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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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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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