Bazooka Charlie – Pilot Who Attached A Bazooka To Plane

The year is 1944, and on a distant French battlefield a column of Nazi tanks are making their way to a beleaguered American position. The German Panzer and Tiger tanks are amongst the best the world has ever seen, and heavily protected from the front and sides- American Sherman tanks often see their shells bounce…

Racing Against the Odds in a WWII Plane

(airplane propellers starting) (dramatic music) – It’s absolutely deafening inside this cockpit. You have an engine that is screaming loud in front of you. The cockpit’s 140 degrees inside. Everything is shaking, vibrating in its own different way. Why would you wanna do something like this? Bottom line is every pilot wants to go fast.…

At least 7 dead when vintage WWII plane crashes in fireball at Bradley Airport in Connecticut

EVENING AS 6:00 I’M LIZ CHO. >>AND I’M BILL RITTER, AT LEAST SEVEN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A PLANE CRASH. THE B17 TAKING OFF FROM BRADLEY AIRPORT TRYING TO COME BACK AFTER REPORTING THE ENGINE PROBLEM BUT IT CRASHED INTO A MAINTENANCE SHED AND ERUPTED INTO FLAMES. SEVEN OTHERS WERE INJURED INCLUDING ONE PERSON…

Engineering Faster Planes in WWII: Kelly Johnson, the P-38 and the P-80

In the middle of World War II an American fighter plane fell out of the sky without even being shot at. That aircraft was the Lockheed P-38 Lightning – one of the fastest and most agile of its time – and it was designed by a Michigan alum, Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, one of the world’s…