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Has the Beloved Gooney Bird Finally Met Its Match?

Nov 26, 2012 No Comments

The Boeing Airplane Company launched its 737 Twinjet commercial jetliner program in the mid-1960s not knowing how many sales it would ultimately generate. In fact, the 737 program was more of a gamble than a sure bet. That has all changed over time. The 737 has become the most popular and biggest-selling jetliner of all [...]

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The Fight for Freedom … and Souvenirs

Nov 26, 2012 1 Comment

By Budd Davisson, Photos courtesy of Jack Cook Is it a strictly American trait? Or is it the same for fighting men worldwide: when the fighting is over, or even in a lull, they start looking for souvenirs. And sometimes do so to amazing extremes. Most of the time, this souvenir addiction only comes to light [...]

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The First Air War in 100 Objects

Nov 20, 2012 No Comments

With the Centenary of the First World War just 18 months away, the Royal Air Force Museum is asking members of the public what objects from its archives they would like to see displayed in a narrative that will explain the role of aviation in this momentous event. The most popular items voted for by [...]

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The Man Called Brown Condor: The Forgotten History of an African American Fighter Pilot

Oct 22, 2012 No Comments

The following is courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing ( How did a black child, growing up in segregationist Mississippi during the early 1900s, become the commander of the Imperial Ethiopian Air Corps during the brutal Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935? In this gripping, never-before-told tale, biographer Thomas E. Simmons brings to life Robinson’s outstanding success in becoming [...]

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What the … ? Unidentified Aero Ironing Board

Oct 12, 2012 1 Comment

It’s a given that Flight Journal readers have a strong interest in aviation history. One of the things that I think we all find appealing are photos of unusual aircraft. Sometimes, such photos come along as part of a puzzle—what is it? They are true Unidentified Flying Objects. Having more than 150,000 aviation negatives and [...]

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Mission to Tokyo: The American Airmen Who Took the War to the Heart of Japan

Oct 09, 2012 No Comments

The following is courtesy of the Zenith Press ( Congratulations to longtime Flight Journal contributor Robert F. Dorr on the publication of his latest book!   From Hell Hawks! author Bob Dorr, Mission to Tokyo takes the reader on a World War II strategic bombing mission from an airfield on the western Pacific island of Tinian to Tokyo and [...]

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds To Headline Oct. 13-14 Beachside Air Show

Sep 21, 2012 No Comments

Embry-Riddle’s Wings & Waves, North America’s only air show to host three jet demonstration teams – including the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds – is scheduled to take to the skies over the Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 13-14, 2012, in Daytona Beach. The free event, which begins at 11 a.m. daily beachside at the Hilton [...]

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Pearl Harbor’s Historic Runway to be Covered with Solar Panels

Sep 12, 2012 4 Comments

We recently learned of the U.S. Navy’s plan to cover Ford Runway with solar panels and surround it with a 7-foot-high-fence. Please read the position paper from the independently operated Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor and, if you agree with us, I hope you’ll add your voice to the outcry by signing the petition here. Ford Island, in [...]

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