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Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler Sunset and VMAQ-2 Deactivation

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On Friday, March 8th, 2019, the United States Marine Corps said farewell to the venerable Grumman EA-6B Prowler and the last squadron to fly it, VMAQ-2, ‘The Death Jesters”. This was truly an end of two eras.

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T-6/SNJ/Harvard Scrapbook

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The North American Aviation T-6 Texan family encompasses dozens of variants and sub-variants. The initial prototype was known as the NA-16, which first flew in 1935. This aircraft was modified to answer a call for an advanced training aircraft for the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1937. The BC (Basic Combat) and BT (Basic Trainer) series were merged into the AT (Advanced Trainer) designation as World War II became a reality.

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Warbirds Over Wanaka – 1998

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Twenty-plus years have flown by since my first and only visit (thus far) to New Zealand. My main purpose of the trip was to see the highly anticipated Polikarpov fighters, the I-153 and I-16 World War II era planes that the Alpine Fighter Collection had rebuilt in Russian factories during the mid-1990s. The show, during the Easter Weekend of 1998, would present five of the I-16 monoplanes and a sole I-153 biplane. Additionally, many more New Zealand warbirds would take to the skies, giving me a chance to see a whole field of aircraft that I'd never seen before.

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Mustang Scrapbook

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North American Aviation's P-51 Mustang changed the course of World War II, the Korean War, and quite possibly a few more smaller conflicts. The type served in front line use for more than three decades. Over 15,000 airframes were produced, and the type served in about two dozen air forces around the world. Read more »