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WORLD WAR II WITHOUT MUSTANGS

That newspaper article was never written, but it could have been. The reason for its non-appearance at the height of the Second World War can be summarized in one word: Mustangs.

In the two decades before the war, the Army Air Corps developed the theory and practice of strategic bombing. Because there were no long-range fighters, the necessary concept arose around the self-defending bomber, a flying fortress, so to speak, that would escort itself. Thus, the lack of a technology drove the emerging doctrine: the technological tail wagging the doctrinal doggie.

The concept didn’t work. It was demonstrated in Spain

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Victims of the Few

Sunday, 15 September 1940 saw the climax of the Battle of Britain when the Luftwaffe launched a massive series of attacks against London, flying over 1,000 sorties. Although the RAF claimed to have shot down 183 enemy aircraft, German losses numbered fifty-six bombers and fighters, albeit many enemy machines returned to Occupied Europe badly damaged. Chris Goss tells the story about two German bombers which only just made it back.

On Saturday, 14 September 1940, Gruppe I and Gruppe II of Kampfgeschwader 76 (KG 76) had a much needed day off from their assault upon the United Kingdom. This was

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Under New Command fOR MORE THAN FORTY years Strategic Air Command was the sole operator of the US Air Forces fleet of bombers and the majority of its tankers. However on June 1, 1992 SAC, along with Military Airlift Command (MAC) and Tactical Air Command (TAC) were replaced by two new organisations. Air Combat Command (ACC) and Air Mobility Command (AMC) were formed that day to help streamline USAF operations as the twenty first century approaches. ACC is based broadly along the lines of TAC even to me extent of having its headquarters located in the former Tactical Air Command building at Langley AFB, Virginia. AMC operates from Scott AFB, Illinois from the building previously housing the headquarters of MAC.

All aircraft formerly assigned to MAC, SAC and TAC and which are home based in the continental United States have been transferred to one of the two new Commands, resulting in new markings and colour schemes being applied. Whereas ACC has assumed virtually all of TAC’s assets and AMC has been given the majority of MAC’s aircraft types, the 1,000 plus bombers and tankers of SAC have been divided between the two organisations.

As its title suggests Air Combat Command has the primary role of strike and air defence with an area of responsibility encompassing not just the United States

Continue reading Under New Command fOR MORE THAN FORTY years Strategic Air Command was the sole operator of the US Air Forces fleet of bombers and the majority of its tankers. However on June 1, 1992 SAC, along with Military Airlift Command (MAC) and Tactical Air Command (TAC) were replaced by two new organisations. Air Combat Command (ACC) and Air Mobility Command (AMC) were formed that day to help streamline USAF operations as the twenty first century approaches. ACC is based broadly along the lines of TAC even to me extent of having its headquarters located in the former Tactical Air Command building at Langley AFB, Virginia. AMC operates from Scott AFB, Illinois from the building previously housing the headquarters of MAC.

Col William B. Bailey

The nagging thought returned as I crossed the English Channel: ‘Did I make the right choice?’ As CO of the 352nd Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group flying the P-47 Thunderbolt, beside and behind me at 26,000ft were an additional 15 olive drab P-47s containing pilots for whose lives I was responsible.

The P-47, although huge in comparison to other Allied fighters, was a delight to fly. With its big Pratt & Whitney R-2800 out front, it was intimidating at first, but once inside this spacious cockpit the ‘Jug’ was a real honest airplane, stable and easy to fly at all

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Back on the Beat

WHAT WAS the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, really up to when he announced on August 17, 2007, that long-range patrol flights would be resumed on a regular basis? He claimed that external security threats were forcing him to revive the Soviet-era practice of sending bomber aircraft on regular patrols beyond the borders. And while this may have marked a turning point in political manoeuvring between East and West, it also provided another well-publicised morale-booster to his people.

Russian bomber force commanders and aircrews have been much more pragmatic in their interpretation of this decision; they see it as a long-overdue

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50-year-old B-52 bombers will serve as the most modernized armies of the world for another 30 years

All long-range bombers B-52 Stratofortress USAF crossed the 50-year mark, the report said the U.S. aircraft manufacturing concern Boeing. According to the group, October 26, 2012 marks 50 years of B-52H aircraft, tail number 61-040, U.S. Air Force put the last one in 1962. This bomber is assigned to the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

The oldest B-52H bomber in May 2012 was 51 year. Supply aircraft version H USAF concern Boeing exercised from May 1961 to October 1962. During this time the aircraft 102 produced by B-52 in eight different ways. Currently in service with the

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Parade of the Western District received bombers Su-34

Experts of the Western Military District completed the acceptance at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association named after Chkalov five new Sukhoi Su-34. On this, as reported by "Interfax", said the head of the press service of the cooling zone, Colonel Andrei Bobrun. According to him, January 25, 2013, these aircraft will go to the airport "Baltimore" in Voronezh.

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The acceptance of the bombers carried out the engineering and flight crews of the Voronezh aviation base WEST. Inspection and testing of the Su-34 took place during

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Russian Air Force in 2011 will receive six new Su-34 bombers

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Russian Air Force in 2011 will receive six new Su-34 bombers. The aircraft will be built at the Novosibirsk aircraft plant under contract to the Defense Ministry. On it informs "Interfax".

State contract, signed between the Ministry of Defence and the company "Sukhoi" in 2008, is designed for 5 years. In 2010, at the Novosibirsk aircraft plant was built four bombers Su-34. This year, the plant’s capacity will be increased to six aircraft per year. Share 0

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The air base strategic bombers in the Amur region is shown in full combat readiness

Text:Interfax

Strategic bombers Tu-95MS bombers ready to fly from an air base in the Amur region in the framework of a sudden check the combat readiness of the troops of the Eastern Military District, said on Sunday, the Press Service and Information of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

"By order of the President of the Russian Federation from 17:00 Moscow time on July 13 is on alert" full "6952 Airbase" Ukrainian woman "(Serishevski region of Amur region — IF) Command of long-range aircraft. By the departure of preparing for combat use of

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In August 2008, Russia did go up in the air Tu-160

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A senior officer of the Russian Air Force announcedTelegrapher, that during the short Georgian-Ossetian conflict Russia really raised the strategic bombers Tu-160 in the air for preventive measures.

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