Air-Minded: the C-130 Replacement that Wasn’t

In the recent presidential campaign, candidate Mitt Romney asserted that the US Navy today has fewer ships than at any time since 1917. It turned out that a campaign advisor named John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan and a man with “strong and complex personal financial ties to the naval shipbuilding industry,” […]


Air-Minded: Jets & Hood Ornaments

Just for fun, a Sunday morning pop quiz: which came first?

the jet …

or the hood ornament?

Answer: the jet, in this case the Vought F7U Cutlass, which entered operational service with the US Navy in July 1951 (the prototype first flew in September 1948). The Cutlass-like Chevrolet hood ornament first appeared […]