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March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day

March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day

On this day in 1973, the last combat troops  left Vietnam. While the conflict officially ended on April 30, 1975, Americans commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29. The day acknowledges the 2.7 million Americans who served in Vietnam, the 304,000 who were wounded and the 58,000 who were killed in action during […]
USAF: Drones conducted condition inspections of C-17 Globemaster III

USAF: Drones conducted condition inspections of C-17 Globemaster III

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — The 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force used a quadcopter to conduct a maintenance inspection of the exterior of a C-17 Globemaster III. The C-17 was on loan from Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington. It was the first time the CTF flew a small unmanned aerial system […]
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Treasures from the Deep — The USS Lexington gives up its Secrets

Treasures from the Deep — The USS Lexington gives up its Secrets

On March 4, 2018, billionaire Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner, made another huge nautical find: the USS Lexington, which was lost at the Battle of Coral Sea 76 years ago. The fleet aircraft carrier, the first to be sunk by opposing carrier aircraft in World War II, was found near Australia […]
15 years ago today — The Loss of Columbia

15 years ago today — The Loss of Columbia

On Feb. 1, 2003, (15 years ago), the Space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas. This is the Miami Herald’s original coverage from that day. Space shuttle Columbia, carrying a cross-section of America’s human treasure and the first Israeli astronaut, disintegrated in flames Saturday over Texas. All seven astronauts died.They never had a chance. Astronauts have […]
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On this Day in Aviation History — December 7, 1941

On this Day in Aviation History — December 7, 1941

At approximately 7:55 AM (local time), on December 7, 1941, the US Navy was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy, and the US forces were caught completely off guard. 96 ships were stationed at Pearl Harbor, but the Japanese aircraft’s primary targets were the big battleships moored on Battleship Row at Ford Island. The Japanese […]
Aviation Update:  “Survival in the Skies” series on Smithsonian Channel

Aviation Update: “Survival in the Skies” series on Smithsonian Channel

Looking for some great aviation history and information? Please keep these episodes of “Survival in the Skies” series on Smithsonian Channel in mind  – this fascinating series tells the stories behind the machines and devices that help us survive in the skies–from parachutes and ejection seats, to jet engines–and how they evolved from humble beginnings […]
A pink  WW 2 warbird

A pink WW 2 warbird

Sand and spinach, sea-foam gray, navy and duck-egg blue … we’ve seen a lot of schemes for WW II Spitfires, but a pink one? We came across this interesting article on io9.com and think it’s worth sharing. Author Esther Inglis-Arkell writes, “World War II marked a time of great innovation, which was sometimes practical and sometimes loony. […]
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