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Articles by Jesse Beckett:

The Avro Arrow: The Groundbreaking Aircraft Canada Will Never Forget

Test pilots lovingly examine a model of the scuttled Avro Arrow

The Avro Arrow is a frustrating and tragic story about a world-class aircraft that was simply too ambitious for the nation that undertook the challenge…

Lost 52 Project: Navy Honors Explorer Who Discovered 7 Sunken Subs

Ocean explorer Tim Taylor has been awarded the Navy’s highest possible award for a civilian, the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, for his work with…

These Large Planes Make Us Wonder How They Even Flew

As with every extreme machine list, equipment designed for the military ranks high up in comparison to civilian equipment that often has much less demanding…

Soldiers Lost On Flying Tiger Line Flight Are Finally Memorialized

Over 20 families gathered in May to witness the unveiling of a new memorial in Columbia Falls, Maine, dedicated to the victims of Flying Tiger…

9 Facts About The CIA They’d Probably Like To Stay Secret

The CIA is everyone’s favorite shady government organization. With secrecy being one of the agency’s primary objectives, it’s not surprising that us everyday folks know…

Lyndhurst Antiques Centre Apologizes For Displaying Axis Memorabilia

Lyndhurst Antiques Centre

Lyndhurst Antiques Centre, an antique shop in Hampshire, England, has issued an apology for the sale of Axis memorabilia, following complaints made by visitors. Father…

A Bicycle Troop Peddled Through Minefields To Help Defeat The Germans

When we think of the D-Day landings, the last thing most of us envision are bicycle troops taking the lead and scouting ahead, yet these…

11 Bits Of Slang We Didn’t Know Came From The Navy

ship ropes

Over the centuries, sailors at sea have created a language all of their own. They created words and phrases for particular objects, people, actions, and…

Barnes Wallis: The ‘Mad Scientist’ Who Tried To Emulate Earthquakes

English aeronautical engineer and inventor Barnes Wallis (left) designer of the 'bouncing bomb', with British actor Michael Redgrave who plays Wallis in the film 'The Dam Busters'.

When it comes to weird, creative, and sometimes downright ridiculous weapons during WWII, the British were in a league of their own. Leading the charge…

Babrak Karmal: From Exile To President

Files from the Czechoslovakian secret police the StB (Štátna bezpečnosť) reveal how the country helped hide and protect Afghan ambassador Babrak Karmal before putting him…

70 Years After Service, Ralph Puckett Receives The Medal of Honor

Col. Ralph Puckett receiving the medal of honor, and a photo of him circa 1950.

Retired Army Ranger legend Col. Ralph Puckett has been presented the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award, by U.S. President Joe Biden. After waiting…

A Humble Hero: Man Revealed As Hero When His Medals Are Discovered

Donald Helfer

We often see stories of valor, bravery, and medal ceremonies for members of the armed forces, on television and on the news, past or present.…