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  • Curtiss V2-3

    In 1916 and 1917 Curtiss produced R-3 and R-4 airplanes for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, some of which the 1st Aero Squadron used during the Mexican Punitive Expedition. The Curtiss V2-3 engine, rated at 200 hp, powered both those airplanes; however, it had a poor power to weight ratio -- almost four pounds for every 1 hp -- which hurt aircraft
  • Curtiss OX-5

    Thousands of OX-5 water-cooled engines were produced in the United States during World War I, primarily for the Curtiss Jenny airplane. The engine, a refinement of a 1914 design, was rated at only 90 hp. Compared to other airplane engines of the period, it was very reliable. Some OX-5 engines are still being used in restored Jenny airplanes
  • Curtiss D-12

    The 375-hp Curtiss D-12 engine, introduced in 1921, became one of the most successful aircraft engines of the 1920s. Developed from Curtiss' K-12 engine used in World War I, the D-12 replaced the gears connecting the crankshaft to the propeller with a more reliable direct-drive connection, hence the "D" for direct-drive. Also, Curtiss attached a
  • Curtiss P-6E Hawk

    Starting in 1925 with the P-1, Curtiss built a long series of fighters carrying the name "Hawk." Of the eight different P-6 models produced, the P-6E remains the best known. Originally designated the Y1P-22, the U.S. Army Air Corps redesignated this aircraft the P-6E because of its similarity to the other P-6s. Curtiss delivered 46 P-6E Hawks, the
  • Curtiss Four-Cylinder

    Curtiss four-cylinder, water-cooled engine used in the 1908 Signal Corps Dirigible No. 1. Developing about 25 hp, it drove a tubular steel shaft 22 feet long on which was mounted a wooden propeller designed by Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge. In the official speed trial, the Baldwin airship reached 19.61 mph. The engine is on loan from the National Air &
  • Curtiss 1911 Model D

    In 1911 the U.S. Army Signal Corps purchased its second airplane, a Curtiss Model D Type IV. The military version of the Curtiss Model D could be easily disassembled and transported on Army wagons. Like other Curtiss aircraft of the time, the Model D was a pusher, meaning the rear-mounted propeller "pushed" the aircraft. Designated Signal Corps
  • Combat Pararescue

    Today's Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service descended from units in World War II and the Korean War that pioneered combat rescue using seaplanes and helicopters. In Vietnam, the USAF refined its rescue techniques and organization, greatly improving chances that downed airmen and wounded soldiers would survive.The blood-red beret, symbolizing
  • Col. (Ret.) Gaillard R Peck Jr.

    "America's SECRET MiG Squadron"March 20, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.Col. (Ret.) Gaillard R. Peck Jr. will address the 10-year period that the U.S. Air Force secretly trained Air Force, Navy and Marine fighter aircrews in an advanced joint training program against actual Soviet MiG jet fighters. The project was named CONSTANT PEG and Peck's presentation
  • Col. John Plating

    "Air Transport and the Politics of War"Feb. 21, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.Col. John Plating is an associate professor of history at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He earned his Ph.D. in military history at The Ohio State University, and is the author of The Hump: America's Strategy for Keeping China in World War II, published by Texas A&M
  • Col. Neel E. Kearby Medal of Honor

    Col. Neel E. Kearby, a particularly aggressive fighter pilot and motivating leader, often initiated successful flights against superior numbers. On Oct. 11, 1943, Kearby led three of his pilots against nearly 50 Japanese aircraft near Wewak. Tearing through the enemy formation, Kearby shot down six Japanese aircraft during the engagement. For his

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