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Spitfire ace Geoffrey Wellum still remembers defending the skies above Britain from the Luftwaffe, he was the youngest fighter pilot to fly in the Battle of Britain, and now he’s 96, on the 100th anniversary of the RAF

June 5th, 2018 by admin

Seventy eight years ago, men such as Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum, nicknamed “The Boy,” fought and bled and died in their cramped, noisy cockpits.

Today, Wellum is one of the very few of The Few who remain to tell what it was like to fly and fight in the Battle of Britain.

After being accepted on a short-service commission with the RAF in August 1939, Geoff Wellum trained on Tiger Moths and Harvards. After earning his wings, in May 1940 he was posted to No. 92 Squadron as a Spitfire pilot.

The Battle of Britain was the crucial point of the Second World War. Britain stood alone. The Nazis, flushed with a series of astonishing victories, appeared invincible, with a far greater number of planes and pilots. Throughout the summer of 1940, in the skies above southern England, Wellum and his comrades battled the Luftwaffe to prevent invasion.

a Sichuan Airlines aircraft that made an emergency landing after a windshield on the cockpit broke off

May 15th, 2018 by admin

a half hour into the flight, at 32,000 feet, the windshield in front of the co-pilot broke, and he was “sucked halfway” out of the cockpit window after the window blew out, Reuters reports.

“Suddenly, the windshield just cracked and made a loud bang,” Captain Liu Chaunjian said. “The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window.”

He described a harrowing scene. He said anything that was not screwed down was “floating in the air.”

“I couldn’t hear the radio,” he said. The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges.”

The co-pilot was wearing a seatbelt and was pulled back in, suffering only minor injuries, the report said.

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a Sichuan Airlines aircraft that made an emergency landing after a windshield on the cockpit broke off

United Airlines just killed a puppy. Holy shit… you can knock a guy out, you can kick an old lady off a plane, but you DON’T kill someone’s puppy like this

March 14th, 2018 by admin

On Monday night, a dog died in a plane after a United Airlines flight attendant forced the dog into an overhead bin.

during their flight, an attendant insisted that the woman put her dog, which was held in a TSA-approved pet carrier, in an overhead bin for the rest of the flight.

A United spokesperson addressed the incident in a statement to The Points Guy: “This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin. We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”

According to United’s website, its policy for onboard pets is: “A pet traveling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel. The kennel must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times.”

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United Airlines just killed a puppy. Holy shit… you can knock a guy out, you can kick an old lady off a plane, but you DON’T kill someone’s puppy like this

at least five B-25s crashed into Lake Murray, South Carolina, three were immediately salvaged, and at least one remained abandoned at the bottom of Lake Murray until 2005

December 27th, 2017 by admin

After the Doolittle Raiders group went off to California for the mission to Japan, other pilots continued to train over Lake Murray for practice bombing runs on Doolittle Island.

Records indicate that at least five B-25s crashed into the lake, three were immediately salvaged, and on April 4, 1943, a B-25 was on a skip-bombing mission over the lake’s island targets when:

Second Lieut. William Fallon had engines “pulled” on him many times as part of his rigorous flight training. The U.S. Army Air Corps went to great lengths preparing their pilots to fly the multi-engine aircraft that made up the wartime inventory. The training consisted of simulated engine failure immediately after take-off, on short final to landing and in cruise flight at comfortable altitudes. On Sunday, April 4th, 1943, this training would pay off for Lt. Fallon and his four crewmates as they practiced low-level bombing runs over Lake Murray, South Carolina.

Earlier in the morning the crew departed nearby Columbia Army Air Base and proceeded 12 miles northwest to the big man-made lake which had become a designated training area for flight crews all around the southeast region. The locals were accustomed to hearing the low-pitched rumble of the Cylones and Wasps growling about the lake. They never tired or complained of seeing them and actually enjoyed watching them as they soared and wheeled.

