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Squadron Leader Douglas Bader, September 1940 - Wikimedia Commons

Douglas Bader – The Legless Legend

Born on February 21, 1910 in London, Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader, CBE, DSO, DFC, FRAeS, DL, was a World War Two...

The Big Book of X-Bombers and X-Fighters

X is the designation given by the US Air Force to aircraft and rockets that are intended to test new technologies, including new aerodynamic...
Robin Olds Epic Moustache - Wikimedia Commons

Courage & Charisma – Robin Olds

Robin Olds Robin Oldys Junior - Robin Olds - was one of the USA’s most famous fighter pilots, having fought in World War Two and...
Lockheed U-2 - Wikimedia Commons

The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the United States, Cuba and the Soviet Union that took place in late 1962. Although the...
The real Con Air - publicity shot

Was there a real Con Air?

You may remember the guilty pleasure that was the 1997 Nicolas Cage vehicle (the movie, not the plane) that also starred John Malkovich and...
American Raiders: The race to capture the Luftwaffe's secrets

American Raiders: The race to capture the Luftwaffe’s secrets

By Wolfgang W.E. Samuel, 'American Raiders: The race to capture the Luftwaffe's secrets' runs to 493 pages including the index, and is essential reading...
Jimmy Doolittle is made a four star general late in life - Wikimedia Commons

Jimmy Doolittle – Aviation Titan

Born on December 14th, 1896, James Harold (Jimmy) Doolittle was a towering, but controversial figure in 20th century US aviation annals. He was a...
The Great Tennessee Airshow - Wikimedia Commons

The Great Tennessee Air Show 2019

The biennial Great Tennessee Airshow was last held in June 2016. During a practice session, one of the Blue Angels aircraft, flown by Captain...
The Roulettes - Wings over Illawarra Airshow - © Copyright Stephen Verrall 2017 onwards. All rights reserved.

Wings Over Illawarra Airshow

The Wings over Illawarra Airshow is associated with the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) and is conducted at the Society's base at Illawarra Regional...
Abbotsford Airshow - Wikimedia Commons

Abbotsford International Airshow

The Abbotsford International Airshow is organised by the the Abbotsford International Airshow Society, a non-profit organisation that has been in operation since 1966. Their...


A U.S. Marine Corps Vought AU-1 Corsair in flight in 1952. Via Wikimedia Commons

Vought F4U Corsair

A U.S. Navy Douglas A-1J Skyraider (BuNo 142028) of Attack Squadron 176 (VA-176) "Thunderbolts" in flight. VA-176 was assigned to Attack Carrier Air Wing 10 (CVW-10) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CVS-11) for a deployment to Vietnam from 4 April to 21 November 1966.

Douglas A-1 Skyraider

Two U.S. Naval Reserve Vought RF-8G Crusader aircraft from Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 206 (VFP-206) in formation during "Reconnaissance Air Meet '86" near Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas (USA), on 1 November 1986. Via Wikimedia Commons

Vought F-8 Crusader