A formation of F-14A Tomcats of Fighter Squadrons VF-51 Screaming Eagles and VF-111 Sundowners, and F-5E/F Tiger II's of the Navy Fighter Weapons School. These units represented a vital part of the U.S. Navy's participation in the 1986 feature-film "TOPGUN", providing the aerial dogfighting sequences that were a defining trademark of this movie. Note the fictitious markings on the tail of at least one of the F-14's.

A Look Back at Top Gun

By Hill Goodspeed Historian Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum Article originally written for the Sextant More than thirty years ago, stunning footage of F-14 Tomcats flashed across the silver screen and moviegoers were introduced to the high-speed operations and culture of naval aviation through the characters “Maverick,” “Goose,” “Iceman,” and “Charlie.” The release of the movie Top Gun on May[Read More…]

by May 17, 2017 1 comment Articles, Interviews
Thom Richard in the American Airpower Museum's P-40 Warhawk, flying in formation with the museum's T-6 Texans ( Photo by Mike Killian)

Warbird Bucket List

By Julie M Vessigault What is on your Aviation “Bucket List”?  If you are reading this I bet I can guess without even knowing your background: 1. Fly the T-6 2. Fly the Mustang 3. Become a Warbird Pilot 4. Get checked out in the T-6 5. Get checked out in the Mustang Let me take you back to the[Read More…]

by April 29, 2017 1 comment Articles, Interviews, Warbird Adventures
A VETERAN’S STORY: Interview with The Last Raider

A VETERAN’S STORY: Interview with The Last Raider

By Pete Mecca The Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing World War II Days at Falcon Field lived up to expectations once again this past weekend. A gorgeous B-25 was on display to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Japan early in WWII. Reenactors, vendors, even operable B-25 gun turrets for the young and “very thin” young-at-heart enthusiasts[Read More…]

by April 29, 2017 0 comments A veteran's Story, Articles
Introducing the Hawker Hunter Timepiece

Introducing the Hawker Hunter Timepiece

If greatness in a combat airplane equates with outstanding service longevity and extreme operational flexibility the Hawker Hunter is indeed truly great and one of the classic fighter designs of all time. It is aesthetically beautiful and a thoroughbred aircraft in every sense. This was almost to be expected, given that it’s design was penned by Sir Sydney Camm who’s[Read More…]

by April 25, 2017 0 comments Advertorial, Articles
Nose view of Consolidated B-24D Lady Be Good crash site. The plane made a surprisingly good pilotless belly landing and skidded 700 yards before breaking in half and stopping. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A VETERAN’S STORY: The Ghost Liberator — Lady Be Good

By Peter Mecca She was not appealing and handled like a long haul tractor/trailer with 18 flat tires. Historically treated as the red-headed stepchild of heavy bombers in World War II, especially when compared to the sleek and popular B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator was still a rugged aircraft and destined to become the most produced American bomber in[Read More…]