Testing the very first P-80 in the rain, retired USAD pilot Paul Chell had to deal with a dead engine and make a dead stick landing.
Col. Ken O. Chilstrom recalls the first jet accident over U.S. skies.
Carl Yoder recalls the WWII years at the Glenn L. Martin Company and the building of the B-26 Marauder.
Vought Aircraft designer Everett Richard Atkins, saw the A-7 Corsair II through from the intial proposal to the last YA-7F in the 1990s.
Author Richard Kirkland recalls the Spruce Goose's nerve-wracking first flight, as told to him by the project's chief engineer Rea Hopper.
Cmdr. J.R. "Hot Dog" Brown, USN (ret) describes the transition from the F-8 to the F-4.
Gene Baraw recalls the two "severe mishaps" he witnessed working on the flight deck of the USS FDR.
Col. Ray O. Roberts, USAF, recalls dining with the Queen as Commander of the RAF's first Hunter squadron.
tags: Col. Ray O. Roberts, USAF, Roberts, Queen Elizabeth
Aviator Desmond Hill, son of the aeronautical engineer Geoffrey T.R.Hill, recalls a flying career that saw him become the youngest Meteor pilot.
tags: Geoffrey T.R.Hill,Desmond Hill, meteor, gloster meteor
Air Commodore Phil Wilkinson, RAF, recalls the key role played by the Chipmunk in gathering intelligence.
Wing Commander Richard Storer, RAF (Ret.), recalls his assingment as the first manager of the Red Arrows aerobatic team.
tags: Richard Storer, Red Arrows, Wing Commander Richard Storer
Facing fierce opposition on the Eastern Front, Luftwaffe pilot Wilhelm Kriessmann was greatful for his durable He 111.
Captain Eric Brown, RN, recounts hunting through Europe for a German Arado 240.
P-51 pilot John Wilkinson was eyewitness to an Me 163 rocket powered attack.
Captain Eric Brown, RN, reveals his impressions of flying the German Bv 141 asymmetric plane.
Steve Pisanos, pilot in both the RAF and USAAF, almost ended up tangled in high tension wires, dueling with an Me 109.
tags: Steve Pisanos, P-47, dogfight
Captain Eric Brown, RN, desscribes recovering an He 177 with help of the French Resistance.
tags: Eric Brown
According to Captain Eric Brown, the Hawker Tempest was "the main conqueror of the V-1".
tags: V1, Vengeance Weapon, Captain Eric Brown, Winkle Brown
Col. Albert H. Crews has the distinction of being the first pilot to eject upwards out of an F-104.
tags: F-104, Starfighter, Albert Crews
Lt. Col. Norvin "Bud" Evans is the last pilot to eject downwards in an F-104.
tags: Starfighter, F-104, Lt Col Bud Evans
John Fitzpatrick, USAF, talks about his experiences with flying the McDonnell XF-88, an experimental propellor-driven aircraft designed to fly at supersonic speeds.
Col. Ken O. Chilstrom recalls the series of events leading to the tragic crash of the XP-55 at Wright Field in 1945.
Brig Gen. Robert F. Titus, USAF ret., faced resistance when he proposed taking his F-100 over the North Pole!
tags: F-100, Robert Titus, Super Sabre
Aviator John Kummer's twin punchouts landed him a special spot in the Caterpillar Club.
Vice Admiral Jerry Miller, USN (ret), recalls a time when "gun clubbers" discouraged him from pursuing a career in aviation.
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.