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Jimmy Stewart Wants You to Join the U. S. Army Air Corps!

Winning Your Wings” is the theme of this 1942 U. S. Army recruiting film featuring then Army pilot and Hollywood Movie Star, Lieutenant Jimmy Stewart.  Sit back, relax. and let this 18:42 Long WWII film take you back to another day and age, one which many of us can still vividly remember:

Stewart went on to become a senior officer during the war, in which he flew 20 combat missions.  Because he remained an active USAF reservist during the post war period, he was ultimately able to achieve the rank of Brigadier General before retiring, on May 31, 1968.

By this time, General Stewart had accumulated 12 civilian and military medals, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, and numerous Lifetime Achievement awards from different institutes. This talented Air Force and movie veteran passed away in 1997.

Many may not realize it, but Stewart was a pilot before he joined the Air Forces, having accumulated some 400 hours on his own effort as a civilian.

 

20th Century had B-1s and B-2s, but the B-21 is 21st Century

  Virg Hemphill

The USAF has decided to set aside its hi-tech B-1 Lancer and B-2 Stealth bombers for the new high-altitude, long-range stealth strike bomber, named the B-21 “Raider,” in honor of the famed General Doolittle Tokyo Raiders of WWII fame. This story is once again the result of information supplied by our Aviation News Scout, Virg Hemphill, at left.

This new advanced bomber clearly embodies some of the unique aerodynamic characteristics and shape of the WWII Northrup Aviation experimental Flying Wing, an airplane whose first versions were actually propeller powered.  But this new Northrup creation embodies features not even the material of dreams, when the first Flying Wings took to the air over California’s high desert.

While still a flying-wing airframe, having no vertical stabilizers or rudder, but rather a sharp squared wing, it does clearly remain true to the old Flying Wing theme, since there is no distinction between its fuselage and wing, they being one and the same overall structure.  Here are some informative videos about this new USAF transition.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announces that the B-21 bomber will be called the B-21 Raider. The name represents the historically important role the new long-range stealth bomber will lead for the next 50 years.

Assisting Secretary James on stage (immediately below) to announce the name, was one of the original Doolittle Raiders, in fact, the last living Doolittle Raider, and Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot, 101-year-old Air Force Lt. Col. (ret.), Richard Cole.

It is suggested that you view all videos below in full-screen, to appreciate the hi-resolution used. All of the clips also have full complete audio tracks.

This first short (1:39 long) video shows the official USAF announcement of the B-21’s new name:

Second, this short (7:29 long) video by “The Infographics Show:

Third, this “New Update Defence” video, 4:08 in length (There is some computerized voice used in this clip, so be prepared for some clumsy English):

 

 

Irene’s Awesome Russian Yak-52 Trainer Flight over Australia

Hunter Valley NSW Australia

Pilot Jamie Riddell

Make sure your sound is on, but know that there will nevertheless be little if any sound at the outset, but when Jamie connects the intercom, then you’ll hear them talking just fine, as they converse throughout the flight adventure.

When young Irene and the pilot speak to one another, you won’t want to miss the chatter.  It’s priceless, and the video gives an awesome insight into a young girl’s first great airborne adventure above Australia.  While you will hear the pilot and his passenger’s chatter, you will not hear any loud engine nor wind noise, since the hook up prevented those other sounds from being a significant part of the finished video.

You will watch as this young lady has an experience she’s not likely to forget, and it’s written all over her face as she is cavorted above the airfield at which the Yak is based.  Notice, on take off, what a good rate of climb this trainer possesses.

The Yak is a post WWII 1970s vintage aircraft, designed, built and used in the USSR after the war and now available surplus almost anywhere in the world.  Much like the earlier American equivalent, the North American T6 “Texan,” except that it has a tricycle landing gear.  Of course the tricycle arrangement makes it much easier to land than its American “Texan” counterpart.  The video is 13:44 minutes long.


