Military & Aerospace History

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On August 20th, 1968, hundreds of thousands of Warsaw Pact troops and tanks invaded Czechoslovakia to end the liberalization of the “Prague Spring,” in what became the largest military action in Europe since the end of World War II. 

Czechoslovakia had been run by a pro-Soviet Communist government since 1948, imposing strict political, social and economic policies. By the 1960s, Czechoslovakia had been undergoing de-stalinization like many Eastern bloc countries, but proceeded more slowly and was accompanied by economic struggles.

In January 1968, following years of pressure for economic reforms and liberalization from academic, literary and student groups, the Czechoslovakian Central Committee unanimously elected Slovak Alexander Dubceck as first secretary. Dubceck quickly embraced popular calls for major reforms, advocating for a move towards personal, political and press freedoms, economic liberalization and increased autonomy for Slovakia in what he described as “socialism with a human face.”

These reforms proved too threatening to Soviet interests, and on orders from Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhniev, Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia overnight from Aug. 20th to 21st, 1968. Though facing no military resistance, citizens across the country protested and resisted, attempting to slow the invading forces with homemade barricades. Dozens of citizens were killed, and ultimately Dubceck and his policies were removed from office. It would take until 1989 for democratic reforms to finally take hold in the country. 

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Col. Dave Des Roches, US Army Ret., assistant professor at the Near East-South Asia Center at the National Defense University and former deputy director of the US Army History Center, discusses logistics and leadership lessons from the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, 75 years ago on June 6, 1944, with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian.

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Harry Geier, director of marketing & development at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, discusses the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket test aircraft, which the US Navy used to learn about subsonic and supersonic flight, during a November 2017 interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian taped at the museum.

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Harry Geier, director of marketing and development at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, discusses the RF-84K Thunderflash that was tested by (and reportedly intimidated) World War II triple ace Col. Bud Anderson, USAF Ret., during a November 2017 interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian taped at the museum.

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Harry Geier, director of marketing and development at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, gives Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian a close-up look at a missile-damaged F-100 Super Sabre that was being operated “as a drone-target-towing aircraft” near Edwards Air Force Base when it was hit by two rockets (one of which exploded and completely blew off its righthand horizontal stabilizer) during a November 2017 interview at the museum.

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Harry Geier, marketing and development director at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, discusses the Bell P-59 Airacomet, the first US-produced fighter jet, and which the museum is trying to get back in flight, during a Nov. 29, 2017, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian conducted at the museum. Our coverage was sponsored by Leonardo DRS.

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