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The Complex Manhattan Project

On this day in 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in…

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Minding Our P’s and T’s This Memorial Day

In between family, friends, burgers, beers and innings this weekend, we would all do well to take a moment, long or short, verbal or silent,…

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The Bismarck: the end of Battleships with WW II Air Power

On this day in 1941, The Schlachtschiff KMS Bismarck, pride of the Kriegsmarine, is sunk by the combined effects of shellfire, torpedo hits and deliberate…

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The Marshall Plan for a New World

On this day in 1948, President Harry S Truman signs the Marshall Plan into law. Officially it was entitled the European Recovery Program, an American…

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The Creation and Amazing Feats of the Royal Air Force (RAF)

On this day in 1918, precisely 101 years ago, the Royal Air Force (RAF) is formed with the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC)…

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The Battle of Iwo Jima-36 Days in Hell

One surviving Marine Corps officer thinks the question is still moot: “We saved a lot of airplanes, but whether it was worth the Marine lives to save Air Force planes, I don’t know.” However, the 2,400 Army Air Force pilots who were forced to land at Iwo Jima between its capture and V-J Day had no doubts. Said one, “Whenever I land on this island, I thank God and the men who fought for it.”

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