Articles

Members of John Dean Armstrong’s family and pilots from the 23rd Fighter Group pose for a photo, June 17, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Eighty members of Armstrong’s family came from across the country to welcome Armstrong home after being missing for 75 years. The 23rd Fighter Group performed a missing man flyover for Armstrong's funeral. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes)

Air Force Salutes ‘Flying Tiger’ After 75 Year Journey Home

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — Blood is thicker than water. For the family of an American Volunteer Group pilot killed in a 1941 training accident in Burma, it ran the Pacific Ocean and spurred a search lasting until his remains reached Kansas 75 years later. John Dean Armstrong, a Hutchinson, Kansas native, was buried Saturday, June 17, in his[Read More…]

by September 17, 2017 0 comments Articles, WWII Events
The American Flight Museum's AC-47 gunship 'Spooky' seen at an air show a few years ago. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

MySkyCart – Warbird Sponsorship Program

As with almost every entity involved in vintage aviation, we all need sponsors, and WarbirdsNews has been happy to receive a little help from MySkyCart.com. The company produces a cool line of custom storage carts based upon the trusty airline galley service cart. As we mentioned in a previous article HERE, a couple of their products have a warbird theme. But now[Read More…]

by August 30, 2017 0 comments Advertorial - Sponsored Article, Articles
At sea with USS George Washington (CVN 73) Oct. 14, 2002 -- An F-14 "Tomcat" from the “Jolly Rogers” of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) flies over the Mediterranean Sea at sunset. The George Washington, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is participating in the NATO exercise “Destined Glory 2002.” Washington and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17) are approaching the end of scheduled deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch.  U.S. Navy photo by Capt. Dana Potts.  (RELEASED)

Tomcat Tuesday! – Episode 4

Tomcat Tuesday! – Episode 4 Here is another selection of terrific official photographs of our much-missed naval fighter strutting her stuff… alongside the amazing men and women who flew and maintained ‘the last of the Cats.’ We thought you’d particularly enjoy the opening photograph of the Tomcat punching through her self-induced vapor cloud. Thanks to all of you who’ve been writing in,[Read More…]

Operation Enduring Freedom (Aug. 8, 2002) -- An F-14 "Tomcat" assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) conducts a mission over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place strike fighter. The Tomcat’s primary missions are air superiority, fleet air defense and precision strike against ground targets.  U.S. Navy photo by Capt. Dana Potts.  (RELEASED)

Tomcat Tuesday! – Episode 3

Tomcat Tuesday! – Episode 3 After a week’s hiatus for the madness and magic of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, we thought we’d start off our return with the third episode of Tomcat Tuesday. Here is another selection of terrific official photographs of our much-missed naval fighter strutting her stuff… alongside the amazing men and women who flew and maintained ‘the last of[Read More…]

by August 1, 2017 0 comments Aviation Photography, Tomcat Tuesday
A VETERAN’S STORY: Battle of the Heavyweights

A VETERAN’S STORY: Battle of the Heavyweights

By Pete Mecca Analogous to Mohammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Richard Ira “Dick” Bong and Thomas Buchanan McGuire were the heavyweight fighter jocks of World War II. Unlike Ali and Frazier, the two fighter aces were heavyweights due to their skills and kills behind the stick of the P-38 Lightning, not due to their physical stature or strength. Likewise, Bong[Read More…]

by July 21, 2017 3 comments A veteran's Story, Articles