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Iconic Firepower: The Outstandingly Bad Mark 13 Torpedo

Apr 03, 2013 4 Comments

By Barrett Tillman The U.S. naval ordnance bureaucracy did some things well in WW II, and some things incredibly poorly—none moreso than torpedoes.  The failure to test a primary fleet weapon adequately—even after its failings were known—appeared criminally negligent.  Both submarine and aircraft torpedoes were scandalously ineffective in 1942-1943. Product of an on-again, off-again program, [...]

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WW I “History”— Student Academy Award-winning Animation

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments

The Jockstrap Raiders is a Student Academy Award winning animated short film about a group of misfits during World War I. It takes place in Leeds, England where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a [...]

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John Browning’s Aerial Equalizer: Ma Deuce

Feb 28, 2013 3 Comments

By Barrett Tillman In 1966, novelist Robert Ruark wrote a nonfiction book about hunting in Africa. It was titled Use Enough Gun—good advice for everyone, especially in aerial combat. When the world’s air arms used mixed machine gun and cannon armament for fighters, and mostly rifle-caliber guns on bombers, the United States took another route. [...]

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Aviation Insider: Barnaby Wainfan on the new face of Aerodynamics

Feb 28, 2013 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman Our readers know Barnaby Wainfan as a knowledgeable writer with insight into unconventional aircraft designs. Among his Flight Journal articles are his contributions on lifting bodies and the Vought V-173 “Flying Flapjack.” Wainfan is a longtime aeronautical engineer with degrees from Cornell and the University of Michigan. He has worked with Northrop [...]

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The Hun Hits the Big 60

Jan 22, 2013 No Comments

By Steve Pace The supersonic North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre was a follow-on to its subsonic F-86 Sabre. But more importantly, it gave the U.S. Air Force, specifically its Tactical Air Command, the first turbojet-powered fighter cable of supersonic speed in level attitude flight, and this was proved during its very first test flight [...]

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One of a Kind: Boyd Flying Craft Model C

Jan 21, 2013 5 Comments

By Jay Miller During the heart of the Depression, a stunning number of one-offs and prototype aircraft were designed, and in many cases, built and test flown, under the most humble of circumstances. There were hundreds of these experimental, often homemade, flying machines created not only in hangars, but also in barns, tin sheds, wooden [...]

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RAF Tornados Retiring, Lightning IIs In

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

By Geoff Jones After bearing the brunt of NATO’s insurgency air power in toppling General Gadaffi and bringing freedom to the Libyan people, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced that the Royal Air Force’s multi-role strike Panavia Tornado aircraft are to be retired from front-line service. In a further twist, the announcement also [...]

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Two Mustangs, One Duck, and an Army Threat

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman Did you hear about the P-51 pilot who made ace on the same mission he was shot down—by two Mustangs? Or the P-47 pilot who flew a combat mission with a duck? Or the deployed Hellcat ace who received a summons from the Army to report for duty or face possible prison [...]

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