Lexington resident Bryce Lever and a friend were fishing from the bank of the lake that morning at the same time that the late Mrs. Katherine Townsend Tapp was walking along the shore with a friend. That’s when things began to get exciting for Lt. Fallon. Around 10:45 that morning, the crew had just finished a bombing run when the left engine of their B-25 began to fail. Unable to determine the cause he quickly ordered his co-pilot to “feather number one” while bringing the power up on number two. As he concentrated on flying the airplane, his instincts already had him slowly turning the now crippled bomber southeast towards the air base. Due to their low altitude and inability to climb he quickly consulted with his co-pilot and his bombardier as to what their best course of action should be.

The bombardier, Second Lt. Henry Mascall, convinced Fallon that a water landing was the best thing to do since loosing the good right engine at that low altitude could mean real trouble. Fallon concurred and with very little time ordered the crew to prepare as he pointed the nose of the ship into the last known wind direction. Both he and his co-pilot stood on the right rudder to counter the yaw from the healthy right engine but the big Mitchell was slowly descending, even with full power on the right side. The altimeter eased down as Fallon kept wings level until they were just feet above the surface. Back – pressure on the yoke raised the nose into a tail-down flair for landing position-just as he would on dry land. As the aft fuselage began to skip across the water, the ensuing drag suddenly pitched the nose of the bomber down, smashing into the surface.

Several plexiglass panels in the nose burst from the impact with the lake water. At the same time the right propeller struck the water with all of its torque, causing the motor to rip away from the mount and skip across the water. The aircraft quickly came to a halt and bobbed around while Mascall released the life raft. All crewmembers were safe and exited the aircraft out onto the wing where they clambered aboard the raft and paddled away.

The same day, another B-25 had ditched in the lake with all crewmembers safely rescued as well. Since it went down in only 50 feet of water it was later salvaged, but the Army quickly determined that Fallon’s ship was too far down and abandoned any salvage efforts. Soon, the war would be over, Columbia Army Air Base was turned over to Lexington County to serve as a civilian airfield and B-25C serial number 41-12634 settled in for a sixty-year long nap nestled safely in the dark, cold bosom of Lake Murray.

Greenville resident Dr. Bob Seigler had researched the plane since 1989. In 1992, he was working with the US Naval Reserve Sonar Unit when they located the exact position. With help from his

todays episode of The Grand Tour

December 16th, 2017 by admin

Jeremy races Capt Slow and Hamster from NYC to Niagara Falls… they have to take public transport, he takes the new Ford GT….

but then, he calls the airplane reservation people, and screws with them. Switches them from Business Class to Economy, and tells the airline to not let them drink alcohol on the flight.. that’s funny, in a mean kind of way

Also, Jeremy points out that the engine in a new AMG GT R has 577 hp, but the same engine in an E Class Mercedes Benz produces over 600 hp

the GT R sports a 4 liter twin-turbo V-8 with a revised intake, new forged aluminum pistons, and a higher compression ratio. The ­output is 577 Hp and 516 foot pounds

and Jeremy is indeed absollutely correct, I looked on the Mercedes Benz website, and the same engine is in the 2018 E 63 S Sedan Engine: Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturboPower 603 hp @ 5,750-6,500 rpm

probably the coolest true story you’ll learn this week, why a P 51 shot down an American C 47, and has a USA flag on his kill roster, in addition to Japanese, Nazi and Italian flags

August 9th, 2016 by admin

1st Lt Curdes led four P-51s from Mangaldan in Central Luzon to perform reconnaissance of the southern tip of Formosa. Their mission was to locate a small temporary airfield being used by the Japanese. Finding nothing there, they continued on to the northernmost of the Bataan Islands. Curdes and his wingman, Lt. Schmidtke flew over the northern half and the two other P-51s flown by Lieutenants. Scalley and La Croix took the southern half.

Suddenly La Croix’s aircraft was attacked and he had to bail out. Curdes saw La Croix’s parachute open as his Mustang went into the water. La Croix climbed into the liferaft rubber dingy that was part of the parachute pack. Curdes ordered Sculley back to base in order to get another flight out to provide cover for La Croix and see if a rescue PBY amphibian aircraft was available. He told Schmidtke to climb to 15,000 feet and broadcast a “Mayday” and to provide cover for Curdes. Curdes would stay low to make sure that the Japanese didn’t try anything. Curdes made another strafing run on the airfield.

