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Hunt is on for missing Nazi gold train

A Polish official said Friday he has seen an image made by ground-penetrating radar that seemed to prove the discovery of an armored Nazi train missing in southwestern Poland since World War II.Local lore says a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments went missing...

Date: 08/29/2015 | Nation & World

Flying Fortress at Paine Field

B-17 flight brings back memories for Arlington's Art Unruh

Date: 08/25/2015 | Local News

WWII fighter ace Fritz Payne dies at 104

LOS ANGELES — Frederick "Fritz" Payne, a World War II fighter ace who left his mark on aviation and wartime history by shooting down six Japanese warplanes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, a bloody, months-long confrontation that helped change the course of the war,...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Nation & World

V-J Day, 70 years on

WWII Veterans gather to remember the experience

Date: 08/16/2015 | Local News

University of Texas moves Confederate statue indoors

The University of Texas will move a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a prominent outdoor mall on its Austin campus to an indoor historical exhibit, the latest sign of a rapid national shift in attitudes about the public display of imagery related to the Southern rebellion.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Nation & World

Civil War re-enactors dig in again Saturday at Everett cemetery

No matter the weather Saturday, Marilee Rehfield will pile on the clothing.“I will be wearing all seven layers of appropriate underpinnings before my dress goes on,” said Rehfield, who represents a civilian supporting the Confederacy at Civil War re-enactments.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News

Paine Field aviation center proposal raises revenue concerns

EVERETT — Snohomish County leaders could decide soon on clearing the way for a vast expansion of Paine Field's already impressive trove of vintage airplanes.If the vision from aircraft collector John...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Local News

How WWII shaped Boeing

War was key to jet-age dominance

Date: 08/09/2015 | Business

5 myths about the atomic bomb

Viewpoints: Even 70 years later, misconceptions persist

Date: 08/09/2015 | Commentary

Removal of Confederate flag taken to illogical extremes

When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment — if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of a confessed shooter posing with the Civil War...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s winning when he’s the focus of attention

Don't be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump's bizarre presidential campaign. Don't even be sure it's the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

70 years after WWII, Japanese company apologizes to U.S. vets

LOS ANGELES — Saying they felt a "deep sense of ethical responsibility for a past tragedy," executives from a major Japanese corporation gave an unprecedented apology Sunday to a 94-year-old U.S. prisoner of war for using American POWs for forced labor during World War...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Future queen gives Nazi salute in tabloid image

LONDON — Buckingham Palace expressed its disappointment Saturday with a tabloid newspaper for publishing images of a young Queen Elizabeth II performing a Nazi salute with her family in 1933, the year Adolf Hitler came to power.The palace took the unusual step of...

Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World

Tank's hatch offered soldiers escape

The escape hatch located in the belly of the Sherman tank has long been a point of conjecture and a favorite and a favorite plot device for Hollywood movie-makers. As you can see, there is such a thing. This photo was shot of the FHC’s Sherman. Some say it was there for the crew...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Flight Paths

Nine names will live on in history, one in ignominy

In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name.The 21-year-old man-boy, who allegedly murdered nine people and incited unity instead of the race war he hoped for, has been condemned to an eternal slog not toward fame but to ignominy.He is no one.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A belated Bronze Star

89-year-old World War II vet surprised at picnic

Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News

General Lee would applaud lowering of Confederate flag

The past may not be past, as William Faulkner once put it. But it sure seems to be leaving.As I watched the broadcast of the Confederate battle flag being brought down from its post on the South Carolina State House grounds Friday morning, my thoughts went to Gen. Robert E.

Date: 07/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lowering the flag and moving ahead

For most of my life, a flag representing white supremacist violence against black people flew at the capitol of my native state. It is a very big deal that this emblem of hatred and oppression is finally coming down.Gov. Nikki Haley was expansive after the state Legislature...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A civil eye on Civil War

Viewpoints: Honoring history with civility, respect

Date: 07/12/2015 | Commentary

Which plane is which?

In the skies over Korea, the American F-86 Sabre and the Soviet-built MiG-15 looked quite similar. It was very difficult to tell one smoky silver speck from another. A few seconds of indecision could prove deadly. Even up close, the two planes still look quite similar — intake up...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Flight Paths

Lessons remain from Greatest Generation

On April 24, 1944, 2nd Lt. John R. Pedevillano was flying in a B-17 over Nazi territory when the fighters escorting his formation were drawn away in combat, leaving the bombers defenseless against air and ground fire for an hour.Sixteen U.S. planes went down, and Pedevillano...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

S. Carolina Confederate flag comes down Friday

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's governor relegated the Confederate flag to the state's "relic room" on Thursday, more than 50 years after the rebel banner began flying at the Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement.

