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It’s a Family Affair: The Danielsons Legacy of Service

It’s a Family Affair: The Danielsons Legacy of Service

Ben Danielson as a Lieutenant, in front of his T-38 trainer. Cadet William Danielson is a junior in the AFROTC program at Washington State University. He was awarded a Daedalian Foundation matching scholarship tied to Inland Empire Flight 41 in December. However, the...

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TRUST AND TECH: AI EDUCATION IN THE MILITARY

TRUST AND TECH: AI EDUCATION IN THE MILITARY

by Joseph O. Chapa, via War on the RocksCommentary originally published March 2, 2021 The average life expectancy of a non-instrument trained pilot in instrument conditions is 178 seconds — or so says a 1954 study that pilots have referenced ever since. The...

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America’s Most Unsung Hero: Eugene James Bullard

America’s Most Unsung Hero: Eugene James Bullard

FROM THE ARCHIVES – Daedalus Flyer Summer 2018by John Lowery Few people know the saga of America’s first black military fighter pilot, with the nom-de guerre of “The Black Swallow of Death.” To say that Eugene James Bullard, America’s first black military pilot,...

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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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