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Mustang Scrapbook


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 »

Sikorsky’s Sea Kings No Longer Rule the Waves


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The prototype Sikorsky HSS-2 Sea King made its’ first flight on March 11, 1959. There are still some later-built versions in use today, some sixty years ago, attesting to the design’s usefulness and reliability. Sikorsky Aircraft began manufacturing the HSS-2 helicopter after winning a 1957 competition for an anti-submarine warfare helicopter for the U.S. Navy. First operational in 1961, the large, amphibious craft was the first Navy helicopter powered by turbine engines, and its’ waterborne handling capabilities lent itself for naval search and rescue as well. By 1962, under the Tri-Service aircraft designation system, the type became known as the SH-3. Read more »


IMG_7219 (2) (1000x373) The Ypsilanti MI based Yankee Air Museum hosts the annual Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at the Willow Run International Airport. We just took a look at the aircraft that brought the “Thunder” to the 2018 airshow, we now turn our attention to the Radials of the 2018 show. Thunder Over Michigan 2018 brought together its usual compliment of piston powered aircraft to Willow Run. While it was the United States Air Force Thunderbirds that brought the “Thunder”, there were also several other fighters, bombers and warbirds that brought there own rumble to the skies over Ypsilanti. Read more »

Hyakuri Air Base Open Day and F-4 Phantom Showcase


An air base open day was held on 2 December 2018 at Hyakuri Air Base (RJAH) in Ibaraki Prefecture, marking the start of the transition of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (Koku Jeitai or JASDF) from the McDonnell Douglas (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries construction-built) F-4 Phantom II to the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II, with the 302nd Hikotai (Tactical Fighter Squadron) planned to stand its phantoms down in February, 2019.

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