When he pulled up, he saw a twin engine aircraft heading for Japanese held territory. Although it looked like a C-47, he wasn’t sure that it wasn’t a Japanese copy of a DC-2. He closed in and saw the American insignia on the aircraft. He attempted to contact the pilot of the aircraft using various VHF frequencies, but received no reply. The aircraft now went into its final approach glide to land on the strip below. Curdes dove in front of the aircraft three times to try and spoil the C-47s landing, but the pilot continued to try and land. Curdes fired a burst of machine gun fire across the nose of the aircraft, but the transport pilot ignored it. Finally Curdes decided that he would force the transport to ditch into the ocean.

Closing to within approximately twenty yards, he shot out the right engine, then the left. The plane hit the water and came to a stop with 50 yards from La Croix’s raft. Two large rubber dingies inflated and twelve personnel including 4 women climbed in. 2 Army nurses, 2 Red Cross girls.

An Avenger, (torpedo bomber) missing since 1944, was recently located in the waters surrounding the Pacific Island nation of Palau

May 27th, 2016 by admin

The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation founder and chairman Dan Friedkin finances ongoing search and discovery of MIA, at the families request, and scattered among and concealed within the dense mangrove forests, lagoon waters and coral reefs of Palau’s island chain are several dozen U.S. aircraft and the remains of as many as 80 U.S. airmen.

“We have identified 100 cases worldwide that are suitable for recovery and over 200 families have reached out asking for help with MIAs,” he said. This case took two months of towing side scan sonar.

“The importance of our mission is reinforced with each new discovery of a missing aircraft,” said Eric Terrill, an oceanographer from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, one of Project RECOVER’s three founding entities.

Project RECOVER’s goal is finding the final underwater resting places of all Americans missing in action since World War II.

Established in 2012 with initial support from the Office of Naval Research and now private funding, Project RECOVER is a partnership among researchers at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, and the BentProp Project.

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An Avenger, (torpedo bomber) missing since 1944, was recently located in the waters surrounding the Pacific Island nation of Palau

the T 54, after 36 bombing missions in WW2, and time as a refueling tanker in Korea, was left at China Lake to be a target. Pulled before it was damaged much, it’s bounced around museums and even had to sit outside in shrink wrap when it’s hanger was demo’d

May 17th, 2016 by admin

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the T 54, after 36 bombing missions in WW2, and time as a refueling tanker in Korea, was left at China Lake to be a target. Pulled before it was damaged much, it’s bounced around museums and even had to sit outside in shrink wrap when it’s hanger was demo’d

a Japanese Zero that crashed in New Guinea was found in the 1970s, and restored very slowly may finally get back to flying over Japan, 70 years since it was made there

August 25th, 2015 by admin

In the paperwork process to get it home to Japan since 2008 until July 2015

In 2008 the airplane was bought by Masahide Ishizuka, a native of Japan living in New Zealand who runs a company that manufactures flight jackets for pilots and also writes for aviation magazines. Ishizuka reportedly paid $3.72 million for the airplane, and established Zero Enterprise with the aim of bringing a Zero back to Japan, and flying it during a WW2 memorial event.

The flight still must receive final safety clearance from authorities, but Japan’s regulations and high maintenance costs are standing in the way.

If the flight occurs as planned, the Zero will be flown by (ironically) a U.S. pilot, since no Japanese pilot is certified to fly the plane, and only the 3rd Zero flight over japan since WW2

Currently displayed at the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Kanoya Air Base in Kagoshima Prefecture, it has been reassembled and its engine tested on July 7 with help from U.S. Federal Aviation Administration engineers.

There are only six Zero fighter planes left which are still flying today. One is owned by the Commemorative Air Force, and was found intact in Indonesia, on oil drums

just wow, look at this full screen by clicking on the image

December 23rd, 2014 by admin

The big painting on the side says US Army PanAmerican Flight

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