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September Eleventh, 2001

In case you weren’t here back then….

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Las Vegas Airlines

They went out of business……..good.

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The Death of Rich Russell

Since his tragic death, Rich Russell has become a legend in the world of aviation.

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F-16 Arrives at Oshkosh Airshow

Maybe he just came in hot, forgot to lower the flaps, forgot to deploy the speed brakes and fucked up.

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

“The Lake, it is said, never gives up her dead.
When the skies of November turn gloomy.”
-Gordon Lightfoot

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The Crash of “Keep 19”

Goldsboro, NC, January 24, 1961- A U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52G Stratofortress, 58-0187, (the last Block 95 airframe),call sign “Keep 19”, of the 4241st Strategic Wing, 822d Air Division, Eighth Air Force, based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was on Coverall airborne alert. The bomber was commanded by Major Walter S. Tulloch, U.S. Air [...]

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FUEL LEAK

George AFB, California, 1979. I was the Dedicated Crew Chief for the F-4G 69-0238 “Super Chicken”. I was gassing up for the afternoon go when things went horribly wrong. The R-9 fuel truck stopped pumping and I checked the external tanks to see if they were full. They weren’t. I told the truck driver to [...]

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39 Die in Landing Mishap

Las Vegas NV- 37 passengers and two crew members succumbed to fumes after a 737-200 (N666JT) landed at McCarran Airport.  The 737 aircraft was taxing to parking when the crew reported fumes in the cockpit.  Captain Brian Aldridge stopped the aircraft on the taxiway and ordered an immediate evacuation.  Details remain sketchy as injured passengers [...]

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The USS Forest Fire

Every soldier, an infantryman. Every sailor, a firefighter.

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“Holy Joe” Holy Shit!

Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.  Right? B-29-20-BA Superfortress (s/n 42-63489) named “Holy Joe” was assigned to  the 881st Bomb Squadron, 500th Bomb Group, 20th Air Force based on Saipan. On 18 FEB, 1945, with 1/Lt James M. Pearson in command and co-pilot 2/Lt Edward Porada they took of at 0647 HRs [...]

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