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What Does American Air Power and the Declaration of Independence Have In Common?

What? The United States recently celebrated 241 years of independence, and a lot has changed since the fledgling nation began defending itself. In the 1700s, aviation was but a dream by a few imaginative soon-to-be American patriots. Indeed, parts of America’s Declaration of Independence focused on the most important transportation mode of the time… the […]

Gathering of Warbirds, 2017

Waukesha County Airport (KUES), better known as Crites Field, lies approximately 26 miles to the West of General Mitchell International Airport (KMKE) and adjacent to I-94. It covers 543 acres and has two runways, one of which (Runway 18-26) being 5,849 feet long. Crites field sees an average of 114 movements a day and is […]

Boeing’s First KC-135 Served In Many Non-Tanker Roles

Story by Ken Kula with Nicole Cloutier The first Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker was delivered to the U.S. Air Force at Boeing’s Renton, Washington plant in January, 1956. Carrying a serial of 55-3118, the first production KC-135A was named the “City of Renton”, and christened with a bottle of local river water. Interestingly, the first jet-powered […]

World War I Aces Keep Flying

When the Patrouille de France travelled to North America in early 2017, they brought along a slice of French military aviation history with each of their Alpha Jets. All eleven of the trainers were emblazoned with a silhouette and name of a World War I ace of the Aéronautique Militaire, carried aloft each time the […]