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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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T-Tailed Tri-Jet: The Martin XB-51

Jul 29, 2013 4 Comments

By Steve Pace The XB-51 was a one-of-a-kind movie star that starred in the 1956 movie entitled Toward the Unknown as the Gilbert XF-120, which would have made it the world’s biggest fighter! What began life as a four-engine turbopropjet (two) and turbojet (two)-powered attack aircraft designated XA-45, evolved into a three-engine, turbojet-powered, medium-class bombardment [...]

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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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