By Tom Demerly for TACAIRNET.com Astronaut and test pilot John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, has died … Continue reading John Glenn: July 1921 – December 2016.
When you have one of the most important dignitaries in the world visiting your country, who also happens to be … Continue reading America Deployed its Best Fighter to Cover the Pope’s Tour of the Country
09:26, 8 June 1966. General Electric Aerial Publicity Photo Shoot. Flight Level 320, 17 Miles northeast of Barstow, California. “MIDAIR! MIDAIR!” … Continue reading Crash of The Valkyrie.
By Tom Demerly for ALERT 5. When a manned aircraft approaches the speed of the sound it is thought to … Continue reading 68 Years Ago Today: Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier.
By Tom Demerly for ALERT 5. It flew at nearly Mach 7, seven times the speed of sound and twice … Continue reading 47 Years Ago Today: The Fastest Manned Aircraft Flight Ever.
Early F-14 Tomcats had serious issues with maneuverability, especially during close-in engagements or dogfights. When the aircraft was positioned at … Continue reading Spinning Tomcats
Here’s a riddle for you: It starts like a Skyhawk, turns into a Phantom and finishes off like a Starship. … Continue reading XFV-12
On this day in 1961 Major Robert White piloted the X-15 on its first full-throttle flight, reaching a speed of … Continue reading First full-throttle flight of the X-15
On this day in history, the Apollo 13 command module finally splashed down in the Pacific Ocean southwest of American … Continue reading Apollo 13 Splashdown
On this day in 1981, the Space Shuttle Columbia landed at Edwards Air Force Base after completing a 54.5 hour, … Continue reading STS-1 Returns To Earth