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October 3, 2023

A Snapshot of Aviation History: B-24 Assembly during WWII

A line of Consolidated B-24E Liberators proceeds along the assembly line at Ford’s Willow Run plant near Detroit, Michigan. At its peak in 1944, the Willow Run plant produced one B-24 every hour.
From the Archives: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Using Drag Chute During Landing
August 17, 2023

From the Archives: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Using Drag Chute During Landing

With a touchdown speed of approximately 155 knots (178 miles per hour) and a design landing weight of 68,000 pounds, the SR-71 had significant energy to dissipate upon landing. To assist with this, a massive drag chute was deployed after touchdown. 
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August 14, 2023

A Snapshot of Aviation History – A Massive Hangar for Massive Blimps

Just as mission requirements for aircraft evolve over the years, so too do the mission requirements for hangars. Originally built as a hangar for massive blimps, this wooden hangar was repurposed to house US Marine Corps CH-46 and CH-53 helicopters. Although these are some of the largest helicopters in the USMC fleet, they are dwarfed…
Business Jets in the US Coast Guard
August 14, 2023

Business Jets in the US Coast Guard

When most business jets roll out of their factories, they have relatively luxurious lives ahead of them. Private aviation is filled with resourceful owners in the form of wealthy individuals or corporations, and these premium aircraft typically fly a modest number of hours annually as they visit destinations like Miami, LA, and Teterboro. Between private flights, they tend to be regularly pampered with meticulous detailing, inside and out.
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July 26, 2023

P-38 Lightnings on Carrier Deck

Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and North American P-51 Mustangs are transported aboard a US Navy escort carrier enroute to Europe during WWII. While neither of these types were capable of operating from a carrier, they were commonly disassembled and loaded onto lighter escort carriers for long-distance transport. Wings, propellers, and control surfaces were removed and engines and canopies were covered for protection from the elements during the transport.