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Veterans Day and Me: A Personal Essay

Nov 10, 2015 3 Comments by

Although Veterans Day has the stated purpose of remembering the vets and those in uniform, in reality it means different things to different people. For some it is the half-off sales that surround us. For me, it reminds me of one of those could-of-should-ofs that will always haunt me: I never served in the armed [...]

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What is the Aircraft?

Aug 24, 2015 No Comments by

Attached is a picture of my father (tall fellow standing) on an aircraft that appears to be shot down.  My father immigrated from Denmark and joined the Canadian Army, 9 Canadian Field Squadron R.C.E.,formed in England April 1943.   I know he was serving during the campaign in Italy.  This picture came to my attention just last week [...]

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Loves the Oil Hawks!

Aug 24, 2015 No Comments by

When I saw the article on Al Williams, I remembered some photos and information given to me by the wife of Al’s son, Jack, back in the 80′s. I had met Jack when he and his family were living in Charlotte, NC, and he shared with me some of the fascinating photos and stories of [...]

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A Minor Point

Aug 24, 2015 No Comments by

Another great issue! But let me raise a relatively minor, but often mistaken, point. The engines of the PB4Y-2, and all US combat engines, were supercharged (mechanically driven), but not all were turbocharged, as was the B-24, and others. All turbos (exhaust driven) blew into superchargers, usually via intercoolers. Keep ‘em comin’! Joe Deck Well…it’s [...]

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Coast Guard Privateer

Aug 24, 2015 No Comments by

It should be noted that the Casey Grande Privateer is a P4Y-2G converted to Coast Guards requirements from PB4Y-2s in the late 1940s.
 
Please enter “P4Y-2G” in your search browser for details. You should find the U S Coast Guard Aircraft site.
 
The Privateer shown was probably a fire bomber which explains its survival. I [...]

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PB4Y-2 parts,

Aug 24, 2015 No Comments by

In regards to your recent request in the October 2015 issue for information on PB4Y-2 parts. The South Bighorn airport in Graybull Wyoming did have some PB4Y-2s parked on the tarmac side several years ago. They may have belonged to the DOI. Driving by last summer I was surprised by the variety of a/c parked [...]

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Greetings to the Flight Journal Editorial Staff:

Aug 24, 2015 No Comments

You have an excellent magazine and I have enjoyed being a loyal reader for many years. The latest edition of your publication had an article on the V-2, which was of special interest to me because I am writing a book on the legacy of Wernher von Braun and the German Rocket Team. I did [...]

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Liked the V-2 Info

Aug 24, 2015 No Comments

Barrett Tillman wrote a very good, brief and informative article about German V-2s. Readers seeking much more details will interested in TARGET LONDON-Under Attack From The V-Weapons by Christy Campbell. Little,Brown Publishers Campbell is an investigative reporter writes about the development and deployment of those weapons and the British attempts to defend against the rockets. [...]

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