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A Brief History On October 5, 1929, British Airship R101 crashed in France, killing 48 of the 54 people on board the giant airship.  At the time, the R101 was the largest airship ever, and was not matched or exceeded until the ill-fated Hindenburg was launched 7 years later.  Like the RMS Titanic before her, the R101 was not only the biggest of its kind, it also went down on its maiden flight!  Filled with highly flammable Hydrogen gas, both the R101 and the Hindenburg were basically disasters waiting to happen.  (See some of our other articles about aircraft and…

A Brief History On September 30, 2004, the AIM-54 Phoenix air to air missile was retired from service with the US Navy, having been the prime air to air weapon of the F-14 Tomcat swing wing fighter plane, the king of naval aviation from 1974 to 2006.  With Mach 5 speed and 100 nautical mile range, the Phoenix could be targeted at as many as 6 targets at a time, making the Tomcat the first fighter in aviation history that could shoot down an entire flight of enemy planes at one time!  Oddly enough, the AIM-54 is still in service…

A Brief History On September 29, 1789, the United States Department of War established a regular US Army for the first time, a modest force of only several hundred men.  My, how things have changed!  Today we take a brief look at the US Army, just a few words on its history and its current status. Digging Deeper The United States was never a country to rely on a large standing army, at least not until the period after World War II when we stood ready to defend the US and the Western allied countries against communist expansionism, notably in…

A Brief History On September 25, 2018, comedian, actor and television maven Bill Cosby, “America’s Dad,” was sentenced to prison for the crime of aggravated sexual assault.  He joins a long list of celebrities who have let their sexual urges either get them in trouble or stain their reputations.  We have previously discussed such celebrities in prior articles and today we look at more such tainted personalities.  Who would you add to this list? (Actor Bob Crane, perhaps?) Digging Deeper 1. Bill Cosby, comedian, actor. Not just alleged but convicted.  By his own admission he administered drugs to women in…

A Brief History On September 23, 1913, future fighter pilot combat hero Eugène Adrien Roland Georges Garros of France made an aviation historic first by becoming the first pilot to fly all the way across the Mediterranean Sea, flying from St. Raphael, France, to Bizerte, Tunisia.  Usually referred to by the more manageable name of Roland Garros, this aviation pioneer went on to become the first acknowledged fighter pilot hero during World War I, though unlike the popular legend, was not technically the first fighter “ace.”  Historians often point to Garros as the man that invented air to air combat…

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