Desert Storm: 30 Years Later

Desert Storm: 30 Years Later

The AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to release a special report on the 30th anniversary of the start of Desert Storm, Desert Storm: 30 Years Later. According to the U.S. Government Accounting Office, the Persian Gulf War of 1991 “was...

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Why Was the A-1E Used In-Lieu-Of Jet Aircraft in Vietnam?

Why Was the A-1E Used In-Lieu-Of Jet Aircraft in Vietnam?

by Lt. Col. John Larrison, USAF (Ret.) To answer this question, we need to go back to the French battles with the Viet Minh at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam.  The French used the B-26 in their failed combat actions to save the garrison at Dien Bien Phu.  With the downfall of...

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The Old Man and the New Plane

The Old Man and the New Plane

by Lt. Col. Michael A. Buck, USAF (Ret.), Former Commander 186th Fighter Squadron A History of the 186th Aero Squadron in the Great War, Part 3 28 August – 30 October 1918   The 186th left Le Havre, France, by rail on the morning of 29 August 1918.  The men rode...

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Bureacracy Never Dies

Bureacracy Never Dies

Shared by our friends at the DCMA Boeing Seattle Contract Management Office (CMO) Col. Corkille Col. John D. Corkille was an early U.S. Army Air Corps aviator who flew in WWI, the 1923 Bendix Air Races, the ill-fated Martin Bomber flight to Alaska, and was lead test...

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T-6 Gear Check via a Control Tower Fly-By

T-6 Gear Check via a Control Tower Fly-By

by Lt. Col. John Larrison (USAF, Ret.)  It is not uncommon for a pilot to request a control tower “Fly-By” for the tower personnel to provide a “visual” check of his landing gear when the pilot questions his cockpit indicators.  The following story took...

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NORAD Santa Tracker Celebrates 65th Anniversary

NORAD Santa Tracker Celebrates 65th Anniversary

Taylor E. Watson NORAD celebrates its 65th year of tracking Santa this December 24th. The tradition began in 1955 when a child dialed a misprinted number from a newspaper ad encouraging kids to call Santa. The phone was picked up by Colonel Henry Shoup, Director of...

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Passing of a Space Pioneer

Passing of a Space Pioneer

by Col. Joe Fitzpatrick, USAF (Ret.) and Lt Col. Bill Allgaier, USAF (Ret.) Kitty Hawk and Harley H. Pope Flights recently learned that Colonel Francis “Joe” Hale took his last flight this past spring. It’s been a number of years since Colonel Hale attended one of our...

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To The King!

To The King!

 by Lt. Col. Michael A. Buck, USAF (Ret.), Former Commander 186th Fighter Squadron A History of the 186th Aero Squadron in the Great War, Part 2 16 February – 27 August 1918 “We landed a bit short” A less-than-textbook landing in an Avro: 186th Aero Squadron training...

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Over There!

Over There!

 by Lt. Col. Michael A. Buck, USAF (Ret.), Former Commander 186th Fighter Squadron A History of the 186th Aero Squadron in the Great War, Part 1 16 November 1917 – 16 February 1918  “Extra!” shouted the newsboy on the corner.  “Congress declares war on Germany! ...

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