U.S. Navy Ace Commander Alex Vraciu Passes Away At Age 96

Yesterday, January 29, 2015 U.S. Navy Ace Commander Alex Vraciu passed away at the age of 96. Vraciu one of the Navy’s top scoring aces, credited with 19 kills during WWII in his Grumman F6F Hellcat. On one occasion he scored 6 kills in one day during the Battle of the Philippine Sea which would later become know as the “Marianas Turkey Shoot”. In late 1944 he was shot down over the Pacific while flying with VF-20 off of the USS Lexington, Vraciu evaded capture and made his way back to American forces. He finally retired from the Navy in 1964 at the rank of Commander. RIP Commander Alex Vraciu.

Naval Aviator Alex Vraciu poses next to his Grumman F6F Hellcat with 19 kill flags displayed.


U.S. Navy fighter pilot Alex Vraciu celebrating 6 victories in one day during the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

Information Wanted About T-33A 55-4402 Pilots

Information Wanted!
Information is wanted on USAF T-33A pilots Lt. Colonel Carl Colson and Captain Russell Johansen, who were flying T-33A 55-4402 on November 1, 1962 when it crashed. Any information is appreciated.


Spirit of St. Louis Has Landed…Once Again

The Spirit of St. Louis, the plane which aviation legend Charles Lindbergh flew when he became the first man to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean on May 21, 1927.  Charles Lindbergh made his final flight in the Spirit of St. Louis from St. Louis to Washington D.C. on April 30,1928 upon which he donated it to the Smithsonian.  The Spirit of St. Louis has just been lowered from the ceiling where it is displayed in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM)  in Washington D.C. for routine maintenance.  Experts at NASM are going to be carrying out conservation work  on the fabric, and the engine, as well as assessing the condition of the Spirit of St. Luis is structurally to make sure that it will be able to preserved for future generations to enjoy.  While it is on the ground visitors to the National Air and Space Museum will have a unique up close look at a one of a kind piece of aviation history.


Sprit of St. Louis being lowered to the ground in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Photo Credit: smithsonianmag.com

A short video about the work that NASM will be doing on the Spirit of St. Louis


WANTED! Vought F7U Cutlass Parts For Restoration:


 -Parts or components bearing a CV10- part number prefix.
-Any Westinghouse J-46 engine parts or components.
-F7U-3/-3M canopy perspex and windscreen plexiglass panels.

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