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Looking Over The Edge

by Keith “Rosey” Rosenkranz Aviators who’ve been to “the edge of the envelope” definitely know the name “Chuck Yeager.” On Oct. 14, 1947, the legendary test pilot became the first person to fly supersonic,...

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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....