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Aviation Insider: F-35 Lightning II

Aviation Insider: F-35 Lightning II

Is it striking out? By Robert F. Dorr When the 100th F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was delivered on December 13, it was a “big deal for the Air Force,” said chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Welsh is the most visible face and the strongest voice supporting the F-35. A respected fighter pilot, […]
Classics: The Curtis C-46 Commando

Classics: The Curtis C-46 Commando

The “Gooney Bird” wasn’t alone By Steve Pace The Classic C-46 Commando was originally marketed by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation as a pressurized 20-passenger “sub-stratosphere transport” for the masses but earned its stripes doing heavy lifting in WW II. Curtiss-Wright Corporation designed and built its proposed CW-20T twin-engine passenger airliner as an advanced higher-flying, larger-capacity alternative […]

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Pre-war Beauty: Hawker Demon

Pre-war Beauty: Hawker Demon

By Luigino Caliaro The Hawker Demon was a two-seat fighter developed from the highly appreciated Hawker Hart light bomber. The Demon, which first flew in February 1933, was very similar to the Hart externally, but was powered by the supercharged Kestrel IIS V12 (precursor of the mighty Merlin), which gave it better performance at high […]
Iconic Firepower: Proximity Fuzes

Iconic Firepower: Proximity Fuzes

The Game-changing Genie Was Out of the Bottle By Frederick A. Johnsen Proximity fuzes vexed AAF General Hap Arnold during World War II. The United Sates had them, the Germans were working on them, and the prospects for heavy bomber formations were not good if Germany perfected theirs. Before proximity fuzes, the problem facing antiaircraft […]

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Aviation Insider: Warbirds: Do They Have a Future?

Aviation Insider: Warbirds: Do They Have a Future?

Ed Maloney on Warbird Collecting By Thomas McKelvey Cleaver With the prices of restorable warbirds escalating out of sight and new restorations taking to the air almost daily, we often lose sight of the fact that at one time, most of those airplanes were cast off as junk. There were few museums and almost no […]
Free Vega Drawings for the Masses!

Free Vega Drawings for the Masses!

It is simply amazing what we keep finding in our backroom here at Air Age Media! The company has been in business for an amazing 85 years (1929) and, for that entire time, has not only been a family business with the same family, but the central theme has always been airplanes. Almost from the […]

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Spitfires for the Masses: The Boultbee Spit Experience

Spitfires for the Masses: The Boultbee Spit Experience

By Rachel Morris/Photos by John Dibbs/planepicture.com From World War II’s outbreak, through the “Finest Hour” of the Battle of Britain to ultimate victory in May 1945, one Allied fighter was there matching the enemy at every level on every front — the Supermarine Spitfire. One of the most iconic aircraft ever produced, until recently, flying […]
Modern Classics: F-15 Eagle

Modern Classics: F-15 Eagle

40 Years and Still Lethal By Barrett Tillman    Photos by Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics.com Airpower advocates note that the U.S. Air Force’s fighter force is old and getting older. The F-15 Eagle was first flown in 1972 with squadron deliveries in 1976. The F-16 Fighting Falcon appeared on the tarmac two years later. So how does […]

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Free Online Drawing: FW-190A

Free Online Drawing: FW-190A

This month Flight Journal readers are the winners, when it comes to stuff being lost in our attic. Until John Dibbs offered us his fantastic photos of the Flying Heritage Collection’s one-of-a-kind, original flying FW-190A we’d never poked around in our archives to see what we had in the way of Focke-Wulf drawings. And you […]
One of a Kind: The Boeing XB-47D

One of a Kind: The Boeing XB-47D

By Steve Pace Photo courtesy of the Museum of the United States Air Force In the late 1940s and early 1950s, there were a number of turboprop engines in development. In the simplest terms, a propjet engine is gas turbine engine that uses its exhaust for thrust but also turns a propeller to provide high […]
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