WWII Events

Alabama Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons descend into Campia Turzii, Romania, Oct. 13, 2015, after flying from Montgomery, Alabama. Four F-16 Fighting Falcons and approximately 150 Airmen from the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard participated in Dacian Viper, a training deployment to Romania designed to increase readiness to conduct combined air operations and to meet future security challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Bruch/Released)

Red Tail Legacy Comes Full Circle

Airmen assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing take great pride in the heritage created for them by the Tuskegee Airmen. Today a key piece of the wing’s history has once again returned to its flightline. The legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen was born in Montgomery, Alabama, when the Tuskegee Institute’s application to conduct civilian pilot training was approved by[Read More…]

by February 21, 2017 0 comments Articles, WWII Events
A VETERAN’S STORY: The wickedest Flying Witches

A VETERAN’S STORY: The wickedest Flying Witches

By Pete Mecca. To call a female pilot a “flying witch” in 2017 could bring condemnation, censorship, and protesters trampling down the weeds in my front yard. So, stick with me on this: The flying “Night Witches” of World War II gained the nickname from an adversary, out of respect for their bravery and lethal sneak attacks. Moral of the[Read More…]

by February 13, 2017 1 comment A veteran's Story, Articles, WWII Events
P-47 Thunderbolt Mystery

P-47 Thunderbolt Mystery

Who are Eva and Edith? AirCorps Aviation, the warbird restoration shop based in Bemidji, Minnesota, has found an interesting artifact within the wing of the 1944 Republic P-47D-23RA they currently have under restoration. This particular aircraft is known to have served in the 5th Air Force during WWII and was abandoned at Dobodura Airfield, in Papua New Guinea. A number[Read More…]

by February 7, 2017 0 comments A veteran's Story, Articles, WWII Events
A glorious sunset formation shot of three TBMs. TBM-3E Bu.85650 is in the foreground with TBM-3E Bu. 85882 ‘Ida Red’ in the middle and Brad Deckert’s TBM-3E Bu.85828 in the background. (photo by Greg Morehead, courtesy Warbird Digest magazine)

2nd Annual TBM Gathering

By Stephen Chapis In April 2016 90 Tons of Turkeys Invade Illinois. Noted TBM owner Brad Deckert organized the 1st Annual TBM Avenger Gathering, a 3-day event, at Illinois Valley Regional Airport (KVYS) in Peru, Illinois.  For the event, an impressive 10 TBMs from as far away as Massachusetts flew in for the event.  An additional 200 aircraft, including 52[Read More…]

by January 31, 2017 3 comments Airshow News, Warbirds News, WWII Events
Pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group, "Tuskegee Airmen," the elite, all-African American 332nd Fighter Group at Ramitelli, Italy., from left to right, Lt. Dempsey W. Morgran, Lt. Carroll S. Woods, Lt. Robert H. Nelron, Jr., Capt. Andrew D. Turner, and Lt. Clarence P. Lester. (U.S. Air Force photo)

2017 Atlanta Warbird Weekend to Salute Tuskegee Airmen

The amazing accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and beyond will be celebrated as the theme of the third annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend Oct. 7-8, 2017, at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, Chamblee, Ga. Hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing, the weekend will feature the CAF Red Tail Squadron traveling exhibit, “Rise Above,” with its restored P-51[Read More…]