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World’s Largest Airplane Visits Ireland

May 22, 2013 No Comments

Shannon Airport welcomed the world’s largest aircraft on Tuesday as the Antonov An-225 Mriya (Dream) made a brief pit stop in Ireland en route from Bangor (Maine) International Airport to the Ukraine. The giant aircraft, which arrived in Shannon for a standard crew rest period, attracted large numbers of plane-spotters who learned of its arrival via [...]

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Boeing Tests 747-8 Engine, Fuel System Updates

May 22, 2013 No Comments

Boeing has begun flight tests of a 747-8 passenger model powered by upgraded General Electric GEnx-2B engines, which are expected to improve fuel burn by a further 1.8 percent. The flight tests, using RC021, an aircraft formerly destined for Lufthansa, began on May 20 with a four-hour flight from Everett, Wash. The flight evaluated the [...]

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Solar Impulse Heads East to Texas Today

May 22, 2013 No Comments

Solar Impulse, the solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, departed Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport early Wednesday morning for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to complete the second leg of its historic, cross-country journey. Solar Impulse is set to arrive at DFW around 1 a.m. Thursday. After a successful first leg on May 3, [...]

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From the Same Zero?

May 21, 2013 No Comments

Mr. Pilkington’s letter in the June issue reminded me that a souvenir I have may be from that same Zero (“Classics,” February 2013). My brother, Lt. (jg.) John R. Shinneman of VF-10 made a courier flight to Aslito Field on 26 June 44 from Enterprise (CV-6) and brought back a Zero throttle handle (shown below [...]

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Getting a Name Correct

May 21, 2013 No Comments

Another fantastic issue, congrats to you and the staff! Found the following to bring to your attention, the photo caption on page 49 is incorrect in that the man on the left is David Hanson, Collections Manager, USS Midway Museum here in San Diego. By now you must have more than a few comments on [...]

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More Good Torpedo Info

May 21, 2013 No Comments

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 [...]

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Not Enough Gunners

May 21, 2013 No Comments

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

May 21, 2013 No Comments

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 [...]

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