Curtiss XP-31

Curtiss XP-31

Have you ever had a friend who was getting to be of a certain age, and you noticed that he or she was beginning to slow down, not taking the stairs two-at-a-time anymore, reluctant to stay out late at night, a little more forgetful than usual? (O.K. this applies to a lot of us, but ...

The Bonney Gull: Folded Wings

The fatal take-off.

It used to be that there were weights and balances in relating history. Major events drew more attention, while lesser ones passed into oblivion. No more—YouTube has completely revised the scene, and something as unimportant as the pathetic dweeb wailing over Britney Spears can soak up more hits than major news events. This phenomenon also ...

The Air Force Needs to Sink More Battleships!

Battleship Ostfriesland

We need to sink some more battleships - metaphorically speaking! It has been a wonderful thing for me to be a part of the air force from basic training at Lackland in 1951 through the glorious experience of flying B-47s for the Strategic Air Command to the Vietnam War and beyond. And since retirement I’ve watched the ...

Israel Savior: Operation Nickel Grass

Lockheed C-141, workhorse of the Air Force

It was justifiably called "the airlift that saved Israel". One of the most critical but least celebrated airlifts in history unfolded over a desperate 32 days in the fall of 1973. An armada of Military Airlift Command aircraft carried thousands of tons of materiel over vast distances into the midst of the most ferocious fighting the ...

The First Hydrogen Bomb Dropped 1 November 1952

Ivy Mike

On November 1, 1952, the United States detonated the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, popularly called the “hydrogen bomb.” The experiment took place on Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific and immediately generated a controversy from leftists that resonates today. It was immediately said that if we detonated a hydrogen bomb, the Soviet Union would follow. What ...