Date: 07/08/2015 | Nation & World

A WWII freedom fighter reflects

Arlington veteran still feels pride in helping defeat Hitler

Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News

Germans seize WWII tank, other weapons in raid

BERLIN — Authorities seized a 45-ton Panther tank, a flak cannon and multiple other World War II-era military weapons in a raid on a 78-year-old collector’s home in northern Germany, prosecutors said Friday.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World

Public opinion mixed on Confederate flag

Politicians were tripping over themselves to call for the Confederate flag to be taken down in the wake of the Charleston shootings. But new polling has found Americans weren’t quite so decisive.In fact, for once, politicians might actually have gotten out ahead of public opinion.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World

Of course Obama should have said the n-word

Everything's relative when folks start debating what is and isn't acceptable conduct for the president of the United States: Recall that just a week into President Barack Obama's tenure, former White House chief of staff Andy Card insisted that Obama lacked proper respect for the...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary

Flag was never about heritage

The Confederate battle flag, a blue cross with white stars on a field of red, is not a common sight in Washington state. It flies above private property or adorns T-shirts and bumperstickers. It likely will continue to do so. Those individuals who choose to fly the Confederate flag have...

Date: 06/26/2015 | Editorials

In retiring Confederate flag, take care not to overshoot

After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control.It's the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk...

Date: 06/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Confederate flag’s removal is least to be done

In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late yesterday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds.It was the right thing to do and, to many of us, long overdue.Whatever arguments have been offered in the past for...

Date: 06/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

WWII history takes to the skies

Two of the fighters scheduled to take to the skies at the Flying Heritage Collection’s free Fly Day on June 20 made history as America’s top ace-makers during World War II. The U.S. Army’s North American P-51 Mustang flew in Europe and the Pacific. Flyers of the...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Flight Paths

‘Stalin’s Daughter’ chronicles extraordinary life of Soviet defector

“Wherever I go, whether to Australia or some island, I will always be the political prisoner of my father’s name.” Such was the lament of Svetlana Alliluyeva, whose life sentence it was to be the only daughter of Joseph Stalin.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Entertainment

Revolutionary War replica makes a splash in U.S.

Like an apparition, the 17-story ship glided through the cool morning mist, its towering skeleton of masts and two sternward flags — one French and one a 13-starred American — visible from shore.Forty-eight days after its launch and 237 years since its story...

Date: 06/06/2015 | Nation & World

"Universal wing" became one size fits all for weaponry

The FHC’s Spitfire Mk. Vc has what is called a "universal wing." The wing design is less complex than earlier models and thus was able to be build quicker. One interesting aspect of the new wing was it allowed squadrons to pick the types of weaponry they would like to...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Flight Paths

Still going strong

100-year-old volunteer restores planes for Museum of Flight

Date: 06/05/2015 | Local News

WWII vet's survival story

Edmonds man, 96, tells harrowing tale of ship's sinking

Date: 05/29/2015 | Local News

Veterans’ stories, our history

Stories and photos help us keep our memories fresh, our thoughts of family and friends alive.Sally Hopkins offered up a photo of her late brother, Edward Hopkins, a Snohomish County man and Army sergeant, to add to the Wall of Faces, an online memorial that puts photos to...

Date: 05/25/2015 | Editorials

Germany's 88-millimeter cannon terrorized Allied pilots

One of Germany’s most respected weapons was the 88-millimeter cannon. This powerful gun was much-feared by Allied flyers, tankers and infantry men. In the air, fighter pilots were instructed to change course every seven to ten seconds to keep an 88 shell from exploding nearby.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Flight Paths

Kids track Monroe’s WWII fallen soldiers

MONROE — Eighth-graders here have been working after school to preserve a piece of history.

Date: 05/18/2015 | Local News

Historic planes in action

Take a look or go for a ride at Aviation Day on Saturday

Date: 05/15/2015 | Local News

Tough planes were designed to take a beating

The FHC is fielding some of its biggest bruisers for Paine Field Aviation Day this Saturday, May 16. Flying in the Pacific Theater was the F6F Hellcat. Flyers joked that Grumman made the plane from discarded steel girders from New York’s recently-dismantled Second Avenue elevated...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Flight Paths

D.C. flyover marks Victory in Europe Day

WASHINGTON — The airplanes flew in from the northwest, fighters in tight formations, bombers alone or in pairs, filling the hazy sky over Washington with the sound of a bygone war.It was an aged fleet, almost as old as the old men in wheelchairs who watched from the...

