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Famous pilot and historian Walter J. Boyne explains why the 10:1 victory loss ratio of USAF F-86 pilots against MiG-15 pilots during the Korean War was just propaganda – The Aviation Geek Club

The MiGs were so good that in October 1951, they succeeded where the pilots of the Luftwaffe had failed in World War II: they inflicted such losses on the B-29s that the Air Force was forced to abandon daylight bombing missions and use the Superfortresses only at night for the rest of the war. Between …

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The story of the RAF Hurricane pilot who rammed a Luftwaffe Do 17 bomber and saved Buckingham Palace – The Aviation Geek Club

As the Do 17 broke up its bombs fell, unarmed, over London. Two 50 kilo bombs fell in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, one on the palace’s lawn. The following story originally appeared on Wing Leader Books Facebook page. Be sure to check out their website too! Sep. 15, 1940. The collision between a Dornier …

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Robert Powell, the first pilot to clock 1,000 hours in the SR-71 Blackbird, passed away – The Aviation Geek Club

On Aug. 27, 2021 Robert Powell the first pilot to achieve 1,000 hours of flight in the SR-71 program in the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB, passed away at age 90. On Aug. 27, 2021 Robert Powell the first pilot to achieve 1,000 hours of flight in the SR-71 program in the 9th …

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The forgotten story of when Pan Am evaluated the Concorde and its crews pushed it to Mach 2.6 – The Aviation Geek Club

“Ultimately, all of the U.S. airlines canceled their orders for the Concorde for economic as well as environmental reasons. John Anderson and I were tremendously disappointed,” Paul Roitsch, Captain with Pan Am. The Aérospatiale/British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) Concorde was a British-French supersonic passenger jet airliner. It had a maximum speed of Mach 2.04 (1,354 mph …

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B-52 maintainer explains how heavy maintenance is helping the iconic BUFF to stay in service forever – The Aviation Geek Club

‘We do heavy maintenance to the B-52. I mean heavy,’ Darren Dennis, Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice at US Air Force. Since it entered service, the B-52 Stratofortress has been the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force for the US. The BUFF (Big Ugly Fat F****r as the B-52 is dubbed by its aircrews) is capable …

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The story of the YA-10B (formerly Night/Adverse Weather A-10) the only the only two-seat Warthog ever built – The Aviation Geek Club

The Night/Adverse Weather A-10 was redesignated the YA-10B in the early 1980s. In March 1979, the first preproduction A-10A (S/N 73-1664) was returned to the Republic factory for conversion to a prototype two-place variant of the A-10. The modifications took about three months and when complete, the aircraft was re-designated Night/Adverse Weather A-10. According to …

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The B-58 Mach 2 bomber was Sexy, but Hard to Fly. Here’s why the Hustler was one of the most controversial designs in history of aviation. – The Aviation Geek Club

Although the B-58 had its issues pilots and crews were in awe of it. Flying the Hustler was the pinnacle of a bomber pilot’s career. The US Air Force’s first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. In addition to the Hustler’s delta wing shape, distinctive features included a …

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When Admiral Yamamoto was shot down Japan didn’t suspect their radio codes were compromised. Here’s why. – The Aviation Geek Club

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz knew that if the Japanese thought Admiral Yamamoto had been ambushed, they could suspect their code had been broken and change it. He decided the risk was worth it. Admiral Yamamoto was Japan’s mastermind behind Pearl Harbor, and he was a top target in the war that followed. In 1943, US …

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Here’s why Clive Robertson “Killer” Caldwell, the “Top Gun from Down Under,” is the most Australian thing ever – The Aviation Geek Club

You can’t get much more Australian than Clive Robertson “Killer” Caldwell. Flying ace, ruthless killer, bootlegger, mutineer, successful businessman, national hero. Clive Robertson Caldwell, DSO, DFC & Bar was the leading Australian air ace of World War II. Caldwell flew Curtiss P-40 Tomahawks and Kittyhawks in the North African Campaign and Supermarine Spitfires in the …

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Remembering the Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission, USAAF’s most disastrous air battle to date. – The Aviation Geek Club

Although the raid caused heavy damage at both factories, 60 of the 376 bombers—about 1 in 6 of those dispatched—were shot down and more than 600 Airmen were killed, missing, or captured. In the summer of 1943, the US began building up its heavy bomber forces in Europe at a more rapid rate, and greater …

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