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The Game Changers: Little Boy & Fat Man

Jul 29, 2013 3 Comments

By Barrett Tillman Adhering to our October 2013 issue’s (on sale July 30) B-29 emphasis, it’s fitting to devote the Firepower segment to the atomic bombs that Superfortresses dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Development of nuclear weapons began in early 1943, following years of scientific and engineering research. The Manhattan Project managers identified two methods [...]

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Hansa Jet Displayed in Istanbul’s Koc Museum

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments

By Bruno Cianci The Rahmi M. Koç Müzesi, an open-to-the-public, but private museum of Turkey, is fully devoted to transports, industry and scientific instruments. Located in Istanbul, it is situated next to the waters of the Golden Horn, and has recently added a HFB-320 Hansa Jet manufactured in Germany (#1043) to its collection. Donated by [...]

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Shackleton to Fly?

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments

By Geoff Jones Last operational with the RAF in 1991 and South African Air Force in 1984, and with a design lineage dating back to the Avro Lancaster bomber, the UK-based Shackleton Preservation Trust (SPT) have agreed to work on a program that could see the Shackleton MR.2 WR963 fly again. Avro’s maritime reconnaissance and [...]

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X-47B Begins Flights from Carrier

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments

By Robert F. Dorr The Boeing X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) made a catapult launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) on May 14 off the coast of Virginia. With no human on board, the X-47B executed several planned landing approaches to the carrier before landing at Patuxent [...]

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Iconic Firepower: Another Kind of Artillery

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman Imagine you’re a fighter-bomber pilot entering combat in 1944.  Your combat training has emphasized gunnery with some dive-bombing, but suddenly your Thunderbolt or Corsair or Avenger or Typhoon possesses the punch of a Navy destroyer’s broadside: half a dozen five-inch projectiles streaking toward an Axis target.  Buck Rogers fantasy in the 1940s. [...]

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F-15SA Advanced Fighter Aircraft Takes Wing

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

By Steve Pace On 20 February 2013, an F-15SA advanced fighter aircraft destined for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) made a successful first flight out of Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri facility. The flight went as planned, meeting all test objectives to support the on-schedule development of this new version of the F-15 Eagle. The [...]

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Fifty years old and it could still be the most improved manned interceptor on the planet…

May 13, 2013 1 Comment

By Steve Pace It was first publicly known as the A-11, then the YF-12A, but it actually began life in total secrecy as the AF-12. We’ll call it the YF-12A because that’s what its buyer, the U.S. Air Force, designated it and it was just one of the many derivatives of the Lockheed-built CIA-funded A-12 [...]

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Aviation Insider: A Troubled Bird

May 13, 2013 3 Comments

The F-35 Approaches U.S. Service By Robert F. Dorr Col. Andrew J. “Drifter” Toth, commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, the “Nomads” at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, was talking about the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter when he acknowledged a flight restriction on the airplane. “We’re not allowed to fly within 25 miles [...]

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