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The 138th Aviatino Company Memorial's RU-21A is nearly complete now, structurally speaking. (Photo by Craig Landfield)

138th Aviation Company Memorial – July, 2016 Update

For the past two years or so, WarbirdsNews has been following the 138th Aviation Company Memorial in their efforts to locate, restore and place a representative aircraft from their unit as a remembrance for their service and the sacrifice of fallen comrades. As many of our readers will know, the 138th Aviation Company Memorial successfully obtained the donation of a derelict Beech RU-21A Ute from[Read More…]

by July 28, 2016 1 comment Aircraft Restoration
WASP Marty Wyall (L) Former F-16 pilot Heather Penny (C)_ WASP Shutsy Reynolds (R)

CAF Announces Program to Honor Women Airforce Service Pilots

PRESS RELEASE – The newest addition to the CAF national educational outreach program is CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP. The initiative will bring the legacy of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) to a nationwide audience, with the inspirational story of a group of women that overcame social stigmas to serve their country with distinction. The CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP program[Read More…]

A recent image of the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association PBY under restoration in RAAF 'Black Cat' colors. She's come a long way since lying abandoned for many years in Puerto Rico. (photo RCMPA via Phil Buckley)

Downunder PBY – Restoration Report from Rathmines, Australia

A couple of years ago, our intrepid Antipodean reporter, Phil Buckley, wrote a story for us about a dedicated team restoring a tired and weatherbeaten PBY Catalina in Rathmines, Australia. Rathmines Park, nestled beside Lake Macquarie in New South Wales was once home to the largest RAAF flying boat base. As such, the local community wished to commemorate their storied past, with[Read More…]

Fast Eagle 102 as she looks now, sitting outside at Midland. (Photo by Gena Linebarger - High Sky Wing Leader)

Preserving F-14 Tomcat ‘Fast Eagle 102’ – Gulf of Sidra Incident Survivor

The Commemorative Air Force’s High Sky Wing, based in Midland, Texas will begin the refurbishment of F-14A Tomcat Bu.160403 tomorrow, July 27th, 2016. Their aircraft, on loan from the US Navy, is of particular significance as it is the first Tomcat to shoot down another aircraft in combat. CDR Henry ‘Hank’ Kleemann and LT David ‘DJ’ Venlet of VF-41 flew her as callsign Fast Eagle 102 from the decks[Read More…]

by July 26, 2016 3 comments Warbird Restorations
Planes of Fame's F4U-1A Bu.17999. (photo via Planes of Fame Museum)

Planes of Fame Air Museum’s F4U-1A Corsair Is a Combat Veteran!

As some readers may already be aware, the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California recently received absolute proof that their Vought F4U-1A Corsair flew in the combat zone during WWII. The story behind this discovery is as simple as it is remarkable, and is totally down to the work of one woman, author Michele Spry. Planes of Fame will be[Read More…]

by July 25, 2016 2 comments Aviation Museum News, Planes of Fame