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The Words Are the Easy Part

The Words Are the Easy Part

Barrett Tillman, historian, author and Flight Journal regular is fond of saying, “God forgives man that time spent looking at airplane photos.” Outside of actually flying, nothing gives aviation types as much pleasure as looking at high-quality (or interesting) photos of flying machines. It almost makes no difference what kind of airplane. We’ll look at […]
Fairey Swordfish: The Hundred Knot Warrior

Fairey Swordfish: The Hundred Knot Warrior

It’s impossible to look at the Fairey Swordfish, affectionately known as the “Stringbag,” and not say, “You have to be kidding! This was one of the Royal Navy’s most effective weapons of WW II?” A gigantic, bi-winged personification of the word “anachronistic,” as the saying goes, the Swordfish may have been ugly, but it was […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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Extra 300S: Patty Wagstaff and her Magic Machine

Extra 300S: Patty Wagstaff and her Magic Machine

If you’ve ever seen her fly, you’ll never forget it. She’s razzle-dazzle personified. If you meet her and spend a few moments with her, youíll come away with much the same feeling. It’ll be obvious that the pilot fits the airplane. Or is it the other way around? Patty exudes confidence laced with huge amounts […]
Sukhoi Su-27: Is the Flanker the World’s Best?

Sukhoi Su-27: Is the Flanker the World’s Best?

The question on the table is: “Is the Su-27 the best fighter in the world?” Starting a conversation by saying any airplane is the best at anything is right up there with politics, religion and blondes vs redheads vs brunettes for sparking spirited debate. Still, if you read the popular press, the Su-27 is the […]

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The Definition of “Bitchin'” Model 12 Pitts Special

The Definition of “Bitchin'” Model 12 Pitts Special

What’s better than a biplane? That’s obvious: a biplane with a round motor. And whatís better than a biplane with a round motor? A round-motored biplane that’s designed by Curtis Pitts! When you’re saddling up the Model 12, it feels like a much bigger than a normal two-place Pitts, when in reality it’s not. As […]
Military Helicopters USA August 24-26

Military Helicopters USA August 24-26

The sunny city of Pensacola, Florida will host this year’s Military Helicopters USA event which will take place August 24-26. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the only event specifically tailored to support ALL BRANCHES, where industry leaders and military personnel will come together to discuss, share, learn and develop their knowledge of helicopters in an […]

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Hansa Jet Displayed in Istanbul’s Koc Museum

Hansa Jet Displayed in Istanbul’s Koc Museum

By Bruno Cianci The Rahmi M. Koç Müzesi, an open-to-the-public, but private museum of Turkey, is fully devoted to transports, industry and scientific instruments. Located in Istanbul, it is situated next to the waters of the Golden Horn, and has recently added a HFB-320 Hansa Jet manufactured in Germany (#1043) to its collection. Donated by […]
Shackleton to Fly?

Shackleton to Fly?

By Geoff Jones Last operational with the RAF in 1991 and South African Air Force in 1984, and with a design lineage dating back to the Avro Lancaster bomber, the UK-based Shackleton Preservation Trust (SPT) have agreed to work on a program that could see the Shackleton MR.2 WR963 fly again. Avro’s maritime reconnaissance and […]

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X-47B Begins Flights from Carrier

X-47B Begins Flights from Carrier

By Robert F. Dorr The Boeing X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) made a catapult launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) on May 14 off the coast of Virginia. With no human on board, the X-47B executed several planned landing approaches to the carrier before landing at Patuxent […]
F-15SA Advanced Fighter Aircraft Takes Wing

F-15SA Advanced Fighter Aircraft Takes Wing

By Steve Pace On 20 February 2013, an F-15SA advanced fighter aircraft destined for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) made a successful first flight out of Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri facility. The flight went as planned, meeting all test objectives to support the on-schedule development of this new version of the F-15 Eagle. The […]
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