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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…]

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
Photo via Pete Macca

A VETERAN’ STORY: A Progeny of Aviators

By Pete Mecca. Arranging an interview quickly turns into something very special when the veteran suggests, “Let’s just fire up the old Stearman and fly down to Peach State Aerodrome for lunch at Barnstormer’s Grill. Then we can fly back for an interview at my house.” Needless to say, nobody had to twist my arm.The grass airfield in Williamson, GA[Read More…]

by January 18, 2017 0 comments A veteran's Story, Articles
British Aviator Denis Payne (with goggles) was photographed with four of his flying mates during training in Americus at Souther Field.

A VETERAN’S STORY: The British Gentleman and His Southern Belle

After the downfall of France in WWII, the German Luftwaffe controlled the skies over Europe. Their next objective was to sweep the Royal Air Force from the blues as an essential prerequisite to Hitler’s invasion plans. The British government and military were painfully aware their precious resource of pilots was in limited supply and immediately expanded flight training. But a[Read More…]

by January 9, 2017 0 comments A veteran's Story, Articles