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The Man Who Burned Washington D.C.

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By Peter Snow The only time other than 9/11 that an outside force has attacked the United States capital was on 24 August 1814. And one man more than any other was responsible for it: George Cockburn, a Rear Admiral

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The Invasion of Okinawa

LSM's launching rockets 5 days before the invasion of Okinawa

By P. T. Deutermann The invasion of Okinawa (April 1, 1945, to June 22nd, 1945,) turned out to be the last big naval battle of World War II. Yes, naval battle. For the U.S. Navy, it was more costly than

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Video: The Terrible Choice Faced by Early Pilots

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Flying Marine One: A Q&A with Colonel Ray L’Heureux

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Colonel Ray “Frenchy” L’Heureux flew the last four presidents during his time piloting Marine One. He sat down with us to discuss his amazing career. History Reader: You are retired now, but at one point, you were flying possibly the

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Why Pilots Didn’t Wear Parachutes during World War 1

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By John F. Ross When brand new technology first appears it’s often striking in retrospect to see that so many seemingly commonsense safety measures frequently take years to develop. World War 1 ace and race driver Eddie Rickenbacker knew this

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