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 0 comments A veteran's Story, Articles
At sea aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Dec. 24, 2001-- A row of F-14 “Tomcats” assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VF 102) await their next mission.  Theodore Roosevelt and her embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Carly Joy Cranston (Released)

Tomcat Tuesday – Episode 2

Tomcat Tuesday! – Episode 2 So, people seemed to really like last week’s Tomcat Tuesday… We suspected they might! We all love – and miss –  seeing this charismatic beast thundering through the skies, so we thought we would bring you a few more beautiful US Navy images of the Tomcat and her crews and maintainers in action. We did[Read More…]

by July 18, 2017 0 comments Articles, Tomcat Tuesday
An F-4D Phantom II assigned to the 507th Tactical Fighter Wing, Air Force Reserves at Tinker, shown on the flight line during a training deployment during the 1980s. This jet wears a Vietnam-era MiG-kill marking in the form of a red and yellow star on the intake splitter-plate. (Courtesy photo by Don Jay)

USAF History: F-4 Phantoms at Tinker AFB

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is the most significant fighter aircraft of the 20th Century. First flown on May 27, 1958, the Phantom II entered service with the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. The Air Force’s initial version was the F-4C which first flew in 1963. For the most part, this article will focus on the versions operated[Read More…]

by July 17, 2017 0 comments Articles, USAF History
University Students Locate Sunken Fairey Swordfish Off Maltese Coast

University Students Locate Sunken Fairey Swordfish Off Maltese Coast

Students from California Polytech University have located a sunken British World War II Fairey Swordfish off the coast of Malta as part of an underwater search and mapping project, a Californian newspaper called The Tribune reports. The Swordfish was reportedly flying off the coast of Malta when it suffered engine trouble and had to resort to an emergency landing in[Read More…]

by July 13, 2017 0 comments Aviation Archaeology
Lt.Loren Hintz in the cockpit of his P-47. (photo via AirCorps Aviation)

Finding Loren: The Life, Death and Discovery of a P-47 Fighter Pilot

Regular WarbirdsNews readers will remember a short piece we ran exactly a year ago HERE, which described the story of one family’s quest to discover the resting place for one of their own, 1st Lt Loren Hintz, who disappeared in his Republic P-47D Thunderbolt on April 21st, 1945 during the final days of WWII in Europe. Lt Hintz flew with the 86th FS/79th FG, and was[Read More…]