Military & Aerospace History

This portion of our site is dedicated to the people and technology that have shaped military and aerospace history. Posts will be as simple as historic picture of the day to in-depth interviews. If you have an interesting story you’d like to share, please let us know.

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Is your military history knowledge up to snuff? Test your defense trivia skills with mini challenges from world-renowned experts in attendance — like Brig. Ben Barry, British Army Ret. — at the 2017 Defense and Security Equipment International conference and trade show. If you think you know the answer to a challenge, tweet it to us @defaeroreport using hashtag #DSEI for your chance to win. Defense & Aerospace Report’s event coverage is being produced in partnership with DSEI and Clarion Events.

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In the first installment of Defense & Aerospace Report’s exclusive, multi-part interview with Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford, USAF Ret., former NASA astronaut and former US Air Force acquisition chief, Stafford discusses what inspired him to fly, why he went to the United States Naval Academy and why he joined the US Air Force after graduation. The interview was filmed at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in Washington on July 20, 2017, the 48th anniversary of the United States’ 1969 lunar landing.

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Former US Navy Chief Gunner’s Mate Henry “Hank” Kudzik, the last surviving crew member from the USS Nautilus (SS-168), shares his experience during the Battle of Midway during which his boat sank one of the Japanese aircraft carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor, as well as two other warships, with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian during a June 5, 2017, interview held in Arlington, Virginia. Between May 1942 and August 1945, Kudzik completed 14 war patrols, eight aboard Nautilus and six aboard USS Gar (SS-206).

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On May 22, 1968, the American nuclear attack submarine USS Scorpion, went missing with 99 men aboard on her way back to Norfolk, Virginia. Scorpion left New London, Connecticut, in February 1968 with a goal of reaching the Mediterranean Sea for a two-month European deployment, the Naval History and Heritage Command writes. However, they continue, she last radioed her position on May 21, 1968. She was lost southwest of the Azores, a group of islands about 950 miles west of mainland Portugal, on May 22, the US Navy reports.

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