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German aircraft shoots down balloon, gets shot down

Ewan was very impressed to watch this video and realize he had just been holding in his hand pieces of that actual shot-down airplane. Continue reading

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Pilots without parachutes – part 2

“If all of you pilots had parachutes,” he told me coldly, “then you’d be inclined to use them on the slightest pretext, and the Air Service would lose planes that might otherwise have been brought down safely.” Continue reading

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Pilots without parachutes

I was amazed when I learned that WWI pilots had no parachutes. Continue reading

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Hat in the Ring Squadron – origin of the insignia

A few weeks ago, I saw the Hat in the Ring insignia on a box of children’s toys. Continue reading

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To shoot a balloon

Why did observation balloons count in aces’ scores? Continue reading

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Eddie Rickenbacker and the Ivy Leagues

Decisiveness is vital; intelligence is just a bonus. Continue reading

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Replica aircraft that fly: the Spad XIII

“I hurried to the field. There they were, three beauties.” Continue reading

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P-51 Mustang according to Eddie Rickenbacker

“I had never heard such enthusiasm for an airplane. I looked at it, and it was beautiful.” Continue reading

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