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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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Is This The World’s Most Perfect Scale Model?

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J-3 Cub: Piper’s Gift to Mankind

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson Like most pilots, Iím not certain I can remember a time before I flew a J-3. Thatís probably because I too started out in a Cub. I was fifteen years old and even then found one of the biggest hurtles to flying a Cub to be simply getting in it. The dance [...]

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The Fabulous Ford Trimotor

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson When you climb on board some airplanes, thereís a feeling that can only be described as passing through a portal into history. As I worked my way between the rows of seats up to the cockpit of the Ford 4AT Trimotor, that was one of those momentsóthere was no doubt that what [...]

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F/A-18 Hornet: a Dynasty in the Making

Jan 30, 2007 1 Comment

by Budd Davisson The Hornet has been a highly controversial airplane from the day it was initially proposed. Hornet detractors point at their hero, the massive F-14, and say the Hornet isnít worthy of following in that great airplaneís steps. No range, no load, no nothiní. Well, folks, guess what? Right or wrong, the Tomcatís [...]

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Extra 300S: Patty Wagstaff and her Magic Machine

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson If youíve seen her fly, youíll never forget it. Sheís razzle-dazzle personified. If you meet her and spend a few moments with her, youíll come away with much the same feeling. Itíll be obvious that the pilot fits the airplane. Or is it the other way around? Patty exudes confidence laced with [...]

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Douglas C-47: A Gooney by any Other Name is Still a Gooney

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson Supreme Commander-Europe, General Dwight Eisenhower, didnít hesitate when ask to list the Allied weapons that most helped end the war. In no particular order he said, ìThe bazooka, the jeep, the atom bomb and the C-47.î The bazooka made the lowly GI into a feared tank killer. The Jeep gave his commanders [...]

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Magnificent Pain: The Art of the Sukhoi 31

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson The world of serious, unlimited aerobatics, as seen from the inside is primarily one of grunts and groans and the never ending search for better and better machines capable of illiciting said grunts and groans. Standing at the head of the search for aerobatic excellence is the Sukhoi design bureau in Moscow. [...]

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