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The Definition of “Bitchin’” Model 12 Pitts Special

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson Whatís better than a biplane? Thatís obvious: a biplane with a round motor. And whatís better than a biplane with a round motor? A round-motored biplane thatís designed by Curtis Pitts! When youíre saddling up the Model 12, it feels like a much bigger than a normal two-place Pitts, when in reality [...]

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The Marvelous Gooney Bird: Douglas DC-3/C-47

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson It could be argued that modern air transportation began in 1931with the tragic death of Knute Rockne, the much-loved Notre Dame football coach. A national figure of legendary status, his death in a Fokker Tri-motor airliner touched off a national furor to upgrade airline transportation. The airlines responded immediately with frantic demands [...]

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Sukhoi Su-27: Is the Flanker the World’s Best?

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson The question on the table is: ìIs the Su-27 the best fighter in the world?î Starting a conversation by saying any airplane is the best at anything is right up there with politics, religion and blondes vs redheads vs brunettes for sparking spirited debate. Still, if you read the popular press, the [...]

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deHavilland Comet Wooden Artistry

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson In 1934 the public still viewed aviation as something special. In fact, air racing had become a worldwide obsession, which, like NASCAR many years later, offered great publicity opportunities for the sponsors and the participants. Australian millionaire Sir MacPherson Robertson, recognized the public relations value of air racing and announced he was [...]

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F4U Corsair: The Gullwing Legend

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson A peanut. Thatís what you feel like after youíve scaled the side of a Corsair and into the cockpit. You are so small and inconsequential compared to the airplane that you feel like a peanut. This thing is BIG! And intimidating! If looks could kill, you wouldnít even have to fire it [...]

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SE-5a: A Fokker’s Worse Nightmare

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson When World War One broke out in 1914, the airplane was barely eleven years old and was nothing more than a plodding, noisy kite barely more dangerous than an observation balloon. As a weapon, it was difficult to take seriously. Four short years later it had been transformed into a multi-dimensional weapon [...]

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Travelair Mystery Ship: Model “R” for Racing

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

Dawn of a New Era by Budd Davisson It was September 2nd, 1929 and before the day was over, the world of military airplanes had been changed forever. As Doug Davis roared across the finish line and took the checkered flag at Cleveland that afternoon, he had done more than win a race. He and [...]

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Jon Sharp and Nemesis: The Unbeatable Combination

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson In Formula One racing there are fast airplanes, there are really fast airplanes, and then there is (was) Nemesis. Itís now resting in the Smithsonian, buyt not a racing pilot on the planet doubts that should pilot/designer Jon Sharp decide to pull his now-dusty racer out of the display case to challenge [...]

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