The Story Of The Ultimate High Flying Beer Run

Normandy, 70 years ago, and one of the biggest concerns of the British troops who have made it over the channel, survived the landings and pushed out into the bocage against bitter German resistance is not the V1 flying bomb blitz threatening their families back home, nor the continued failure to capture the port of… » 12/12/14 9:10am 12/12/14 9:10am

The Military Used To Drop Troops Behind Enemy Lines With Gliders

These one-time use, engineless aircraft would be towed in pairs near to the front lines of battle carrying troops or supplies to bolster advancing forces. Released high above the opposing forces, pilot's would practically crash land into enemy territory abandoning the lame craft as they joined the action. » 11/26/14 7:28pm 11/26/14 7:28pm

The Supersonic Nazi Rocket Concept Designed to Bomb Any City in 1 Hour

When WWII ended, American engineers examined a trove of Nazi concepts for rocket-powered weapons and airplanes. One of the most terrifying was Eugen Sänger's antipodal bomber, a manned supersonic plane designed to reach any city on Earth in one hour. Thank heavens it never worked. » 8/09/14 5:17pm 8/09/14 5:17pm

The Navy's First Jet Aircraft Also Had A Propeller

It was the height of WWII, aerospace technology was developing at an incredible rate. The jet engine was a fragile new technology, but it sure seemed like the future of combat aviation. Who would be first to field a jet fighter to Navy? Enter the engineers from Ryan Aeronautical and their FR-1 'Fireball' composite… » 8/05/14 1:29pm 8/05/14 1:29pm

D-Day Vet Repeats His Parachute Jump Into Normandy At Age 93

Seventy years ago this week, Jim "Pee Wee" Martin was among the thousands of brave young men who parachuted down over Utah Beach into Normandy, France with the 101st Airborne Division — beginning the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany. On Thursday, at 93 years old, Pee Wee jumped once again.… » 6/06/14 7:30am 6/06/14 7:30am

The 500 MPH Superplane That Bugatti Had to Hide From the Nazis

This is the Bugatti Model 100P: A 900 HP, 500 MPH, race plane imagined by none other than legendary automotive designer Ettore Bugatti, so technologically advanced that it could have single-handedly dominated the skies of WWII for Germany, had the Nazis ever gotten their hands on it. But after more than seven decades… » 3/10/14 11:59am 3/10/14 11:59am

How Underwater Drones Are Searching For the Lost Pilots of WWII

Deep below the Pacific Ocean, dozens of WWII pilots are lying in watery graves, still inside the aircraft took them across the sky decades ago. It's far too late for a rescue, but as Popular Science explains, the people behind the BentProp Project—and their undersea drones—are surfacing these soldiers' incredible… » 8/18/13 4:25pm 8/18/13 4:25pm

Marilyn Monroe Assembled Drones During World War II

It seems every six months or so these photos of Marilyn Monroe from World War II make the rounds on the good ol' internet machine. At the time they were captured in 1944 she hadn't yet taken the name Marilyn Monroe, nor had she dyed her curly locks blonde. She was simply known as Norma Jeane Dougherty and worked in a… » 7/26/13 2:32pm 7/26/13 2:32pm

Incredible 500,000-Piece Lego Recreation of Famous World War II Battle

This 24-foot long diorama created by Brickmania, depicts the WWII Battle of Peleliu, complete with a 10-foot long USS LST-325 ship, tanks, Marines, sailors, bunkers, ambulances and supply trucks. The model is filled with so many amazing details and features, including a shark waiting in the waters for doomed minifig… » 7/10/13 3:59pm 7/10/13 3:59pm