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Been fascinated with airplanes since I was 5 feet shorter than I am now.

Been fascinated with airplanes since I was 5 feet shorter than I am now.

Landing on a Carrier is not for the faint of heart!  Thank you to all who serve in the U.S. Navy.

Landing on a Carrier is not for the faint of heart! Thank you to all who serve in the U.S. Navy.

Major Ralph Kuster shoots down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 with his F-105's 20mm cannon.    The U.S. Air Force shot down 137 MiG fighters during the Vietnam War, 61 of which were MiG-17s.

Major Ralph Kuster shoots down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 with his F-105's 20mm cannon. The U.S. Air Force shot down 137 MiG fighters during the Vietnam War, 61 of which were MiG-17s.

A combat crew receives final instructions just before taking off in a mighty B-17 bomber from a bombardment squadron base at the field, in Langley Field, Virginia, in May of 1942.

A combat crew receives final instructions just before taking off in a mighty B-17 bomber from a bombardment squadron base at the field, in Langley Field, Virginia, in May of 1942.

F-14A Tomcats - VF-84 The Jolly Rogers & (CVN-88) USS Nimitz (1980's). The F-14's first movie appearance wasThe Final Countdown...'splash the Zeros'

F-14A Tomcats - VF-84 The Jolly Rogers & (CVN-88) USS Nimitz (1980's). The F-14's first movie appearance wasThe Final Countdown...'splash the Zeros'

This rare photo taken through the canopy of one of the chase planes shows Pete Knight’s X-15A-2 before launch as it vents expanding gases from ascending to altitude. Notice the experimental scramjet housing mounted under the rear of the aircraft. This would burn and fall off the aircraft during the flight.

This rare photo taken through the canopy of one of the chase planes shows Pete Knight’s X-15A-2 before launch as it vents expanding gases from ascending to altitude. Notice the experimental scramjet housing mounted under the rear of the aircraft. This would burn and fall off the aircraft during the flight.

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