Author: John Buchan

Striking photographs of the Soviet Bomber Fleet

The Soviet Union has, like all military superpowers, made full use of their air power to ensure the safety of the nation. In a manner similar to that of the US or any European power, their air force has been used for strategic, photographic, rescue, and military action. This is a short photo essay of […]

P-51 Mustang Involved in Near-Miss With Another Airplane in UK

According to a report from the UK Airprox Board, an incident occurred on June 14 2020 involving a WWII P-51 Mustang where it and another aircraft came uncomfortably close to each other in the skies over Cranfield in Bedfordshire. A trainee pilot and their instructor were returning from a training flight in a four-seater DA40 […]

Father-son Team of Historians Discovers Long Lost Fw 190 in Rural Czech Republic

In a remarkable feat of historical sleuthing, a father-son team of military historians have located the largely-intact remains of a lost Fw 190, a German WWII fighter shot down over South Bohemia by Allied fighters. The duo from Prague have turned their discovery over to a local museum for safekeeping. Using a combination of satellite […]

The US Air Force B-29 Origins of the Russian Tupolev TU-4

The Tupolev Tu-4 technically originate to the decade before WWII, which was a time of extraordinary aeronautical design development for the US military. The B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-24 Liberator both played a key role in the Battle for Europe, but a bigger, better, longer range bomber, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress was on its […]

Red Stone Commemorates Veteran Red Army Pilots Who Trained in Scotland

To passersby in the Scottish village of Errol, the appearance of an otherworldly red stone on the grounds of the Parish Church this past week might spark more than a little curiosity. The stone, cut from an enormous block of Karelian Shoksha quartzite, was mined in northwest Russia and cut to size before being shipped […]

Texas Raiders B-17 Flying Fortress Returns to the Skies

Texas Raiders’ owners Gulf Coast Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, based in Conroe, Texas, successfully swapped out the failed engine on their B-17 Flying Fortress warplane in time to fly to an event at McKinney, Texas, on October 17, 2020. The engine developed problems as they were returning from a Labor Day event at […]

Pilot Gets Chance to Live Dream to Fly Spitfire

WWII pilot Bernard Gardiner joined the Royal Air Force in 1940 when he was just 18 years old. He flew Hawker Hurricanes and Hawker Typhoons during the war but always hoped to fly a Spitfire. Unfortunately, he never had the chance. That is, he hadn’t had the chance until October 3rd this year when the […]

Son of RAF Hero Locates Hampden From His Father’s Squadron

London-based actor John Watts never met his father.  One month into his mother’s pregnancy in the summer of 1940, his father’s Hampden bomber collided with a barrage balloon on its way back to the airfield after flying a sortie from Lincolnshire to support ground troops across the Channel on the 13th of June. The balloon, […]

Last Remaining XB-70 Rolls Out of Hangar Looking Brand New

Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, the home of the XB-70, were treated to a rare sight this past October as maintenance work on its storage hangars required the temporary relocation of a rare piece of American aviation history. Workers towed the single remaining North American XB-70 Valkyrie, […]

The Struggle to Claim Military History Amid a Scavenger Hunt

When one thinks about the archaeological treasures of a nation, many things might come to mind: relics of extinct civilizations, long-lost precious cargo hidden away awaiting discovery by savvy treasure-hunters, or mysterious feats of prehistoric engineering, to name just a few – but in much of the world, ‘history’ as people understand it is far […]

Aluminum Overcast B-17 Bomber Making a Public Appearance

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) had to stop their national tour of the restored Aluminum Overcast B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. They have now implemented new safety measures and resumed the tour. Currently the potential locations for public appearances are limited to locations that the plane can travel to from their […]

RAF Bomber Command Memorial Daubed With Paint by Drunken Woman

On 10th June this year, Charlie Barnes took a can of blue paint and daubed the words “all lives matter” across the Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park. Her misguided attempt at graffiti has earned her a £630 bill from Judge Lucinda Lubbock, in the Westminster Magistrates Court. Ms. Barnes claims that […]