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The Luftwaffe’s Femmes Fatales

Apr 07, 2016 No Comments by

Hitler and his Luftwaffe don’t have the kind of image that would brighten a feminist’s day. Even so, if today’s public is asked to name German test pilots, the only two names likely to be uttered would be Hanna Reitsch and Melitta Schiller/von Stauffenberg. From debugging piloted buzz bombs and making heroic rescue flights to [...]

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The Rearwin Speedster

Apr 06, 2016 No Comments by

While not a top-tier airplane manufacturer, Rearwin Airplanes Inc., founded in 1928 in Kansas City, Kansas, produced a line of rugged high-wing cabin monoplanes that are fondly remembered, culminating with the postwar-era Commonwealth Skyranger 185. One of its least numerous models, however, forever holds a special place in the hearts of modelers and pilots alike: [...]

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The Crisis That Might Have Been

Apr 05, 2016 No Comments by

Put your What-If app to work. Imagine a stealthy cruise missile with an extremely sophisticated, highly adaptable guidance system programmed to strike America’s most valuable naval targets — aircraft carriers. The antiship missile is immune to all deception measures. It’s programmed to ignore chaff and flares as well as navigation and communications jamming.  Being subsonic, [...]

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Flight Journal’s Ultimate Aviation Media Package

Apr 04, 2016 No Comments by

Includes one-year subscriptions to both Flight Journal AND AeroCinema, the online aviation channel!  Enjoy a full year of both for a special introductory price of $49.95 for the entire year!  What is AeroCinema? AeroCinema is a video on demand service dedicated to aviation history. -Rare and untold stories of aviation, exclusively produced at AeroCinema -100+ titles are [...]

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Military Helicopters 2016 Lands in Rucker Alabama

Apr 04, 2016 No Comments by

  Military Helicopters 2016 Over the past decade of war, the need for advanced rotary wing assets has grown ten-fold. Rotary wing aircraft are essential for troop delivery, MEDEVAC, close air support, logistical support,and reconnaissance. Rotary wing assets are also a major component of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) such as the USCG and Border [...]

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Grumman Wildcat: Free Online Artwork

Mar 07, 2016 No Comments by

William Wylam was the past master of the detailed three-view drawing. For nearly forty years, he produced amazing pieces of artwork, many of them for Model Airplane News, Flight Journal’s sister publication. Some of them go back to the 1930s. The detail, accuracy, and clarity are awe-inspiring. This time around, we’re posting his drawing of the [...]

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Nocturnal Hunter

Mar 07, 2016 No Comments

Hunched in the cockpit of an F4U-2 Corsair in the darkest, blackest night he could remember, Second Lieutenant Frank Lang peered at the 6-inch scope in the center of his instrument panel and saw nothing significant to break up the green-yellow line inscribing a circle around the dial.

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The Medal of Honor Mess

Mar 07, 2016 No Comments

Sorting through Problems with Our Highest Award The military awards and decorations system is broken. The Medal of Honor (MoH) is the prime example because of service agendas, insider influence, and political patronage. But we should remember that MoH recipients do not make the rules, although a few have influenced them. Eddie Rickenbacker lobbied Congress [...]

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