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H-4 Hercules: The Spruce Goose

The single 400,000-pound (181,436-kilogram) H-4 Hercules flying boat, built by the Hughes Aircraft Co., was the largest flying boat ever built with the widest wingspan. It was built after a U.S. government request in 1942 for a cargo and troop carrier that would not be susceptible to Axis submarines and, by substituting wood for metal in its construction, would not use critical wartime materials. Originally conceived by Henry J. [...]

By | 2017-11-22T07:34:04+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

USS Arkansas (BB-33): American Battleship

Conceived at the 1908 Newport Conference, the Wyoming-class of the battleship was the US Navy's fourth type of dreadnought after the earlier -, -, and -classes. The first incarnations of the design came about through war games and debates as the earlier classes had not yet entered service. Central among the conference's findings was the need for increasingly larger calibers of main guns. During the latter months of 1908, [...]

By | 2017-11-16T14:34:02+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cursed B-17E Flying Fortress, Old 666

When you see the number “666” on the tail number of a plane, it is entirely understandable if you opt to stay on the ground. That number is as superstitious as a black cat walking under a ladder and given the reputation of this particular plane for returning to base shot to pieces; it becomes impossible to distinguish fact from superstition. But that didn’t stop an insubordinate and audacious [...]

By | 2017-11-10T07:28:30+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Golden State Serial Killer, Night Stalker

While not as well known as the Zodiac Killer or the Night Stalker, the Golden State Killer is one of California's creepy serial killers. Between 1976 and 1986, he committed at least 45 rapes, 12 murders, and 120 residential burglaries throughout California, and then disappeared without a trace. Who is the Golden State Killer? He preyed on women in their bedrooms, he was known to make disturbing phone calls [...]

By | 2017-11-07T08:21:17+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Philadelphia Experiment: An Alleged Military Experiment

Almost everyone has heard of the Philadelphia Experiment, although the number of people who actually have any idea as to what it was all about are nowhere near as numerous. The Experiment seems to fall into the same realm as the Kennedy Assassination; clouded by rumor and supposition, the exact truth of either incident will probably never be known. Both events are also plagued by a mass of incorrect [...]

By | 2017-11-03T07:15:46+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Mysteries, World War II|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Carl Panzram: The Most Sadistic Serial Killer

Carl Panzram — a tattooed, 6-foot-tall giant of a man with cold gray eyes — stowed away on a ship bound for Angola around 1920 to work as a merchant seaman. After arriving in Lobito Bay, he hired half-dozen local guides for a crocodile-hunting expedition. But Panzram had other prey on his mind. As their canoe wended its way down the river, he shot each crew member dead before [...]

By | 2017-10-30T12:06:30+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Joseph Lozito: The Hero who Halted a Serial Hero

Joseph Lozito, the man being dubbed a hero for helping disarm and capture a New York man accused of going on a 28-hour stabbing spree, says that watching mixed martial arts fights for 20 years may have saved his life. Joseph Lozito used his leg to sweep Maksim Gelman off his feet when the accused killer lunged at him on a subway car with what Lozito described as a [...]

By | 2017-10-30T00:56:44+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

R. Budd Dwyer: Official Kills Himself Live

Convicted politician R. Budd Dwyer's televised suicide haunts us not because he was guilty of his crimes, but because he was innocent. On January 15, 1987, R. Budd Dwyer held a meeting in his suburban Pennsylvania home. Dwyer, the acting Pennsylvania State Treasurer, sat with his press secretary James Horshock and Deputy Treasurer Don Johnson to discuss setting up a press conference related to his recent legal issues. The [...]

By | 2017-10-30T00:58:13+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

Gary Ivan Gordon: Recipient of the Medal of Honor

Master Sergeant Gordon, United States Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on October 3, 1993. While serving as Sniper Team Leader, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Master Sergeant Gordon's sniper team provided precision fires from the lead helicopter during an assault and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket-propelled [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:01:33+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Modern War, Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

M24 Chaffee: American Light Tank

The Light Tank, M24 "Chaffee" was the chosen successor to the M5 "Stuart" light tank line which began with the pre-war M3 Stuart series. The M24 supplanted the M5 in service during 1944 and fought on into the final months of the war in 1945. The series became a much-improved light tank offering for the United States Arrmy and saw subsequent action in the Korean War (1950-1953) as well [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:03:37+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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