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DC-3: A Legend in Her Time: A 75th Anniversary Photographic Tribute

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Published: April 2010
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privately-owned, ex-military aircraft.

Whether you're a warbird owner, pilot, mechanic, restorer, crewmember, collector or history enthusiast, there's something here for you. We're constantly updating the information on this site, so check back often for new material.


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Important Note to Our Readers: Big Changes Are Ahead. In 1998, WarbirdAlley.com began as my modest attempt to provide some trustworthy, solid information about warbirds, warbird-related organizations and events, and the fine people who own, restore and fly these aircraft. By all measures, this has been an amateur labor of love rather than a full-time business. The physical layout and appearance of these pages is a remnant of the very first web page editor that I learned to use (and still do), called Microsoft FrontPage. It has served me fairly well, despite its age and simplicity.

Early this month, our web hosting company informed us that they will no longer support FrontPage, beginning the third week of June. In fact, our server will be decommissioned entirely. WarbirdAlley, in its present form, will cease to exist on or about June 24, 2015.

Our options are many. Right now, we are exploring several. I could look for one of the very few companies that still supports FrontPage, but I think this would only forestall the inevitable for a while longer. I could retire site the completely. I could turn it over to someone else. I could sell it.

My feeling at this point is that the site should go on. The content can probably be reformatted and republished using WordPress or some other template-based editor, which would no doubt make it look much better than it does now. It would also make for much easier updates and stylistic changes.

If any of you website gurus out there have a moment, please shoot me a quick email at editor@warbirdalley.com, and let me know your best suggestions for preserving this site, and maybe even making it better, and easier to publish. I would greatly appreciate it!

-- Buck Wyndham, Editor-In-Chief


WWII Victory Capitol Flyover, 8 May 2015: The free world commemorated the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. In the USA, warbird operators participated in a mass "Arsenal of Democracy" commemorative flight over Washington DC. The media covered the event extensively. Here's a good YouTube video that shows the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CYX6B4VipU

Visit our Pilot Resources page.
Our Pilot Resources page contains useful flight planning resources, forms, and other online information specifically for U.S.-based pilots and aircraft owners/operators. It has been updated for 2015. We hope you'll bookmark it in your browser, and use it often!

Safety: The May/June 2015 edition of the FAA Safety Briefing magazine is now available, either as a PDF download or in a print version. It's free, and it's a very good publication. We recommend it!

Also, the Warbirds of America organization has created a new website called "WarbirdSafety.com" that contains a growing library of good advice for those who operate warbird aircraft. Check it out!


Recent Media Stories of Interest:

 Duxford, UK: WWII Female Pilot Flies Favorite Fighter Plane 70 Years Later 

 London, UK: WWII Supermarine Spitfire P9374 to be Auctioned 

 Connecticut, USA: "Rosie the Riveter" Model Dies at 92 

 Washington, DC, USA: The Enola Gay: A Minor Mystery, Solved!

 Kent, UK: Tiny Kent Museum Wins Battle with US Military Over Rusty War Planes

 California, USA: Divers Discover Wreck of Korean War-Era Plane off San Diego...

 Texas, USA: Abilene WWII Veteran Reunited With Lost Plane
 Louisiana, USA: WWII Veteran Signs B-17 Wing Panel
 Arizona, USA: Lake Havasu Offering Cash to Find Lost Wreckage

 New York, USA: Shipwreck Hunters Make Rare Find... Air Force Plane...

 Idaho, USA: WWII-Era Plane Crash Site Rediscovered at Idaho Nat'l Laboratory 

 Florida, USA: After Years Buried In Everglades, Another Warplane Mystery Solved

 British Columbia, Canada: Excavations Continue at Crash Site That Claimed Four...

 Colorado, USA: Retired Pilot Proposing Aircraft Museum

See our News page for many more warbird-related news items.

Cockpit Photos: We're adding a new feature to many of the aircraft profiles pages -- cockpit photos! The small thumbnails will enlarge to full-size when you click on them. See the T-34 Page for an example.

If you have large, clear, well-lit photos of warbird cockpits, we want your submissions! Send your cockpit photos to editor@warbirdalley.com, and we'll get them posted. Thanks!

( Latest additions: F-86A and MiG-21)

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T-Shirts: Check out our Warbird Alley T-shirts, in six awesome designs: P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, P-38 Lightning, F4U Corsair, B-25 Mitchell, and Spitfire!

Outside of the AirVenture event in Oshkosh, they're available exclusively on this website. (Go to the
Products page.)

Warbird Video of the Week:

Duxford Flying Legends 2014- Full Show
Highlights from the Sunday show, with footage of some of the classics!

Note: If you cannot see the video above, it may be because Flash video (or video streaming in general)
is not installed or enabled on your computer, or because your administrator or your government
has blocked certain video capabilities on your system. Sucks to be you.
The direct link for the video is: http://youtu.be/PjK3VJURo70

We're pleased to feature the work of noted
aviation photographer Max Haynes. Visit his site for more!


Submissions Wanted!

Publish Your Pilot Report!
What's it like to fly your airplane? Send us your first-person pilot report (500+ words) about a warbird you've flown as a pilot, and we'll add your report to our site so others can enjoy it. Please see our Submissions page.

Publish Your Photos!

We encourage you to submit high-quality warbird photos that you'd like to share with others. Please see our Submissions page.

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