January 8, 2009

F-105 Fighters, Hawaii

Photograph by Albert Moldvay

A haze of smoke veils the silver snouts of the "Flying Tigers," an F-105 squadron which, at the time of this 1965 photo, was on temporary duty at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. Flight crews used black-powder charges to start each jet's powerful engine.

(Photo shot on assignment for "Of Planes and Men—U.S. Air Force Wages Cold War and Hot," September 1965, National Geographic magazine)


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