Courtesy of the Family of J.J. Harrington

Editor's note: In the fleeting final months of peace before the attack on Pearl Harbor, a group of pilots from across the U.S. armed forces comprising the First American Volunteer Group (AVG), led by legendary Army pilot Claire Lee Chennault, secretly traveled across the Pacific Ocean under false identities to secretly help the Chinese military ward off invading Japanese forces. In The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story Of The American Pilots Who Waged A Secret War Against Japan, Sam Kleiner details the secret history of a covert operation "whose very existence would have scandalized the isolationist" United States — and the heroic men and women whose valiant efforts before and after Pearl harbor helped cement an alliance that would change the course of World War II.

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Flickr Creative Commons photo by Holmes Palacios Jr.

From its distinctive “Brrrrrt” that spells out death and destruction for America’s enemies, to the iconic paint job emblazoned on its nose, the A-10 Thunderbolt is an American military icon.

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Air Force equipment manager Scott Richardson knew instantly on Sunday by the reaction on social media that the newly unveiled shark-tooth helmets were well-received.

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