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P-51 Mustang

P-51 Mustang

The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and in several other conflicts. During World War II Mustang pilots claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down, the most of any Allied fighter. It was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation […]
Sukhoi Su-27: Is the Flanker the World’s Best?

Sukhoi Su-27: Is the Flanker the World’s Best?

The question on the table is: “Is the Su-27 the best fighter in the world?” Starting a conversation by saying any airplane is the best at anything is right up there with politics, religion and blondes vs redheads vs brunettes for sparking spirited debate. Still, if you read the popular press, the Su-27 is the […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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The Definition of “Bitchin'” Model 12 Pitts Special

The Definition of “Bitchin'” Model 12 Pitts Special

What’s better than a biplane? That’s obvious: a biplane with a round motor. And whatís better than a biplane with a round motor? A round-motored biplane that’s designed by Curtis Pitts! When you’re saddling up the Model 12, it feels like a much bigger than a normal two-place Pitts, when in reality it’s not. As […]
Today in Aviation History: Corky Meyer Test-Flies the F9F Panther

Today in Aviation History: Corky Meyer Test-Flies the F9F Panther

Sixty-seven years ago today, Flight Journal’s old friend and former Grumman test pilot Corwin H. (“Corky”) Meyer took off from the company’s 5,000 foot runaway at Bethpage, Long Island, New York, in the first prototype XF9F-2 Panther, Bu. No. 122475. In this article, he takes the reader along on some wild rides. Corky was world renown as […]

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ITA 1/72 Tornado "Gulf War" - 600x120

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Video: B-29 Doc in flight

Video: B-29 Doc in flight

The newly restored B-29 Doc Superfortress continues its test flights so it can be certified by the FAA to go on tour this spring. Doc’s Friends, the organization funding the restoration, note that it has flown more than 10 hours since it first took the skies in July after decades of restorative work. Media relations […]
Veterans Day and Me: A Personal Essay

Veterans Day and Me: A Personal Essay

Although Veterans Day has the stated purpose of remembering the vets and those in uniform, in reality it means different things to different people. For some it is the half-off sales that surround us. For me, it reminds me of one of those could-of-should-ofs that will always haunt me: I never served in the armed […]

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Honoring Veterans Day

Honoring Veterans Day

Since our nation’s founding, the men and women of our military have protected our lives, our freedoms and the Constitution. Veterans are the backbone of these United States of America, and we appreciate your service.
Gloster Meteor – Flying the UK’s first jet fighter

Gloster Meteor – Flying the UK’s first jet fighter

Meteor Show I began my combat flying in Spitfires for the RAF in early 1941, and did so through 1943. The Spitfires were a delight to fly and I loved to do aerobatics with them, which I enjoyed immensely. But it was during this time frame, in the early summer of 1942, that I had […]

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On this Day in Aviation History

On this Day in Aviation History

On November 7, 1945, the Gloster Meteor set a speed record of 606.26 miles per hour — the first world speed record with a jet aircraft. Wing Commander Hugh Joseph Wilson, AFC and Two Bars, Royal Air Force, Commandant of the Empire Test Pilots’ School at RAF Cranfield, flew the 8 mile straightaway at an altitude […]
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