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The Wilder Wildcat

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

If you’ve never heard of the Grumman XF4F-8 Wildcat, don’t worry. Hardly anyone has. But it led to one of the most unappreciated fighters in history. In late 1943, with Grumman committed to building F6F Hellcats, the Navy sought another source of Wildcats and Avengers. The answer was General Motors, with large plants lying idle [...]

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C3B: The Original Stearman

Jun 29, 2014 No Comments

When the name Stearman is mentioned in aviation circles, the first thought that comes to mind is of the popular World War II PT-13, PT-17 and N2S biplane military primary training planes that introduced thousands of military pilots to flying. However, for the most part, those airplanes were actually Boeing Model 75 Kaydets. The Stearman [...]

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10 “Gustav”

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

The Bf 109 series went through innumerable major and minor design changes throughout its career. However, three were most significant—the E or “Emil,” the F or “Friedrich,” and the G or “Gustav.” The Emil was best known as the Battle of Britain 109, readily distinguished from earlier models by its more streamlined nose, yet retaining [...]

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Scooter Memories

Jun 21, 2014 No Comments

Flying the  A-4 Skyhawk in Vietnam Although the Phantoms, Spads, and Thuds of the Vietnam War seem to get all the glory, the venerable little Scooter, the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, carried more than its share of the fight to the enemy. It was an airplane that packed more fight per pound into its diminutive airframe [...]

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Wolfpack Assassin: Confessions of a MiG Killer

Jun 17, 2014 No Comments

By Lt. Col. Everett T. Raspberry , USAF (Ret.), as told to and written by James P. Busha Before I joined the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1955, I was just a “good ol’ boy” from Macon, Georgia. But flying a jet fighter only enhanced some of those Southern traits. Less than 12 years [...]

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Free Online Drawing: Douglas A-20 Havoc

May 09, 2014 No Comments

The A-20 has always been overshadowed by her better known brothers, the B-25 and B-26. Although nearly 7,500 were built and they were used by the USAAF, the Russians and the RAF in the attack and light bomber roles, she just never got her share of glory. Still, on June 6, 1944, there she was, [...]

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Monster Model P-40 Warhawk: First Flight Video!

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

Watching the first flight of this giant 7.6-foot-span warbird is a real treat! Piloted by Josef Spielhofer of the Austrian Falcon Wings, the plane weighs in at 61 pounds and is powered by a 3W 150 R2 inline engine and uses Weatronics radio gear. Watch to the very end for a landing that will get [...]

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Free Vega Drawings for the Masses!

Mar 03, 2014 No Comments

It is simply amazing what we keep finding in our backroom here at Air Age Media! The company has been in business for an amazing 85 years (1929) and, for that entire time, has not only been a family business with the same family, but the central theme has always been airplanes. Almost from the [...]

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