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Flight Journal August 2020

Flight Journal is the world’s number one historical aviation brand. It is the go-to publication for those seeking the aviation experience as seen from the cockpit by history-making pilots and through the lenses of the world’s best aviation photographers. The emphasis is on giving readers unexpected aviation information and making them part of landmark experiences in a way that is to be found in no other periodical.

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Air Age Media
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in this issue

2 min.
pacific survivors

For America, WW II began and ended in the Pacific. From Pearl Harbor, the war moved quickly from island to island, many of these obscure volcanic atolls no one ever heard of: Guadalcanal, Rabaul, Emirau, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and so many more. These idyllic islands, with their beautiful coral shores, palms, and tropical breezes, were a sharp contrast to the savage and sinister enemy that occupied them. They were also home to some of the most brutal land, sea, and air battles of the war. America called on a young generation of warriors to take on this enemy and so many answered. One of them was Captain John Morgan, and he wanted to fly. Our feature “Sole Survivors” chronicles the wartime adventures of John, who may be one of…

3 min.

flight@airage.com facebook.com/FlightJournal instagram.com/Flight_Journal_magazine Flight Journal, Air Age Media 11 Grumman Hill, Ste. 5, Wilton, CT 06897 FACEBOOK NYC Flyover On April 28, the US Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadrons performed flyovers over and around New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Philadelphia in a collaborative salute to the essential employees and emergency workers serving during the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The formation of six USAF F-16C/D Fighting Falcons and six US Navy F-18C/D Hornets performed the flyovers to recognize all the healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during this troubling time. Wayne Chiuu: Beautiful group formation precision flying by our Thunderbirds and Blue Angels, symbols of our strength. Thank You. WE WILL WIN THIS BATTLE! Two thumbs up, gentlemen. Norman Sease:…

12 min.
sole survivors

When Pearl Harbor was attacked, I was home at the time. It was a Sunday, and we heard it on the radio like everybody else. I was living with my parents and working for American Airlines at LaGuardia Field. We were outfitting planes to go overseas, converting commercial airplanes for use by the military. I had never been in an airplane except commercially, and I had never flown a light plane. I felt that an aerial line of duty was what I wanted, because I didn’t want to end up in a trench somewhere. It turned out pretty good for me, but my brother Robert was not as fortunate. An Army Air Corps B-24 top turret gunner and engineer, he survived two crashes but was over the Adriatic when his bomber…

2 min.
the legend of maj. paul "pappy" gunn

"Pappy" Gunn had served in the U.S. Navy for twenty years before retiring to start airlines in Hawaii and the Philippines. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he returned to the service — and received a Distinguished Flying Cross for flying in medical supplies to besieged troops on the Bataan Peninsula. He was evacuated to Australia, and in the summer of 1942, he began his major contribution to the war effort. Gunn started to add M2 .50-caliber machine guns to the noses of A-20 Havoc light bombers. The planes had been okay, able to carry a ton of bombs, but bombing from high altitude often didn't work with ships. So Gunn began modifying the A-20s, and later the B-25s, with M2s scavenged from fighters that had brought back their pilots, but which…

8 min.
dueling in the fast lane

The European theater held more surprises for the Allies than the Pacific theater did. The Germans were leaders in developing state-of-the-art weapons, and if the war had lasted into 1946, it might have held some very lethal surprises for New York City and Washington, D.C. Using conventional aircraft, the AAF and RAF had to tangle with the Luftwaffe’s new jet-propelled aircraft, and they did a superb job of it. Basically, it was the P-51 Mustangs protecting the bombers deep into Germany, as they were pelted with attacks from the Me 262 and Me 163 Komet. These encounters were just an inkling of future dogfights in the fast lane. The first time a Mustang had a chance to bag a 262 happened on August 28, 1944, when two pilots from the 78th…

1 min.
a weapon misused

The Messerschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe aka “Swallow” was the first operational turbojet in the world, and it first flew in July 1942. By the time it was in mass production, if the Allied bombing efforts hadn’t been persistent, it might have swayed the war in favor of the Axis. It was first used in combat toward the end of July 1944, and more than 1,400 were manufactured. Of this total, only 300 saw combat. After WW II ended, many of the Allied leaders stated, “Thank God that Hitler made the decisions.” They were referring to several incidents, but this one stands out, as Hitler overruled his generals, ordering them to utilize the Me 262 as a bomber instead of a high-altitude interceptor. It was a very costly mistake for the…