Date: 05/09/2015 | Nation & World

WSU signs deal to help preserve Hanford artifacts

SPOKANE — Washington State University has signed a contract to help preserve the Manhattan Project and Cold War history of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.WSU Tri-Cities will provide curatorial and archivist services, as well as a repository for the collection.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Northwest

40 years of freedom

War refugees pay it back with public service

Date: 04/29/2015 | Local News

Sacrifice remembered

Everett nurse died in World War II attack 70 years ago

Date: 04/27/2015 | Local News

Turkey must face its history, genocide

Where do I look for hope on this day that marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide? To the brave Turkish and Armenian human rights activists who have gathered in Istanbul this week to commemorate together the tragic events of 1915 and find a pathway to the future.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Auschwitz guard describes killings at camp

LUENEBURG, Germany — A former SS sergeant described in chilling detail Wednesday how cattle cars full of Jews were brought to the Auschwitz death camp, the people stripped of their belongings and then most led directly into gas chambers.

Date: 04/23/2015 | Nation & World

Rosie the Riveter painting’s model dies

HARTFORD, Conn. — Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92.

Date: 04/23/2015 | Nation & World

Lafayette ship replica sets sail for U.S.

FOURAS, France — With champagne, fireworks and a presidential blessing, a painstakingly built replica of the frigate once used to bring French troops and funds to American revolutionaries set sail Saturday for the U.S. East Coast.With the celebratory sendoff, the $27...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Nation & World

Scuttled WWII aircraft carrier rediscovered

SAN FRANCISCO — Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration located and...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Nation & World

Navy to exhume USS Oklahoma remains

WASHINGTON — The destruction of the USS Oklahoma came quickly. On Dec. 7, 1941, it was hit with numerous torpedoes and bombs during Japan's fierce and shocking bombardment of Pearl Harbor, capsizing within minutes with hundreds of Marines and sailors inside. Some 429 service...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Nation & World

Three inches of glass separated WWII pilots and machine gun fire

How much glass does it take to stop a speeding .50-caliber bullet? Judging from the Messerschmitt Me 163 B Komet, I’d say a little more than three inches — eighty millimeters to be exact. The Komet was built as a bomber destroyer. And plunging into formations of American...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Flight Paths

Survivors, rescuers return to Buchenwald

WEIMAR, Germany — Buchenwald survivor Henry Oster recalls thinking that a fellow inmate had "lost his sense of reality" when he said 70 years ago Saturday that the concentration camp was being liberated, bringing an end to the long ordeal of the 21,000 surviving...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Nation & World

Generation of heroes: Photos of WWII vets sought for online legacy

World War II veterans I have written about stay with me through the years. I remember their faces, homes and harrowing stories. They should be remembered forever.Arlington's Jared Dickson was part of...

Date: 04/10/2015 | Local News

Larson invites readers aboard doomed Lusitania in ‘Dead Wake’

They had been warned.With war raging across the ocean, an eclectic group of passengers gathered in New York City in May 1915 for a trans-Atlantic voyage aboard the great Lusitania, a majestic, swift and towering vessel that catered to the pampered classes and was the pride...

Date: 04/08/2015 | Entertainment

A hero's honor

Local World War II vet given top French Legion distinction

Date: 04/02/2015 | Local News

Yellow circle on seat kept crew breathing easy

Some have joked that the yellow circle on the pilot’s seat of the Avro Lancaster gave German pilots something to aim for — seemingly very sporting of the English, but not true. The paint had a practical purpose. The odd-colored orb contained pigment sensitive to poison gas.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Flight Paths

Restored Crusader revealed

Pilots reunite on 60th anniversary of ‘last gunfighter’s’ first flight

Date: 03/26/2015 | Local News

Greece fights German bailout demands with Nazi-era claims

BERLIN — It was 1943 and the Nazis were deporting Greece's Jews to death camps in Poland. Hitler's genocidal accountants reserved a chilling twist: The Jews had to pay their train fare.The bill for 58,585 Jews sent to Auschwitz and other camps exceeded 2 million...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World

Holocaust survivors to share personal stories at free EvCC presentation

EVERETT — Henry Friedman has shared not only excruciating memories of the Holocaust, but his message that life is precious. Robert Herschkowitz has told of his family’s long journey to evade the Nazis, and why people must hear...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

Mural to honor veterans

Everett mobile home park home to several who served

Date: 03/20/2015 | Local News

A return to Cold War for Russia, NATO?

