Friday Foto

September 23, 1944: Douglas C-47 Skytrains of the 315th Troop Carrier Group, dropping the 1st (Polish) Independent Parachute Brigade into DZ “O” near Grave, southwest of Nijmegen in Holland, on D+6 of Operation Market Garden. By this date however; Operation Market Garden had already stalled and although a tactical gain was not to be made, […]

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C-130 Hercules Celebrates Its 66th Birthday

On August 23, 1954 the YC-130 Hercules made its maiden flight in California from the Lockheed Martin plant in Burbank to Edwards Air Force Base. The C-130 is still in production today, making it the longest running military aircraft production line in history.   The need for the C-130 came from Air Force’s Tactical Air […]

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The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion

In honor of National Airborne Day yesterday, and to give credit where it’s due to these other pioneers and unsung heroes… The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion was nicknamed “Triple Nickles” because of its numerical designation and because 17 of its original 24 “colored test platoon” were from the 92nd Infantry (“Buffalo Soldiers”) Division of the […]

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Happy National Airborne Day!

President George W. Bush created National Airborne Day in 2002. It was created to honor all current U.S. Airborne Forces, and to commemorate the first parachute jump of 48 volunteer members of the U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon on August 16, 1940.  After months of restriction due to Covid-19, U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to 2nd […]

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Friday Foto

General Douglas MacArthur signing Japanese surrender aboard USS Missouri, 2 September 1945. Photo Credit: US National Archives. ********************************** With the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki destroyed by atomic weapons, the will of the Japanese leadership was tested. Then it came the news that the Soviet Union declared war on Japan, with troops crossing into […]

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