Category: contrails

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T-BIRD BOMB BURST

BY GEN. MERRILL A. (TONY) MCPEAK , Del Rio could be the movie set of a West Texas border town. It’s windy, and the weather tends toward seasonal extremes. A large U.S. Air Force...

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KILLING TRAINS

By  Ed Rasimus (Excerpted from When Thunder Rolled: An F-105 Pilot over North Vietnam) Our target for the day was a bridge at Bac Ninh on the northeast railroad. Ingress could be along the...

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FAREWELL FLIGHT

FAREWELL FLIGHT by Capt. William R. Tymczyszyn I hoped we’d fly together again someday, but I didn’t know just when. Then a sense of something special came over me, as I released the brakes...

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GORILLA – THE FIRST JET-POWERED PRIMATE

by William B.Scott At the dawn of the jet age, a small group of test pilots, engineers, technicians and maintenance troops secretly evaluated the Bell XP-59A, America’s first military jet, at the remote Materiel...

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B-52 STRIKE ON IRAQ

January 16, 1991; 1900 Hours: “We’re going!” That simple announcement from “Moondog,” our radar navigator, triggered a flurry of activity. We were going to war with Iraq. Jamming last-minute gear into our helmet bags...

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THE FIRST NIGHTHAWKS

  by William B. Scott Depicting a symbolic nighthawk in flight and worn on a man’s suit lapel, it’s just a small, innocuous silver pin. But a red ruby in the hawk’s eye silently...

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CROP-DUSTING IN IDAHO

By John Bigelow By early summer, 1959, my friend, Murray, an ex-F-86 fighter jock fresh from the Royal Canadian Air Force, and I, a furloughed Canadian C-46 copilot, were newly graduated crop-dusters. Murray had...

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Scrambled Eggs–Vietnam-Style

By Maj. Tony Geishauser (USA-Ret.) It started as just another routine day at the office. Of course, my office happened to be the cockpit of a U.S. Army UH-1 “Huey” helicopter flying over Vietnam....