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Aussie Mustang Flies Again

Photography & Words by Matt Savage Shortly after 2.30pm on Friday December 16th, 2016 in Tyabb, Victoria, a crowd of over 100 people watched as Commonwealth CA-18 Mustang PR.22 A68-199 took to the skies on her maiden, post-restoration flight. Nick Caudwell was at the controls. Engineer Peter Robinson accompanied him in the rear seat, w...

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Pharewell to the Phantom

The US Military bid a final farewell to the mighty McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II on December 21st, 2016, as the last active examples were paid off in a ceremony and brief flying display under heavily overcast skies at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico. While the Phantom II officially retired from US front line squadron use in...

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From Enemies to Brothers

73 years ago today, one of World War II’s most incredible moments took place… As German fighter ace Franz Stigler approached the badly damaged American B-17, he took his finger off the trigger. “My God, how are you still flying?” Franz thought. Inside the bomber’s cockpit, the 21-year-old rookie American pilot, Charlie Brown, was think...

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A Family Tradition

It’s the summer of 1967. Lyndon B. Johnson is president, Rolling Stone published their first magazine and girls all over the world are going crazy over an English boy-band called The Beatles. Right now, none of that matters. With sweaty hands, a young cadet carries his helmet bag toward the F-4 Phantom, mentally preparing himself for his first f...

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CAF’s Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina Restoration Update

Over the years, the Commemorative Air Force has owned and operated five different PBY Catalinas, but unfortunately the type has so far not enjoyed much longevity with the organization with PBY-6A Bu.64000 being written off in a crash in 1975; PBY-5A Bu.46590 succumbing to corrosion in 1984 (and now parted out); PBY-6A Bu.63998 being written off in...

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