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much as the title says. a few ground rules:

 

1.should be as close as you can come to the historic event. some leeway is given as not all aircraft or paint schemes are available

2.PLEASE steer clear of airliner crashes or other massive loss of life unless there is a very good reason for it. keep it tasteful if you do ( Iowa ANG escorting United 232 to Sioux City in July 89 ok, a Flagon shooting JAL 007 NOT OK)

3.must give the historic event being presented in the screenshot

finally, have fun!

 

 

to kick it off, here's F-4E 69-7294, also known as the 4000th Phantom,  delivered to the USAF 1 Feb 1971.  later in 1989 it was converted to F-4G Wild Weasel V then finally expended as a QF-4G target in Nov 1998.

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also an example of rule 1 as i don't have a 4000th Phantom tga, so shown from a different angle!

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On this date, 6 February 1968, Captain Robert H. Boles and 1LT Robert B. Battista of the 433rd TFS, in F-4D 66-8688 (call sign Buick 04) shot down a MiG-21 with a sparrow missile over North Vietnam.

 

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On April 29, 1975, South Vietnamese Air Force Major Bung-Ly made the decision to load his family -- his wife and five children -- into a small two-seat Cessna O-1 Bird Dog airplane. Bung-Ly took off from Saigon and made it out to sea, where he looked for a ship to land on and spotted the USS Midway. Without any radio communications, Captain Lawrence Chambers made the decision to allow Ly to land on the flight deck, even though the plane had no tail hook and it was extremely risky...

 

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awesome shots Kulbit,  but the name of the game is this day in history.  please repost in two months and two weeks :lol:

 

meanwhile,  on Valentines Day 1991...

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F-15E sn 89-0487 assigned to the 336th TFS launches a LGB. moments later it would impact a Mi-24 Hind attacking American Special Forces in Iraq, scoring the most unique kill of Operation Desert Storm

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Mr Smith goes to Viet Nam

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BG James Stewart completed his final combat mission while flying as an observer on an Arc Light mission over Vietnam. BG Stewart enlisted as a private in the USAAC prior to Pearl Harbor. His college education and pilots license allowed him to be commissioned a 2LT six months later. Assigned to various training units, he constantly requested to join a combat unit. His request was finally granted and he flew his first combat mission in a B-24 in Jan 1943. Eventually in 1945 he was promoted to the rank of Colonel, rising to that rank from Private in just 4 years. He flew lead ship in missions over Germany until he was assigned as Commander 2d Bombardment Wing. After the war Stewart remained in the Air Corp and then the USAF as a reserve officer. He served as commanding officer of Dobbins ARB, and stayed current in the SAC bombers of the time. Brigadier General James Maitland Stewart retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1968.

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think on that next time you watch Its A Wonderful Life!

 

information from Brian Swopes This Day in Aviation Site

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25 Feb 1984... final operational flight of an F-105 anywhere  occurs at Hill AFB Utah, with the Air Force Reserves' 466th TFS retiring their Thuds to receive F-16As...

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11 April 1952. At the Piasecki Helicopter Corporation factory at Morton Grove in Pennsylvania, the first YH-21 tandem-rotor helicopter, serial number 50-1231, made it’s first flight. The test pilots were Leonard Joseph (“Len”) LaVassar and Martin P. (“Marty”) Johnson, both former U.S. Navy aviators.

In 1955, Piasecki became Vertol and eventually Boeing Vertol. The company would continue to produce tandem rotor helicopter which was in use by Army/ Air Forces of many countries such as France, Sweden, Japan, Germany, Canada, Burma and Zaire and of course United States of America.

 

And it is a beautiful aircraft.

 

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5 May 2017 (yes, it is today). Recce Phantoms land for the last time in Europe. This day marks the retirement of the last RF-4E Phantoms of the Hellenic Air Force.

"This jet will remain deeply rooted in our hearts. It not only represents 15 tonnes of metal, it is our most faithful friend, the one that offered us unforgettable moments, it’s a piece of our lives. The last Hellenic RF-4E Phantom II will land for the last time on May 5, 2017. Goodbye friend…" - Lt Col Dimitrios Papadimitriou, the last commander of 348 MTA.

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3/4 July 1976... 4 x Israeli Air Force C-130H Hercules en-route to Entebbe, Uganda.

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The first part of the 2,400 mile journey included a transit down the Red Sea towards Somalia at 50ft.

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The aircraft used were serials 4X-FBA (102), 4X-FBB (106), 4X-FBQ (420) and 4X-FBT (435)

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a two fer today....

 

23 July 1970: the first rollout of the DC-10 airliner at the McDonnell Douglas Plant in Long Beach. After testing was completed the first aircraft went on to fly for over twenty years with American Airlines, before being converted to MD-10 standard then serving another few years with FedEx before being scrapped in 2002

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23 July 1983: due to issues with fuel calculations, Air Canada Flight 143 runs out of fuel over Ottawa and had to make an emergency engine out landing in a Boeing 767-100 at Gimli Motorsports Park (formerly RCAF Station Gimli). Due to both engines stopping, the aircraft lost all electrical and hydraulic power, and glided silently to a landing at the former airbase.

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24 July 1969. Apollo 11 splashdown.

SH-3D 152711 of HS-4 'Black Knights' from USS Hornet conducting its third spacecraft recovery.

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23 August 1954, the YC-130A took off for the first time. This has started a production run still going 63 years later and a machine that will be in service 100 years past that first flight.

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September 3rd 1943

Eight P-40M fighters of No. 16 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force provided bottom cover to a force of USAF Consolidated B-24 Liberators bombing Kahili. On the way home, two Kiwi pilots dropped back to cover a damaged B-24, which was under attack by eight to 10 Zeros. They were successful in driving off the attackers and escorted the bomber safely back to base. For their efforts, both pilots, Flight Lieutenant M.T. Vanderpump and Flight Sergeant J.E. Miller, received the American Distinguished Flying Cross, the first awarding of the decoration made to RNZAF personnel.

 

 

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Welch & Taylor intercept Japanese bombers, outbound from their strike...

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9 hours ago, Wrench said:

Welch & Taylor intercept Japanese bombers, outbound from their strike...

 

Dec 7th 1941, Hawai ;-)

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Sep 31st 1940,  late afternoon

303  on its first operational sortie

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30 April 1959, Convair B-36J-1-CF Peacemaker, serial number 52-2220, landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.

The very last flight ever made by one of the giant Cold War-era bombers.

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On this date, 27 July 1972, the McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle (Serial Number 71-0280) took to the air  for the first time over the desert at Edwards AFB, California. (As a side note: today is also my wedding anniversary)

46 years later, with thousands of sorties flown, only 4 have been lost to enemy action and it's air to air combat record is over 100 to ZERO, the best of ANY combat aircraft in history!

 

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1 September 1974.

From New York to London in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 56.4 seconds. Average speed 2,908.026 km/h.

USAF Pilot Major James V. Sullivan, and USAF Reconnaissance Systems Officer Major Noel F. Widdifield set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale  World Record for Speed Over A Known Course flying SR-71A-LO, serial number 61-7972.

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