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Fixin’ the Boat: Of Splinters and Tail Hooks

Fixin’ the Boat: Of Splinters and Tail Hooks

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 […]
T-Tailed Tri-Jet: The Martin XB-51

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

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

The Game Changers: Little Boy & Fat Man

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 […]
Free: Original Drawing of Sikorsky “Le Grand”

Free: Original Drawing of Sikorsky “Le Grand”

When 23 year-old Igor Sikorsky proposed building the world’s biggest airplane and the first four-engine airplane, he was laughed at. However, in 1913, he proved his detractors all wrong, and had taken his first step toward becoming an aviation icon. The drawing we are offering is directly from the Sikorsky Archives and was initialed by […]

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Wright Flyer: Free Online Drawing

Wright Flyer: Free Online Drawing

This wonderful Wylam drawing of the Wright Flyer from the Air Age Archive will answer a lot of technical questions about how wing warping works and the geometry of things like the flying/landing wires and the dimensions of the canard and rudder surfaces. The three-view is so complete a model could easily be built from […]
Hispano V-8: Free online drawings

Hispano V-8: Free online drawings

In browsing around the Air Age office we stumbled on a set of highly detailed drawings for the 150 hp Hispano-Suisa V-8 engine that replaced the 90 hp OX-5 engine in the JN-4 Jenny. A great restored example of the aircraft is in this issues Gallery but these Wylam drawings are so detailed the more […]

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John Browning’s Aerial Equalizer: Ma Deuce

John Browning’s Aerial Equalizer: Ma Deuce

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. […]
Build Your Own Spad – Free Online Drawing

Build Your Own Spad – Free Online Drawing

Although the Spad XIII wasn’t known as a dancer, similar to the nimble little Camel, she was, however a tough brawler and was able to deliver the firepower and bring her pilot home. America’s top ace, Eddie Rickenbacker notched up 26 victories in one and the Arizona Balloon Buster, Frank Luke, took his Spad where […]

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William Wylam XP-67 Drawing

William Wylam XP-67 Drawing

Okay, so it’s not the Bat Plane, but when put in the context of its 1942 birth, the XP-67’s Buck Rogers appearance qualified it for Bat Plane status. See “One of a Kind” in the February 2013 issue to learn the full story behind the wild design and to get your own XP-67 plans as […]
Wingman to the Aces

Wingman to the Aces

Lt. Floyd Fulkerson: Ultimate Wingman By John Dejanovich There are no great aces without great wingmen and young Lt. Floyd Fulkerson from Little Rock, Arkansas, was one of those wingmen. Although he had four confirmed victories, so he was nearly an ace himself, he sees his primary contribution to the war effort to have been […]
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