Interviews

Keith Cole, a WWII veteran, and members of Team MacDill pause for a group photo at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 18, 2017. Cole spoke about his experiences at U.S. Special Operations Command and was given a tour of the flight line during his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adam R. Shanks)

Pioneer of Tactical Airlift visits MacDill AFB

It’s World War II and Nazi Germany occupies France, an Allied nation. Somewhere in the moonlit French countryside, a modified B-24 Liberator flies overhead. Painted matte black, and stripped of unnecessary equipment, this B-24 is flying a secret mission.  Flashlights shine from the ground as a dispatcher in the bomb bay of the aircraft opens a hole in the floor[Read More…]

A VETERAN’S STORY: From Boy to Radio Man

A VETERAN’S STORY: From Boy to Radio Man

When asked why folks call him C.R., the interviewee responded, “Well, try to write down Clifford Robert McCullough on most documents and there just ain’t enough space.” Born and raised into a Rockdale County share-cropping family in 1933, C.R. McCullough experienced the Great Depression and tough times. “Dad finally found steady employment at the old Roger’s Grocery Store until they[Read More…]

A 332nd FTR P-51 Mustang flown by the Tuskegee Airmen for bomber support over western Europe in World War II.

MacDill AFB Hosts a Tuskegee Airman

By SrA Vernon Fowler, Between 1941 and 1946, there were roughly 1,000 African-American pilots trained at the segregated Tuskegee Army Airfield in Tuskegee, Alabama. Of that number remains just a fraction of Tuskegee Airmen still living today. MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, had the privilege of hosting one of these pilots, retired Lt. Col. George E. Hardy, Feb. 11, 2016,[Read More…]

by February 19, 2016 1 comment Articles, Interviews, WWII Events
Interview with a Black Sheep

Interview with a Black Sheep

By Chris Henry There are many famous characters and groups that exist through aviation history.  Their names still exude excitement, honor, and courage against long odds.  All of those adjectives describe the men of one of the most fabled units in Marine Corps history.  The men of VMF-214,  the Black Sheep.  A fighter squadron  that is a legacy in aviation[Read More…]

by December 22, 2015 2 comments Articles, Interviews
An Exploding Volume of UAVs

An Exploding Volume of UAVs

Warbird pilot and airshow performer Alan Armstrong’s view of the world of UAVs. Click VOL 280 – OCT 2015 – DRONES to download the PDF version of this article American government, both state and federal, is in chaos as it seeks to contain the explosion of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/drones) being flown by inexperienced and untrained operators.  Over the course of[Read More…]

by October 27, 2015 3 comments Articles, Interviews