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The American Frigate Chesapeake. NHHC

Growing Pains for the U.S. Navy: The War of 1812

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2024
Just 30 years after the official end of the American Revolution, the British and the Americans again went to war—and this time the stakes were not about independence, but national...
The NB-36H was the world’s first aircraft to fly with an operating nuclear reactor on board. The reactor did not power the plane but was used to obtain data on the effects of radiation on instruments, equipment, and the airframe. The NB-36H’s dark blue nose and orange radiation symbol on its tail distinguished it from a conventional B-36.

Atomic-Powered Aircraft

By Norman Polmar
April 2024
The program that developed the atomic bomb awarded a contract to the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Company to determine the feasibility of using nuclear energy to power an aircraft.
17 April 1943: Guns ablaze, the USCGC Spencer bears down on U-175 after having blown the U-boat to the surface with depth charges.

A Nautical Knife Fight

By Chief Petty Officer William A. Bleyer, U.S. Coast Guard
April 2024
A gripping account of one of the most dramatic U.S. Coast Guard engagements of World War II, when the USCGC Spencer attacked, boarded, and sank U-175 in April 1943.

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