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Socata Centenary

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

This year marks 100 years of continuous aircraft design and manufacturing by the famous French company Morane-Saulnier, now Daher-Socata. The Morane-Borel monoplane was the company’s very first aircraft; it was put in to limited production as the Morane-Saulnier Type A after the type proved successful in the 1911 Paris-Madrid air race in which Raymond Saulnier [...]

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F-4 still tows the mark

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron (ATRS) based at Tyndall AFB, Florida, operates a fleet of surplus aerial target drones to train fighter pilots in the art of air-to-air combat. Some of these drones, designated QF-4, are now used to tow banner targets behind them to give pilots additional gunnery training. Originally built by the McDonnell [...]

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Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is world’s newest jetliner

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

The largest ever Boeing airliner has made a successful first flight. The 4-hour 25-minute flight was from Boeing’s 747 production facilities at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, to Boeing’s developmental site at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. This newest version of the 747 took off at 9:59 a.m. and landed at 2:24 p.m. local time. [...]

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Aerial Firebombers

Aug 27, 2011 No Comments

  August of 2001 saw us riding along with photographer/writer Ted Carlson as he flew in an entirely different theater of combat than what’s usually seen in Flight Journal: forest fire fighting. The enemy was no less lethal than the Axis powers and when the Grumman S-2F Trackers and helicopters of the California Department of [...]

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The Tomcat’s Tale

Aug 22, 2011 No Comments

Continued from Tailview in the December 2007 issue of Flight Journal The Tomcat’s Tale By Tony Holmes   F-14A BuNo. 162594 had given the Navy almost 17 years of frontline service by the time it met its premature demise when it slammed into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on the evening of [...]

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PBY Catalina Free Online Artwork

Jul 27, 2011 No Comments

Wylam drawings are pure art and this set, which can be downloaded free, features most of the variations of the beautiful little F4B/P-12. Click here

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The Day I Shot Myself Down

Apr 27, 2011 No Comments

  Some days you just can’t win for losing, as F-14 test pilot, Pete Purvis found out much to his chagrin. Go to FlightJournal.com and read how a test shot of a Sparrow missile went severely wrong and 39 seconds later, he and his RIO were hanging in their parachutes. Not a good day! Click [...]

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Boeing F2B-1 Free Online Artwork

Apr 27, 2011 No Comments

For the detail freaks out there, download the free William Wylam drawing of the Boeing F2B-1 figherter  in keeping with our salute to teh birth of Naval aviation. Click here

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