A de Havilland DH 98 Mosquito at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Just shy of 80 years ago — a lifetime by many people's standards —Thomas Horton trained to fly in a bomber made of balsa wood.

Yes, that wood: The lighter-than-air material you buy in pre-punched sheets to assemble your kids' toy gliders, the wood that sinks to the thickness of a saltine when you step on it.

Horton flew three generations of the World War II wooden aircraft, formally titled a de Havilland DH 98, but nicknamed the Mosquito, in 111 missions over Germany. And nearly 80 years after he left New Zealand to do it, his native country bestowed its service medal on him.

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U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball

Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.

In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.

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The Royal Air Force gave a big 'ol middle finger to the tired stereotypes typically found in women-focused commercials in its new advertisement, and God is it good.

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In the southwest corner of the United Kingdom sits a playground for fighter jets.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re the most badass guy on the planet, if you grew up dueling with blasters and sabers in an imaginary galaxy far far away, you’ll always be a Star Wars fan.

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