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Hanscom AFB’s 1989 and 1991 Air Shows

42nd Bomb Wing KC-135R based at Loring AFB, Maine. The base is now closed Air Force Base due to the BRAC.  The two year period between 1989 and 1991 saw a pair of air shows at Massachusetts’ Hanscom AFB, to the west of Boston found in the suburb of Bedford. Twenty years has seen a […]

‘Bert’s Last JATO Launch, NAS Pensacola 2009 Home Coming Air Show

When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the New Orleans area in 2005, it set in motion a grand finale event in 2009. When the storm hit NAS New Orleans, as the story goes, a large part of a cache of JATO bottles (standing for Jet Assisted Take Off – sometimes known for what they actually are […]

BLUEBEARD 5

BLUEBEARD 5, the sole remaining RH-53D survivor of Operation EAGLE CLAW There is a rare and unique helicopter that sits vigilant as a gate guardian at the Wrightstown Gate of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) in New Jersey. However, the very existence of this helicopter and how it become displayed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst New […]

Grumman Cats Review

Last Cat Standing, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat Grumman Aircraft Engineering began its run as an aviation powerhouse at the end of the Great Depression, in 1929. Sixty-five years later, it was merged into the Northrop Corporation in 1994.  Known for designs that primarily served the U.S. Navy and its’ aircraft carriers during its six and […]