The language of the Cold War has returned with a vengeance, with renewed talk of nuclear alerts, alleged testing of medium-range nuclear missiles and worries about NATO's defense umbrella.President Vladimir Putin's seizure of Crimea just over a year ago has now broadened...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

70 years ago, a balloon bomb landed in Everett

EVERETT — Today marks the 70th anniversary of the little-known World War II Japanese attack on Everett.It came in the form of a large hydrogen balloon rigged with explosives that landed about a quarter mile west of the Glenwood Avenue Fire Station.Some...

Date: 03/13/2015 | Local News

Planes were eyes in the sky for battleship's guns

As the crew of the M.Y. Octopus explored the wreck of the long-lost Musashi, their submersible passed over the catapults used to launch the battleship’s squadron of scout planes. Aircraft were critically important to the functionality of the vessel during naval engagements because...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Flight Paths

Key figure in Vietnam war-crimes controversy dies at 84

Anthony B. Herbert, one of the most highly decorated enlisted men in the Korean War, who later charged his superior officers with covering up war crimes in Vietnam, then sued “60 Minutes” for libel after the CBS news program cast doubt on his story, died June 7 at a veterans facility in Florence,...

Date: 03/01/2015 | Nation & World

Political infighting isn’t helping veterans

I am on a mission. I bring this to a social network as I am able to touch many persons. I will also send this to a few newspapers to see if they will print it as a letter to the editor. If anyone believes in this mission, please join me and share the thoughts. I have been...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Commentary

France's highest honor

Bothell veteran helped liberate Europe during WWII

Date: 02/17/2015 | Local News

Take a look inside a German WWII tank

In order to work on the Jagdpanzer 38(t) "Hetzer," mechanics have pulled off the tank destroyer’s armored roof. They are in the process of pulling the vehicle's drive unit at the front of the cab. This "convertible" look offers us a rare peek into the...

Date: 02/12/2015 | Flight Paths

Where Obama was wrong on religion, history

There is no doubt that President Obama's remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also — let's face it — glib, facile and patronizing.I must immediately dissociate myself from the bombastic...

Date: 02/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

50 years after Vietnam War

Vets get a special welcome home at Tulalip center

Date: 02/11/2015 | Local News

German WWII panzer ace dies at 92

BERLIN — Otto Carius, a World War II German panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front, has died at 92.Carius died at home in western Germany Jan. 24 after a short...

Date: 01/31/2015 | Nation & World

Civil War rebel sub’s hull revealed

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — A century and a half after it sank and a decade and a half after it was raised, scientists are finally getting a look at the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship.What they find may...

Date: 01/31/2015 | Nation & World

1 of 4 remaining WWII Doolittle Raiders dies

SEATTLE — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94. Rod Saylor said his father died of natural causes Wednesday in...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Nation & World

Battle of Bulge vet still shivers at the memory

Outside his window, rain threatened to turn to ice."I thought we might be getting some Bastogne weather," Paul Rogers said, standing in his Overland Park, Kansas, living room but thinking back to his forest foxholes in Belgium during the World War II Battle of...

Date: 12/21/2014 | Nation & World

Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward dies at 95

Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew well over 100 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.His son Lowell Jr. said Steward died Wednesday of natural causes at a hospital in Ventura.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Nation & World

Americans, Belgians mark Battle of the Bulge

BASTOGNE, Belgium — Braving snowy weather, Americans and Belgians gathered in the Ardennes region of Belgium on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the biggest and bloodiest U.S. battles of World War II—the Battle of the Bulge.Jean-Claude Klepper, 62,...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Nation & World

A veteran’s shared recollection of Pearl Harbor and WWII

Arline Swanby was born in Hawaii in February 1941, just months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Her father worked there at a shipyard. At 73, she is too young to remember Dec. 7, 1941.

Date: 12/07/2014 | Local News

To Japan, Pearl Harbor was just another battle

TOKYO — For Americans, Sunday is the 73rd anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese sneak attack on the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, the air raid on the Hawaiian base that killed 2,403 Americans and drew the United States into World War II.

