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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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Aviation Insider: The Future of Helicopters

Aviation Insider: The Future of Helicopters

Technology and Imagination Reign Supreme By Sergei I. Sikorsky The following comments on the future of the helicopter are personal opinions and are to be valued as such. The writer reserves the right to change them, if needed. Some time ago, the great Yogi Berra said, “Predictions are very tricky, especially if they’re about the […]
Caudron C.460: Ancient Speed Demon Reborn

Caudron C.460: Ancient Speed Demon Reborn

By Budd Davisson Speed has always been a drug, of sorts. It has captivated mankind for as long as he has stood on two legs and nowhere has the urge to see who is the fastest been stronger than in aviation. And at no time has that competition been more fierce than during the 1930s, […]

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The Gathering of Mustangs and Legends Holiday Gift Set

The Gathering of Mustangs and Legends Holiday Gift Set

Relive the story of The Gathering of Mustangs and Legends: The Final Roundup. This holiday gift set pairs an AUTOGRAPHED 260-page book featuring more than 450 magnificent photos with the 90-minute DVD documentary that captures the stories, the sounds and the spectacular of one of the most dynamic and historic tributes to aviation plus the […]
Iconic Firepower: Bomber Turret Developments

Iconic Firepower: Bomber Turret Developments

By Frederick A. Johnsen Once airplanes became viable weapons, they became tempting targets. Bombers, often single-engine biplanes with an observation capability during World War I, were targeted, prompting defensive armament intended purely for destroying attacking aircraft. The Scarff ring, a Royal Flying Corps contribution to bomber longevity during the Great War, was a mechanical mount […]

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Aviation Insider: Technology vs. Basic Flying Skill

Aviation Insider: Technology vs. Basic Flying Skill

By Anonymous Is automation killing people? That’s the question that keeps on giving. But what’s the answer? As with everything else, there are plenty of opinions. For the sake of clarity, let’s group them into three categories. The first opinion, typically held by older, more experienced, aviation types is the belief that today’s aviation is […]
Free Online Drawing of Original Ace-Maker

Free Online Drawing of Original Ace-Maker

The first verifiable instance of a pilot downing five opponents unaided in one day was Leutnant Fritz Otto Bernert. It was April, 1917 and he was flying an Albatros. Click below to download an amazing three view drawing of the Albatros as only William Wylam could do them. This should go on your den wall! Download it […]
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