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Iconic Firepower: Proximity Fuzes

Mar 04, 2014 No Comments

The Game-changing Genie Was Out of the Bottle By Frederick A. Johnsen Proximity fuzes vexed AAF General Hap Arnold during World War II. The United Sates had them, the Germans were working on them, and the prospects for heavy bomber formations were not good if Germany perfected theirs. Before proximity fuzes, the problem facing antiaircraft [...]

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Aviation Insider: Warbirds: Do They Have a Future?

Mar 04, 2014 No Comments

Ed Maloney on Warbird Collecting By Thomas McKelvey Cleaver With the prices of restorable warbirds escalating out of sight and new restorations taking to the air almost daily, we often lose sight of the fact that at one time, most of those airplanes were cast off as junk. There were few museums and almost no [...]

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Spitfires for the Masses: The Boultbee Spit Experience

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

By Rachel Morris/Photos by John Dibbs/planepicture.com From World War II’s outbreak, through the “Finest Hour” of the Battle of Britain to ultimate victory in May 1945, one Allied fighter was there matching the enemy at every level on every front — the Supermarine Spitfire. One of the most iconic aircraft ever produced, until recently, flying [...]

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Modern Classics: F-15 Eagle

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

40 Years and Still Lethal By Barrett Tillman    Photos by Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics.com Airpower advocates note that the U.S. Air Force’s fighter force is old and getting older. The F-15 Eagle was first flown in 1972 with squadron deliveries in 1976. The F-16 Fighting Falcon appeared on the tarmac two years later. So how does [...]

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One of a Kind: The Boeing XB-47D

Dec 30, 2013 No Comments

By Steve Pace Photo courtesy of the Museum of the United States Air Force In the late 1940s and early 1950s, there were a number of turboprop engines in development. In the simplest terms, a propjet engine is gas turbine engine that uses its exhaust for thrust but also turns a propeller to provide high [...]

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Aviation Insider: The Future of Helicopters

Dec 30, 2013 No Comments

Technology and Imagination Reign Supreme By Sergei I. Sikorsky The following comments on the future of the helicopter are personal opinions and are to be valued as such. The writer reserves the right to change them, if needed. Some time ago, the great Yogi Berra said, “Predictions are very tricky, especially if they’re about the [...]

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Caudron C.460: Ancient Speed Demon Reborn

Nov 25, 2013 1 Comment

By Budd Davisson Speed has always been a drug, of sorts. It has captivated mankind for as long as he has stood on two legs and nowhere has the urge to see who is the fastest been stronger than in aviation. And at no time has that competition been more fierce than during the 1930s, [...]

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The Gathering of Mustangs and Legends Holiday Gift Set

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

Relive the story of The Gathering of Mustangs and Legends: The Final Roundup. This holiday gift set pairs an AUTOGRAPHED 260-page book featuring more than 450 magnificent photos with the 90-minute DVD documentary that captures the stories, the sounds and the spectacular of one of the most dynamic and historic tributes to aviation plus the [...]

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