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The A-10 Warthog vs. Politics: Aviation Insider

Feb 05, 2015 No Comments by

You cannot participate in any tactical aviation forum these days without getting caught in the controversy over the monthly on again-off again retirement and resurrection of the A-10 Warthog. No new arguments are being forwarded on either side. All has been said over and over since the early 1970s, and the fight is not so much in the military arena but rather in the political arena; so what else is new? The two basic arguments seem to be whether the A-10 is the “only” viable close air support platform and whether the USAF really wants to do the CAS mission. I’d like to explore that controversy from the point of view of someone whose 1,800 hours in type qualifies as having “been there.”

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Belgian Rattlesnake – The long-serving Lewis Machine gun

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments by

Today the name of Isaac Newton Lewis is little known outside of firearms circles, but he exerted a major influence on aerial combat.
In 1911, Colonel Lewis, a U.S. Army ordnance officer, adapted a machine gun design patented by inventor Samuel McLean. With a soldier’s eye toward utility, Lewis worked with the Automatic Arms Co. in New York to simplify the original design as a workable weapon. Light and potent, it was a revolutionary design.

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P-51 Mustang – An old war horse in its second war, free screen saver

Jan 07, 2015 No Comments by

The Mustang soldiered on longer than any other WWII fighter and we tend to forget its valuable role in Korea. There, most of the airplanes and their pilots were replaying roles they had executed so well only five years earlier in various parts of the globe. In Korea they were very much showing the patina [...]

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Aviation Employees, We Have The Website For You!

Nov 20, 2014 No Comments by

If you work within the aviation industry, you should get yourself familiar with Aviation Jobsearch. They are a fast growing aviation only job board, who launched in the USA earlier this year. They’ve been connecting aviation companies and jobseekers across Europe for over 15 years now and have successfully established themselves as the market leading job [...]

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Curtiss Hawk P1 Free Screen Saver

Nov 20, 2014 No Comments by

Designed from the successful Curtiss racers of the early 1920s, the Curtiss P-1 was the first Aircraft to carry the “P” fo Pursuit, designation, The classic lines of this taper wing with the powerful Curtiss D-12 aero engine, gave birth to the iconic Hawk line that would be carried on, up through WWII with the [...]

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Flight Journal Nominated for Most Inspirational Story — Cast Your Vote Today!

Oct 20, 2014 No Comments by

Flight Journal is incredibly proud to announce that we are a finalist in the Barnes & Noble/ NOOK Readers’ Choice Newsstand Awards! Nocturnal Gamble by Martin K.A. Morgan, featured in our December 2014 D-Day issue, was chosen from hundreds of entries in the Most Inspirational Story category. Please take the time to vote today and [...]

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532nd Bomb Group B-17s in formation – Screen Saver

Sep 26, 2014 No Comments

Traditionally, we’ve offered some of the fantastic line drawings of  William Wylam, Willis Nye or some of the other classic draftsmen/artists in FlightJournal.com. This time around, however, the Air Age Archive didn’t have any drawings that directly tie to this issue. So, we’re going in another direction and offer a high-quality vintage photograph, in this [...]

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Labor Day Tribute – Rosie the Riveter

Aug 27, 2014 No Comments

My Life as Rosie the Riveter By Valerie Snowden I have read about and seen many images about “Rosie the Riveter,” but my story is unique. I was a model with a rivet gun who worked at a factory, and my husband really did fly the very planes that I was advertising to encourage women [...]

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