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Ten Years ago in Flight Journal: Corky Meyer Flies the F9F Panther

Jul 17, 2012 1 Comment

Flight Journal’s old friend and former Grumman test pilot takes the reader on some wild rides as he test flies the first Grumman jet fighter. Corky was world renown as a test pilot but his writings after retirement that detailed his many flying experiences added a whole new dimension to his legend. He is probably [...]

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Flying a “heli bike”!

Jul 16, 2012 No Comments

Here’s an amazing video of students at the University of Maryland and their human-powered helicopter. This guy is really pedaling hard … guess that’s a natural “safety limiter”! “Gammera II” currently holds the world record of 50 seconds for human-powered heli flight. The students designed and built it in an effort to capture the Sikorsky [...]

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X-37B Secret Space Plane Video

Jul 16, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned space plane returned to Earth last week after 15 months in orbit on a mystery mission! The Air Force released a video (below) that was partially shot in infrared. The X-37B landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  

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The Perfect Fighter

Jul 16, 2012 2 Comments

By Dr. Carlo Kopp, Associate Fellow AIAA, Senior Member IEEE, PEng Unprecedented cost blowouts, schedule delays, and serious questions about performance and capabilities in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program have produced some very intensive public argument in recent times about the merits of stealth and other advanced fighter technologies. While most of the problems [...]

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Six Months to Victory

Jun 05, 2012 2 Comments

Flight Petty Officer Saburo Sakai was having a good day. His squadron of A6M2 Zeros of the Tainan Wing had departed Rabaul, New Britain, more than 500 miles northwest of the previously obscure island of Guadalcanal, responding to an American amphibious landing. In a series of combats north of the island, Sakai had shot down [...]

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May 25, 2012 4 Comments
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William Wylam P-47D Drawing

May 22, 2012 1 Comment

The date on Wylam’s art for the P-47D Thunder-bolt is December 1944. At the time, Air Age Publish-ing was 15 years old. Model Airplane News was a relative upstart and Wylam was producing his fantastic art for us. That makes FJ’s sister magazine and our parent company 83 years old—one of the oldest family-owned publishing [...]

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Voodoo Magic

Apr 04, 2012 3 Comments

Learning to dance with a high-spirited lady By James H. Farmer By 1959, Major Ernest Craigwell, Tuskegee Airman and a current Air Defense Command fighter pilot, had already enjoyed his fair share of time flying hot jets and a certain modest measure of notoriety. Two years earlier, his role flying F-51s alongside Korean War legend [...]

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