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The Disestablishment and a Brief History of the VMAQT-1 Banshees

Oxford Dictionary defines the word “disestablish” as: dis·es·tab·lish, [disəˈstabliSH] vb. “deprive (an organization, especially a country’s national church) of its official status.” In military aviation, a disestablishment likely means that the squadron’s current operations, staffing, equipment and/or mission has finished its tasks, and that organization is disbanding. It also means that the heritage and accomplishments […]

75 Years of History Observed at MCAS Cherry Point

Over the last weekend in April 2016, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, located in the town of Havelock, North Carolina, offered their 75th Anniversary Air Show. Three quarters of a century is a long time, especially since powered flight was initiated fewer than four decades earlier than the base’s beginnings. There were quite a […]

2016 TICO Warbird Air Show

Written by Ken Kula As part of a group of aviation photographers in the 1980s, we used to have a saying that if it’s TICO, it must be Spring! After all, that top-notch warbird air show occurred at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville Florida every March, when the earth was warming and flowers […]

Seventy Years Strong: The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels

On April 24, 1946, shortly after the Second World War ended, Admiral Chester Nimitz, then Chief of Naval Operations, directed that a “flight demonstration team be organized within the Naval Advanced Training Command to represent the Navy at air shows and similar events”. Seven decades later, the Blue Angels team has expanded, reorganized, been to […]