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More Good Torpedo Info

Thank you for your column on the embarrassing failure that was the U.S. Naval Aviation Torpedo, Mark 13, in the early part of WW II. My father, Chief Ordinance Man Ralph S. Morris, was able to begin the process of improving it, through a bit of good fortune that is a story in itself. The […]

Not Enough Gunners

The April 2013 Flight Journal, pages 58 & 59, states that 10 .50 caliber Brownings were standard on B-17Gs.This is incorrect. The B-17BGs standard armament was 13 .50 caliber Browings. Mr. Tillman failed to include the two that were mounted on the sides of the nose cone and the single .50 operated by the radio […]

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The Age of Aces

The Army Air Corps was concerned about older pilots flying military aircraft back in 1939 and even came out with a directive forbidding pilots over 47 to fly solo. By the way, I’m still flyin’ my own plane at 83 and belong to the UFO (United Flying Octogenarians). Our membership includes active pilots in their […]

Finding Their Way Home

I read Flight Journal from cover to cover and look forward to the each issue. Recently, reading about Naval aviators in WW II, I came back to a thought has plagued me over the years. How in the hell did these guys find their way around over miles of blue ocean … finding way back […]

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A Quick History of Concurrency

I really enjoy your magazine entirely. As I read the latest issue (June 2013), I found myself disagreeing with one statement made by Robert Dorr on his article “A Troubled Bird” about the F-35. On p. 34, in discussing the supposed “concurrency” of the F-35 program, he says “concurrency … (is where) … the aircraft […]

Lancaster Dualies?

This was an interesting article but I cannot help but notice that the Lancaster “Phantom of the Ruhr” happens to have dual flight controls, unlike the British line bombers of WW II, which were almost all single pilot with a flight engineer assist. The only British “heavy” bomber to have dual controls appears to have […]

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Royce’s Panther 106 Still Lives?

Your June 2013 edition of Flight Journal had a wonderful article about Royce Williams and his flying achievements during the Korean War. As I was reading the article, the aircraft number seemed so familiar and when I saw the photos in the article, I realized where and why. I’ve photographed that aircraft on the flight […]

F-35: A Troubled Bird

Thank you for another wonderful issue! The F-35 is an egregious, callous assault on the American taxpayer, and demonstrates how little say we have to say when it comes to the coddling of big business! I find it absolutely disgusting. PW Whitworth You have to work on letting your real feelings be known. Thanks for […]

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More On Flying Wings

I thoroughly enjoyed Barrett Tillman’s article about aeronautical engineer Barnaby Wainfan, “Cheating the Wind.” However, I took issue with one point that he made regarding the flying wing concept. In the article, Mr. Wainfan stated that when it came out, the flying wing shape was thought to be the shape of things to come, but […]

Kudos for the Team

Just because I don’t rip through it immediately does not mean I enjoy Flight Journal any less. The June issue was particularly good. Robert F. Dorr gets an “Attaboy!” for writing an informed and balanced piece on the F-35; hard to do on that “Too big to fail” program. “Shadow” (Roy Stafford) has to be […]
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