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Classics: Curtiss B-2

Sep 25, 2014 No Comments by

Before the Gooney Bird, there was the Condor By Joe Gertler The T-32 design originally focused on The Condor as a twin-engine biplane, bomber, ambulance and troop transport. It was first flown in 1933. Curtiss Company blueprints and reports showed the Condor with its many machine gun ports in the nose, and on the top [...]

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Gallery: Laird LCW-300

Sep 25, 2014 No Comments by

By Budd Davisson One of the more exciting periods of aviation development was also the darkest period in America’s financial history. A completely contradictory statement to be sure, but one has only to look at the decade beginning in 1929 to see that the roots of American aviation were, for some unknown reason, wildly nurtured [...]

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Iconic Firepower: SAM SA-2: The Aviator’s Real Enemy

Sep 25, 2014 No Comments by

By Barrett Tillman In May 1960, a CIA-operated Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was destroyed in flight over central Russia. From more than 60,000 feet, Francis Gary Powers parachuted into captivity for two years, giving Moscow a huge propaganda victory over President Dwight Eisenhower, who pledged to stop all overflights. The surface to air missile had [...]

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Hey, That’s My Dad!

Aug 05, 2014 No Comments by

A son finds his father in a fading wartime image By Frederick A. Johnsen Part of the enjoyment of viewing WW II photographs is seeing the never-ending panorama of men and women at work during the war. Young and cocky fighter pilots, winsome women serving donuts or riveting bombers, and mechanics lounging for a moment [...]

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Gallery: de Havilland DH84 Dragon

Aug 05, 2014 No Comments by

The Bi-winged Birth of European Air Travel Words and photos by Geoff Jones Many British and Commonwealth air routes were established by airlines using de Havilland’s 6-passenger seat, twin-engine biplane, the DH84 Dragon. The Dragon’s first flight (November 1932) pre-dated the better-known DH89 Dragon Rapide (or Dominie in military service) by two years, although both [...]

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Iconic Firepower: Aircrew Sidearms

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The last ditch defense By Barrett Tillman Murvaux, France, September 29, 1918. The mortally wounded American ace slid from his SPAD and staggered into the tall grass. As German infantry approached he drew his Colt M1911 pistol and prepared to die fighting. The Arizonan fired at least three rounds in the dusk encounter before he [...]

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In Theater: The Glorious Gooney

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

Mary Co-ED II By Stan Piet  The backbone of the initial Allied assault against Erwin Rommel’s Atlantic Wall was the unsung heroes of the AAF’s Troop Carrier Command. Evolving from the pre-war Air Service & Ferrying Command, a specific need for the Army’s expanding parachute units led to the division of the now AAF’s transport [...]

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In Theater: The Heavy-Hitting Jug

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

Miss Fire/Rozzie Geth II – Capt. Fred Christensen By Stan Piet Seventh ranking American ace of the European Theater, Capt. Fred J. Christensen, Jr. stands with the other legends of the 56th Fighter Group that brought the Republic Thunderbolt into service and remained true to their charge until the VE-Day victory. As with many WW II [...]

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