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Lancaster Dualies?

May 21, 2013 No Comments

This was an interesting article but I cannot help but notice that the Lancaster “Phantom of the Ruhr” happens to have dual flight controls, unlike the British line bombers of WW II, which were almost all single pilot with a flight engineer assist. The only British “heavy” bomber to have dual controls appears to have [...]

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F-35: A Troubled Bird

May 21, 2013 No Comments

Thank you for another wonderful issue! The F-35 is an egregious, callous assault on the American taxpayer, and demonstrates how little say we have to say when it comes to the coddling of big business! I find it absolutely disgusting. PW Whitworth You have to work on letting your real feelings be known. Thanks for [...]

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More On Flying Wings

May 21, 2013 No Comments

I thoroughly enjoyed Barrett Tillman’s article about aeronautical engineer Barnaby Wainfan, “Cheating the Wind.” However, I took issue with one point that he made regarding the flying wing concept. In the article, Mr. Wainfan stated that when it came out, the flying wing shape was thought to be the shape of things to come, but [...]

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Kudos for the Team

May 21, 2013 No Comments

Just because I don’t rip through it immediately does not mean I enjoy Flight Journal any less. The June issue was particularly good. Robert F. Dorr gets an “Attaboy!” for writing an informed and balanced piece on the F-35; hard to do on that “Too big to fail” program. “Shadow” (Roy Stafford) has to be [...]

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More Odd Shootdowns More Bizarre Victories

May 21, 2013 No Comments

You missed enough ”other” bizarre victories for another whole article! For instance, there were the two U.S. Navy aviators, flying ADs or SPADS, who combined for a gun kill of a MiG-17 in Vietnam Then there is the just-recently acknowledged shootdown of a MiG-17 by a US Army OV-1A Mohawk, flown by Capt Ken Lee [...]

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The Flight Claims of Gustave Whitehead

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

By Tom Crouch, Courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum John Brown, an Australian researcher living in Germany, has unveiled a website claiming that Gustave Whitehead (January 1, 1874-October 10, 1927), a native of Leutershausen, Bavaria, who immigrated to the United States, probably in 1894, made a sustained powered flight in a heavier-than-air machine [...]

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Who Was First? The Wrights or Whitehead?

Mar 25, 2013 5 Comments

Here it comes again: the Great Who Flew First Debate. This time it is courtesy of Jane’s All the World Aircraft, considered to be one of the world’s encyclopedic, not-to-be-doubted sources of aviation information and their radical shift in which they de-throne the Wright Brothers and enshrine Gustav Whitehead as the first to achieve powered [...]

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Hometown America Goes to War – Memorial Day Tribute

May 24, 2012 No Comments

Last year, while preparing an article celebrating the Navy’s 100th anniversary, we stumbled across the photo below. It reminded us what Memorial Day is all about, something we can’t forget. The photo had a profound effect on us and we thought we’d be remiss if we didn’t share it with our readers.   by Budd [...]

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