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China's Massive Victory Day Parade Was Long On Weapons But Short On Power Players

The 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in WWII, a conflict that took some 14 million Chinese lives, was celebrated in grand fashion this morning in Beijing. Yet the fact that high-level American and European dignitaries were nowhere to be found was a clear sign of the times as tensions in the South China Sea and East…

This Giant Nazi Plane Was The Largest Land-Based Transport Of WWII

It is one crazy flying machine, looking like something more out of a cartoon than something that can actually fly. Part of its strange, bulbous shape comes from its roots as a Me 321 military glider, an aircraft that was key to Hitler’s plan to invade England. From this genesis came the largest land based operational…

A Catalina Seaplane Was Destroyed During Nic Cage Movie Production

After four days of being half sunk and rocked by the surf on a sandbar near the Florida-Alabama state line, the Catalina PBY Flying boat was pulled from its resting place and towed out into deeper waters towards a salvage barge. An attempt to lift the aircraft aboard the barge via a crane caused the aircraft to…

Was This Huge WWII Floatplane Going To Deploy Mini-Subs To U.S. Shores? 

After yesterday’s Catalina catastrophe, I began to wonder what the biggest floatplane ever built was. Not a flying boat, where the aircraft’s fuselage also serves as a monohull with pontoons providing sea-keeping stability, but literally a plane attached to floats. Then I came across the obscure Italian-built CANT…

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Huge Military Display In Moscow For The 70th Anniversary Of Victory Day

Some 200 military ground vehicles, 140 aircraft and 16,500 troops participated in the 70th anniversary of Victory Day parade held in Moscow’s Red Square today. Highlights included Russia’s new “Armata” family of armor and China’s President Xi Jinping standing alongside Putin for the whole affair.

Canada Celebrates Battle Of Britain With This Stunning CF-18 Hornet 

The Canadian Air Force Hornet Demo Team will be flying this beautiful CF-18 at its shows this year, painted to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. Over 100 Canadian pilots are estimated to have flown at the controls of Spitfires and Hurricanes in the battle, with 23 paying the ultimate sacrifice.