Aviation Weekly

The F6F Hellcat

I realize I haven’t done a true aviation weekly post in a while and this actually won’t be a true one either. I wanted to talk a little bit about the Hellcat today since, one, I haven’t yet and two, there is actually an important date that coincides with today and the history of the […]

August 17th, 2017 | Comments Off on The F6F Hellcat

May is for Douglas

There are a few important dates to remember in May when it comes to aviation history but one of the ones that doesn’t get looked at as much is the first flight and first acceptance of the Douglas DC-2. The DC-2 first flew on May 11th and was accepted by Trans World Airlines May 18th […]

May 18th, 2017 | Comments Off on May is for Douglas

Five More Years Have Gone By

While the post is early, this weekend at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio along with Grimes Field, Urbana, Ohio will be honoring the men of the famous Doolittle Raid which celebrates its 75th anniversary on Tuesday the 18th. Seventy five years ago a daring and bold plan was […]

April 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Five More Years Have Gone By

The A-10 Thunderbolt II

I don’t often photograph much modern military aviation but every now and then I get the chance to at airshows and one of my favorites from day one is the A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known as the Warthog. Built by Fairchild-Republic the Warthog in many ways is the successor of the P-47 Thunderbolt. It was […]

February 9th, 2017 | Comments Off on The A-10 Thunderbolt II

Celebrating the American Volunteer Group

This weekend at the Atlanta Warbird Weekend hosted by CAF Dixie Wing in Peachtree, GA the 75th Anniversary of the American Volunteer Group is being honored. It’s not the actual date when President Roosevelt signed the unpublished executive order to help the Nationalist government of China fight Japan during WWII but this weekend we will […]

September 22nd, 2016 | Comments Off on Celebrating the American Volunteer Group

An Important Day For the Free French Air Force

Today marks a little less known day in the history of the air war during World War II. Five Curtiss H75 Fighters of the French Air Force engage German Bf 109’s and shoot down two. This was the first French air to air victory during WWII and also marks the first for the allies, although […]

September 8th, 2016 | Comments Off on An Important Day For the Free French Air Force

First Flight of the P-64

Today marks the first flight of the North American P-64. While this plane is an upgraded version of the NA-50 which went to the Peruvian Air Force. The P-64 was originally designated the NA-68 which was supposed to go to the Royal Thai Air Force but didn’t ship out at the last minute. Today only […]

September 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on First Flight of the P-64

The Waco QCF-2

Today I thought I would talk about a classic antique airplane, the Waco. Specifically this is a QCF-2 which is kind of mid range designed between 1927 and the early 1940’s. Most were produced in the 1930’s. The F series was designed to beat the O series and were built by the Waco Aircraft Company. […]

August 25th, 2016 | Comments Off on The Waco QCF-2

The Beechcraft Model 18

Many aircraft have become iconic over the years due to their historic legacies or years of service. Most of those planes are a little bit more flashy but the Beechcraft Model 18 is one of those planes that has been around since 1937 and today more then 300 are still flying in the US alone. […]

June 23rd, 2016 | Comments Off on The Beechcraft Model 18

The North American P-64

This is a really cool aircraft that I have only had the chance of seeing once at the Wings over Gillespie Airshow a number of years ago. The North American P-64 was an export fighter designed off of the NA-50 which was a single seat fighter for export. The P-64 was the United States designation […]

April 14th, 2016 | Comments Off on The North American P-64