Date: 12/07/2014 | Nation & World

Pearl Harbor reunion won’t be the last

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Four of the remaining nine USS Arizona survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack are vowing this year's anniversary won't be their last reunion.The men in their 90s gathered for a news conference Tuesday in a building overlooking the memorial that...

Date: 12/04/2014 | Nation & World

Lynnwood soldier’s honor brings peace

For more than a year, retired Army Col. Pete Bradley sent me emails. His messages were updates on efforts to gain Army recognition of a Lynnwood soldier’s acts of valor in Vietnam.

Date: 11/19/2014 | Local News

Fumiko Hayashida, among first Japanese-American internees, dies at 103

The woman’s name was unknown, but the picture of her cradling a sleeping baby girl came to symbolize a troubling chapter in American history.

Date: 11/16/2014 | Northwest

A history of war

Museums tell fascinating stories of dreadful times

Date: 11/16/2014 | Life

Veteran dons uniform for final salute

On Veterans Day, Justus Belfield donned his Army uniform one more time, even though he was too weak to leave his bed at an upstate New York nursing home.The 98-year-old World War II veteran died the next day.

Date: 11/15/2014 | Nation & World

Our veterans deserve better from us

Wednesday, a day after winning re-election to his U.S. House seat, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., sat in a converted classroom at Everett Community College with about 20 veterans, sharing news of job and education opportunities, help for homeless veterans and an update on reforms at the...

Date: 11/11/2014 | Editorials

In history's footsteps

WWII re-enactors trace U.S. Army's path in France

Date: 11/09/2014 | Local News

WWI poppy installation a national sensation

Standing in the Tower of London moat alongside three generations of his family, David Woodrow stared out at a sea of red ceramic poppies and struggled to hold back the tears.The poppy exhibition at the Tower of London has become a national sensation, with some 4 million...

Date: 11/09/2014 | Nation & World

Civil War soldier to get Medal of Honor

First Lt. Alonzo Cushing was bleeding profusely from wounds to his abdomen and shoulder as thousands of Confederate infantrymen advanced on his artillery battery in the Battle of Gettysburg. At least one of his soldiers begged him to seek medical treatment, but he refused. He stayed on the...

Date: 11/06/2014 | Nation & World

U-boat, merchant shipwreck, found off U.S. coast

RALEIGH, N.C. — In the aptly named Graveyard of the Atlantic off the North Carolina coast, researchers have found the wrecks of a Nazi U-boat and the ship it sank during a World War II convoy.

Date: 10/26/2014 | Nation & World

Former U.S. POWs return to Japan

HEIWAJIMA, Japan — Bill Sanchez looked out over the canal. "That's where the geisha girls used to be," he said, pointing at the opposite bank, now lined with modern apartment buildings. "They used to wave at us."Was that a twinkle in his eye, or...

Date: 10/19/2014 | Nation & World

Documents shed light on Manhattan Project director

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After more than half a century of intrigue and mystery, the U.S. Department of Energy has declassified documents related to a Cold War hearing for the man who directed the Manhattan Project and was later accused of having communist sympathies.

Date: 10/09/2014 | Nation & World

Decorated POW brought WWII history to life

Sixteen years ago, Lloyd Oczkewicz welcomed a visitor to his Everett home. He opened a small leather-bound book. In tiny handwriting on yellowed pages were words he scrawled in 1945 at Stalag IX-A, a prisoner of war camp...

Date: 10/05/2014 | Local News

Italians honor pilots of U.S. WWII bomber

Nearly 70 years after they died when their crippled bomber slammed into a northern Italian mountain, the two Americans at the controls of the ill-fated warplane are being honored by residents of a village near the crash site.The B-25...

Date: 09/20/2014 | Nation & World

Photos sought of 16 Snohomish County men who died in Vietnam

She is on a mission to remember. Janna Hoehn is searching for photos of 16 men from Snohomish County who died in the Vietnam War. She's been collecting pictures of fallen soldiers for the

Date: 09/18/2014 | Local News

The Sherman took a whole nation to construct

The Flying Heritage Collection's Sherman was assembled into a single fighting machine at Pressed Steel Car Company, a former locomotive and rail car building factory outside of Chicago. But, looking at the multitude of foundry symbols cast into various parts of the tank, you can tell,...

Date: 09/18/2014 | Flight Paths

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