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Vought F4U Corsair

Sep 29, 2011 2 Comments

The Vought F4U Corsair was a carrier-capable fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought’s manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear and Brewster: Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A. From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy [...]

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General James Doolittle

Sep 29, 2011 No Comments

General James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, USAF (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as a brigadier general, major general and lieutenant general in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War. He earned the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of [...]

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Bernard H. Pietenpol

Sep 29, 2011 No Comments

Bernard H. Pietenpol (1901 – 1984) was an aircraft designer. Father of home built aircraft, Pietenpol was a self-taught mechanic who lived most of his life in the small community of Cherry Grove in southeastern Minnesota. His most well-known design, The Pietenpol Air Camper, is an airplane he designed to be built and flown by [...]

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I survived a Piper Seneca in-flight break-up!

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

I found your article on Seneca tail flutter quite Interesting and it brought back some sobering memories of December 27, 1976, as I am one of the pilots who luckily survived a Piper Seneca in flight break-up, I would just like to add some comments that may help aircraft owners realize the potentially serious problems [...]

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The amazing rescue of Fango 45

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

    On 8 April 1982, the following crew conversation takes place inside Fango 43, an Idaho ANG RF-4C flying a twilight low-level radar mission over eastern Oregon.   PILOT:  “Ground speed set at 480.” WSO:  “Okay, turn right to two-zero-three.” PILOT:  “Steady two-zero-three.” WSO:  “Okay, come one-half left and hold that.” PILOT:  “Rawj.” WSO:  “Clear [...]

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Mach 3.18 in-flight breakup of an SR-71 Blackbird

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

Among professional aviators, there’s a well-worn saying: Flying is simply hours of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror.  But I don’t recall too many periods of boredom during my 30-year career with Lockheed, most of which was spent as a test pilot.  By far, the most memorable flight occurred on Jan. 25, 1966.  Jim [...]

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Manfred Von Richtofen – The Red Baron

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces of that war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories, more than any [...]

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Chuck Yeager

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager (born February 13, 1923) is a retired major general in the United States Air Force and noted test pilot. He was the first pilot to travel faster than sound (1947). Originally retiring in 1975 as a brigadier general, Yeager was promoted to major general on the Air Force’s retired list in [...]

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