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More On Flying Wings

May 21, 2013 No Comments

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 [...]

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Kudos for the Team

May 21, 2013 No Comments

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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More Odd Shootdowns More Bizarre Victories

May 21, 2013 No Comments

You missed enough ”other” bizarre victories for another whole article! For instance, there were the two U.S. Navy aviators, flying ADs or SPADS, who combined for a gun kill of a MiG-17 in Vietnam Then there is the just-recently acknowledged shootdown of a MiG-17 by a US Army OV-1A Mohawk, flown by Capt Ken Lee [...]

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Wright Flyer: Free Online Drawing

May 14, 2013 5 Comments

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 [...]

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Hispano V-8: Free online drawings

Mar 11, 2013 1 Comment

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

Feb 28, 2013 3 Comments

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. [...]

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Build Your Own Spad – Free Online Drawing

Dec 31, 2012 No Comments

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

Nov 05, 2012 2 Comments

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 [...]

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