Tag: world war

  • B17

    The B-17 Flying Fortress is one of the most famous and recognizable aircraft from World War II today. One B-17 airplane was even the subject of two popular films, both of which are entitled Memphis Belle. On July 28, 1935, the B-17 made its first flight. Though not many B-17s had yet been manufactured when […]

  • B29 Superfortress

    In 1939, prior to the United States entering the Second World War, Boeing submitted the B-29 prototype to the U.S. Army for consideration as a long-range heavy bomber. Boeing hoped that the airplane’s advanced new features, such as its remote controlled guns and pressurized cabin, would appeal to the military. Other attractive features included an […]

  • F4U Corsair

    Though the F4U Corsair may be best known as the airplane flown by Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, the F4U enjoyed many other roles as well and in many areas of the world. In 1938, the U.S. Navy sought the development of a single-seat aircraft carrier based fighter […]

  • P-40 Warhawk

    The P-40 Warhawk is one of the most famous planes of World War II. Curtis based its design on the P-36, and made its inaugural flight on October 14, 1938. In May of 1939, the P-40 earned the largest order ever made for a U.S. fighter aircraft of that time. The P-40, as a single-engine […]

  • P51 Mustang

    The P-51 Mustang was a long-range, high-speed fighter airplane that played a critical role for Allied forces in World War II. North American Aviation produced the first prototype and the Mustang completed its inaugural flight on October 26, 1940. It was the Royal Air Force (RAF) that first expressed interest in the MK I Mustang. […]

  • PBY Catalina

    The PBY Catalina aircraft was used heavily in World War II as a defense against submarines and as convoy escorts, search and rescue aircraft, transports, and patrol bombers. Its versatility and long-range capability made it invaluable. It could be fitted just as easily with depth charges or bombs, torpedoes, or other ordnance. Many thousands of […]

  • Orly International Airport

    Located in Orly in the southern end of Paris, France, Orly Airport was once the city’s main airport. It caters to flights around the globe and you may choose between Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and even Africa if you wish to book a flight from Orly. While Orly Airport is older and better […]

  • Gregory Boyington

    A World War II Ace who also earned the Congressional Medal of Honor and Navy Cross. Gregory Boyington, nicknamed “Pappy”, because at the age of 31 he was much older than the men who served under him in the Black Sheep Squadron he commanded in the United States Marine Corps. The Black Sheep were based […]

  • Charles Lindbergh

    In 1927, at the age of 25, Charles Lindbergh was the first pilot to fly solo, nonstop from New York to Paris across the Atlantic, a distance of 3,610 miles. For achieving this feat, Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize and a lifetime of fame. Lindbergh’s custom built airplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, is […]

  • Eddie Rickenbacker

    Eddie Rickenbacker, known as the Ace of Aces, had more confirmed enemy kills to his credit than any other American pilot in World War I. Before entering the war, Rickenbacker was a famous and successful race car driver. He only got his pilot’s license after he turned 27. He made up for lost time because […]

  • Saint Exupery

    Antoine de Saint-Exupery learned to fly in 1921 when he was with the French Air Force. In 1926, he became a civilian and delivered airmail to remote villages in the Sahara desert. Saint-Exupery flew once again for the French Air Force until the beginning of World War II. In 1940 he left France and resettled […]