Author Richard C. Kirkland played the daredevil to convince Air Force base commanders around the country to add the HH-43 Huksie to their rescue vehicle inventory.
Brig. Gen. Guy Townsend recalls landing his Piper Cub on the USS Enterprise on an ice-cream run.
102 year old aviator Jose Grant once defied death, barnstorming a Short-Nosed Eagle Bi-Plane.
Captain Eric Brown, RN, faced an usual foe after bailing out of his plane during an engine test.
Retired Air Traffic Controller Gene Baraw recalls the challenges transitioning from prop planes, to jets, to the supersonic Concorde.
RADM Edward L. "Whitey" Feightner recalls waiting for the crash after not a single JATO bottle fired on the mammoth R60 Consitution.
tags: Whitey Feightner, Lockheed R60 Constitution, RADM Edward L. Fightner
A Coke can tossed from a Russian Bear bomber, proved to be a deadly weapon against Tex Jones' English Electric Lightning.
Luftwaffe pilot Wilhelm Kriessman risked a transfer to a penal batallion spiriting a Bf 108 Typhoon to his hometown.
tags: Wilhelm Kriessmann, Bf 108, luftwaffe
Distinguished Flying Cross recipient John Wilkinson recalls two of his dogfights with the Fw 190.
tags: Fw 190, Focke Wulf, John Wilkinson, Dogfight
In 1945, Captain Eric Brown, RN, questioned Reichsmarshall Herman Goring, then prisoner, about the failings of the Luftwaffe.
After 30 years of distinguised service, Col. Charles Edward McGee, USAF (Ret.) set the record for Air Force fighter missions with 409.
Following a bombing mission to Frankfurt, Wing Commander Ken Wallis recalls how having "the luckiest thought ever" saved his life.
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RADM Edward L. "Whitey" Feightner describes the futility of trying to build a single aircraft to meet the needs of all the branches.
Captain Eric Brown felt right at home in the cockpit of the Lancaster.
tags: Captain Eric Winkle Brown, Avro Lancaster, Royal Navy
Brig. Gen. Robert F. Titus, USAF (ret.), recalls how a conversation with Israel's Maj. Gen. Hod helped secure guns for the F-15.
Maj. General Fred J. Ascani, USAF shares this thoughts and experiences with the B-36 Peacemaker.
Flying over Canada, test pilot John Fitzpatrick had an unexpected toboggan ride in his F-84.
Col. Wendell "Wendy" Shawler USAF (ret) recalls his experiences in the cockpits of Soviet and Chinese-made MiG-17s.
After a close encounter, Lt. Col. Norvin "Bud" Evans concluded patrolling for MiGs-15s with F-80s wasn't worth the risk.
John Kummer's 98th mission was almost his last. With his canopy torn away and a damaged tail fin, he managed to land his F-84.
Air Vice Marshall Paddy Harbinson talks about his love affair with the F-86 Sabre.
Captain Eric Brown, RN, recalls the beautiful layout of the B-29's cockpit.
Elaine D. Harmon recalls the one time she broke with her "goody-goddy" reputation as a WASP.
Air Vice Marshall Eric Macey, RAF (ret), recalls the special delivery he made, in his Avro Vulcan, during Winston Churchill's state funeral.
Maj. Gen F.J. Ascani, USAF, recalls the trial and tribulations as program director of the XB-70 Valkyrie.
Col. Walter Boyne, USAF, believed the dangers of flying the B-47 were balanced by the safety its high speed provided against enemy aircraft.
Test pilot Joseph Engle was officially "Goosey" after experiencing a third brake failure in an A-7 Corsair II.
An F-80 tip tank test brough Lt. Col. Norvin "Bud" Evans into hostile Korean airspace for the first time.
Brig. General Guy Townsend described the politics behind the XB-51 cancellation.
Major General F.J. Ascani, USAF, remembers narrowly escaping from an XB-42, with two dead engines and no landing gear.
Test Pilot and Engineer Philip F. Oestricher took a trip to the model store to help him design the high altitude RB-57F.
Col. Ken O. Chilstrom, USAF, used "a little skill and a lot of luck" to survive the test flight of a German Fw 190.
Stranded on a short runway, Luftwaffe bomber pilot Wilhelm Kriessmann, needed a rocket boost to take off in his Arado 234.
Captain Eric Brown, RN, describes the threat and weaknesses of the German Fw 200.
Luftwaffe pilot Wilhelm Kriessmann recounts the exhiliration and tactics of flying the jet powered Arado 234.