And, here below, is a short (3″21 minutes long) video of one of these Russian Yak 52 Trainers.  Watch as it shows off its excellent rate of climb speed, and also as it performs some extreme aerobatics after take off.

VIDEOS: Basic Training in the new T6A USAF Jet Prop Trainer

Thanks to our friends at FIGHTER SWEEP for this short (1:15)  video (immediately under the static photo of the plane parked on the ramp) of the new USAF & Navy T-6A Texan II Jet-prop trainer at work plying the clouds. The Raytheon Aircraft-built Texan II is a single-turbo prop engined, two-seat primary trainer, used to teach basic flying skills to Air Force and Navy pilots. 

The aircraft is fully aerobatic and features a pressurized cockpit with an anti-G system, ejection seat and an advanced avionics package with sunlight-readable liquid crystal displays, or as they are more commonly known, a full “Glass Panel.” It is the military trainer version of Raytheon’s Beech/Pilatus PC-9 Mk II.This trainer was first featured on our site some four (4) years ago.  One of its early test pilots was none other than our own FASF Advisor, Patty Wagstaff of Florida, Air Show and International Aerobatic competition fame.

Texan II on Ramp at Vance AFB.

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And, immediately below, is another (4:15 long) video of the Texan II in action – Practicing formation and aerobatic work. The lead female pilot using the cockpit GoPro camcorder is Air Force pilot, Courtney McCallan.

And, below, another T6-Texan II training clip, 3:10 in length.

Below is another video, but this time of the original WWII – Korean Conflict Basic Air Force and Navy Trainer, the North American T6, which was designated the SNJ by the Navy.  The Canadians and British called it the “Harvard.” The Basic Trainer was conventionally powered.  This video is 5:26 in length.  This is the airplane in which your Editor did his basic training in the USAF.

Below is a 3:29 long video using another HD Go-Pro camcorder taking the cockpit view during airshow maneuvers in Germany.  Notice the control stick is the British type with a small ring at the top of the stick.  This is the kind of stick, called a “Spade Stick” found in both the Super-marine Spitfires and Hurricanes fighters that successfully fought the Germans during the Battle of Britain in WWII.

Below is the 3rd phase of flight training at Vance AFB – the class’ final video summary of their year training to be USAF Pilots.  The full video was class (student) produced. Show is 5:30 long.  Gives a good insight to what lies in store for USAF Pilot students in their first year of Pilot Training.  Includes typical student off hours recreation activities and finally the step up to flight training in the T-38 “Talon” aircraft.

T6 Texan in action.

Time to fly! Row of Texans at the ready.

YANKS SMASH TRUK WW II NEWSREEL – Operation Hailstone

Once again thanks to one of our top Aviation News Scouts, retired USAF Pilot, Virg Hemphill, we bring you this WWII newsreel (for you youngsters among us – these black and white films were our only way to “see” what was going down across the globe during WWII).

These “newsreels” were almost exclusively shown each week at our local movie theaters along with the featured films of the day.  TV had not yet been made available to the publc, although its crude prototype had been on display at the 1939 World’s Fair in NYC.  Please enjoy and learn some more U.S. and world history right here with this latest “The News Parade” newsreel from Virg.  It’s only ten (10) minutes long.

Operation Hailstone was considered one more retaliatory strike against the Imperial Japanese Naval Forces, for their attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941,  Truk Island was part of the Caroline Island group in the South Pacific, which had been occupied by the Japanese since the end of WWI, when it was taken from the Germans.  Japan had been our ally during that first world war.  Operation Hailstone took place on February 16 and 17 of 1944.

27 years after the Jenny was perfected here in Columbus, NM, we see, in this newsreel, the huge leap forward our military accomplished in respect to their aircraft inventory and its capabilities.

Curious about Truk today?  There’s now an active scuba diving resort where this once fierce battle raged some 74 years ago.  Here’s their site.

The below Chart of USN Aircraft is thanks to the Aviation Central Website for A/C Displays.

                                                          USN Aircraft Deployed in WWII