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Slideshow: Remembering the 343 fallen FDNY heroes of 9/11

As we approach the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, each day we will be adding brief biographies and pictures in honor of the 343 Fire Department of the City of New York firemen that gave their lives 18 years ago. “Everyone here will tell you he’s not a hero,” one FDNY survivor said, “everyone here will tell you he’s doing his job.” These men went into a burning building that many understood they would not be walking back out of, but they still went in and did their job.

They gave their lives so that 30,000 people could be saved.

Watch the slideshow, or click below for a list of all 343 sorted by company with links to each fireman’s bio. Continue reading “Slideshow: Remembering the 343 fallen FDNY heroes of 9/11”

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Image of the day: Burn notice

A U.S. Navy McDonnell F4H-1 Phantom II of Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74). The “Be-Devilers” transitioned from the F4D Skyray to Phantoms on 8 July 1961, becoming the first squadron to deploy Phantoms in the U.S. Navy.

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Rappelling out of an Osprey

A U.S. Marine with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion rappels out of an MV-22 Osprey during helicopter rope suspension technique training at the parade deck on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, on Aug. 14, 2019. Marines with 3rd Recon Bn. and Soldiers with 1st Special Forces Group received training from Expeditionary Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, on HRST, which is the system the Marine Corps uses to insert into an area via hovering aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew R. Bray)
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Someone had a really bad day

The scene of destruction after two F-51 Mustangs collided during a mock attack on Misawa Air Force Base (Japan) in 1949. In all, seven aircraft were destroyed and 16 damaged.

On 13 June 1949, a flight of fighters closed in on their target: Misawa Air Force Base. Misawa scrambled fighters to intercept the incoming aircraft, and soon, nearly two dozen aircraft are downed or on fire. Sadly, this was a drill and all of the aircraft were American.

Leading the attacking formation was 1st Lt. James Patrick Hurley (b. 18 January 1925), a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (Class of ’46), from the 40th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group out of Johnson Air Force Base. Hurley’s F-51 Mustang collided with another Mustang flown by Lt. Stewart Abbott Young, Jr. (b. 22 March 1934) of the 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, who had scrambled to intercept. Young was killed when his crippled fighter smashed into the flight line. The Mustang impacted among several dozen fully fueled F-80 Shooting Star jets, which were prepared for an operational readiness test the following day. Continue reading “Someone had a really bad day”

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A brand-new USS Arizona

View of battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) from Brooklyn Bridge on Christmas Day, 1916. Arizona had just completed her sea trials.