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The Scooter Still Soldiers On…

Military jet bomber designs during the 1950’s ran the gamut from large and complex multi-engine supersonic weapons systems to small, simple, and subsonic craft.  When Douglas Aircraft Company designer Ed Heinemann and his team set out to produce a U.S. Navy carrier borne strike aircraft, they agreed upon the smaller and simpler design spectrum for […]

An Unconventionally Classic Warbird

So just what is a classic warbird?  Is it defined by a certain amount of longevity – say 50 years ?  How many follow-on versions does an airframe need to prove its adaptability and durability – about three dozen?  What about its importance in shaping a nation’s combat doctrine and foreign policies by allowing worldwide […]

Hawaii’s Military Aviation Heritage on Display

The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located aboard Ford Island, at Pearl Harbor.  Within its’ pair of hangars and ramp area, a wide-ranging collection of aircraft and artifacts presents aviation heritage with a mainly military, decidedly Hawaiian flavor stretching from the beginning of  World War II through to today.  The Museum is set inside […]

Looking Back at Some Air Tattoos – Part Two

The Air Tattoos on either side of the Millenium were attended by countries with very interesting aircraft.  The Soviet Union had dissolved, and many Warsaw Pact air forces were replacing their old designs with newer Western and Russian jets.  Most SU-22 and MiG-21, -23 and -29 fighters were in their last years of service.  NATO […]