Fifty eight years ago today, a F-104C piloted by Lt William T. Smith and Einar K. Envoldson from the 538th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, zoomed to 103,395 feet setting a world altitude record. Designed as a supersonic […]
While we at WarbirdsNews have a strong focus on preserving and promoting the history of military aviation, we are equally involved with the human stories behind the history. Keeping that in mind, we also try […]
As often does, Colonel Scrappy Johnson sends me emails about facts or anecdotes of his aviation career.The one i received few days ago it’s one of the coolest.
In the Luftwaffe, pilots are subject to the laws of the civilian courts while flying. When they create a disturbance by low flying or cause damage as a result of a crash or any other […]
To readpart one click HERE. After his first emotions of relief subsided, he remembered that his troubles were far from over. He was many miles behind enemy lines confronted by miles of freezing, snow covered […]
Few days ago we have published an introductory article about Howard “Scrappy” Johnson (here). Scrappy an article about the Luftwaffe in 1961 when he was an advisor to the West German Air Force, Scrappy wrote […]
During my research for a book about the pilots who flew F-104 Starfighter I had the privilege to meet Howard C. “Scrappy” Johnson in his house in South Florida. After the visit we became “email-friends” […]
You’ve probably seen this video before, Legendary Belgian Air Force Silvers Aerobatic Team member, William “Bill” Ongena performing a touch-roll-touch in a Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, a plane that was infamously difficult to control at lower […]