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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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Iconic Firepower: Bomber Turret Developments

Oct 24, 2013 No Comments

By Frederick A. Johnsen Once airplanes became viable weapons, they became tempting targets. Bombers, often single-engine biplanes with an observation capability during World War I, were targeted, prompting defensive armament intended purely for destroying attacking aircraft. The Scarff ring, a Royal Flying Corps contribution to bomber longevity during the Great War, was a mechanical mount [...]

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Aviation Insider: Technology vs. Basic Flying Skill

Oct 24, 2013 4 Comments

By Anonymous Is automation killing people? That’s the question that keeps on giving. But what’s the answer? As with everything else, there are plenty of opinions. For the sake of clarity, let’s group them into three categories. The first opinion, typically held by older, more experienced, aviation types is the belief that today’s aviation is [...]

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Rare Bird: Pitcairn Autogiro

Sep 09, 2013 1 Comment

By Gilles Auliard “This is a real prehistoric monster in flight. Once the helicopter was built, these autogiros became dinosaurs,” stated the late Jack Tiffany of Spring Valley, Ohio, at the time, co-owner (with Jim Hammond of Yellow Springs, Ohio) of the Pitcairn PA-18 N1267B (c/n G-65), the only example of the type flying in [...]

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Fixin’ the Boat: Of Splinters and Tail Hooks

Sep 09, 2013 2 Comments

By Warren Thompson The reason why the earlier U.S. aircraft carriers had flight decks covered with wood as opposed to steel has been a mystery to many. Most will tell you that all of the decks were with teakwood. This may have been the preferred material, but beginning in 1941, most of the world’s teakwood [...]

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