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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
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…]

Fredric Bryant served at Hahn Air Force Base in Germany repairing and refurbishing F-4 Phantom, Wild Weasles damaged in Vietnam (Photo via Pete Mecca)

A VETERAN’S STORY: The Men of Evans

By Pete Mecca Evans Tool and Die has set a new standard for honoring veterans in Rockdale, Newton and surrounding counties. Going far beyond a brief but appreciated “Thank you for your service,” Evans chose to present its veterans with a gift that will honor them into the foreseeable future. The company presented 11 employees who served in the military[Read More…]

by July 10, 2017 0 comments A veteran's Story, Articles
Russian paratroopers 'scooting off' a Tupolev TB-3. (Photo via Pete Mecca)

A VETERAN’S STORY: A Russian Officer and Pickle Soup

Armageddon is mentioned in the Book of Revelation as a reference to the final battle between the forces of good and evil. Religious scholars from Christianity to the Baha’i Faith have speculated the rival militaries will meet near Mt. Megiddo, an area dominated by the modern Israeli kibbutz of Megiddo neighboring the Kishon River. Located in northern Israel, this “final[Read More…]

by June 27, 2017 0 comments A veteran's Story, Articles
WaCo OG-41 Combat Glider ( Photo via Pete Mecca)

A VETERAN’S STORY: Flying Fabric and Piloting Plywood

By Pete Mecca Like a deadly cobra, colorful anti-aircraft tracers swivel and coil around your aircraft; the flak is thick as molasses, and you and your passengers are going down. The normal descent is 72 mph, landing speed around 60 mph, but at 49 mph your aircraft will stall and crash, killing everyone aboard. Your flimsy flying machine was made[Read More…]