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June 20, 2023

Sole Surviving Condor Legion BF-109 Up for Sale

Long-Lived Messerschmitt Offers Earliest Flying Example of the Infamous Axis Fighter

One of the earliest intact BF-109s is up for grabs from Platinum fighter sales, with a solid pedigree and low owner history to boot. The 1938 Messerschmitt BF-109E-1, marked 6*88, started its career with the Condor Legion in Spain, flying with their Air Force through 1950. It was discharged from official SAF service then, flying as a trainer through 1958 as the Spaniards transitioned to their own license-built Hispano Buchón.

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USCG Aircraft and Merchant Vessel Rescue Mariner Off Tahiti

Twenty-Day Ordeal Ends Well

On Friday, 16 June 2023, the United States Coast Guard and the crew of the merchant vessel Baker Spirit cooperated in the rescue of a mariner stranded on the open South Pacific Ocean some 1,210-nautical-miles north of the French Polynesian island nation of Tahiti. An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules located the imperiled mariner after being given his last known position by the Coast Guard’s Tahiti Rescue Coordination Center facility.

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USAF Announces Retention Bonus Scheme

FY2023 Aviation Bonus Program offers $50,000 for Eligible Officers

Military aviators eyeing separation got another data point to consider before filing their paperwork - a $50,000 bonus aimed at keeping the USAF's investments in the service. The bonuses come under the Legacy Aviation Bonus Program, which builds off the previous bonus with a bump from its previous monetary cap of $35,000 per year up to $50,000 per year.

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