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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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Commemorative Air Force Museum to Celebrate Memorial Day

May 21, 2013 No Comments

A celebration honoring those who fought for our freedom will be held this Memorial Day, May 27, by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) at its Midland (Texas) International Airport base. The event begins 11 a.m. where families can see the North American B-25 Mitchell Devil Dog and enjoy traditional ceremonies, Open Cockpit Day, and free admission [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 21, 2013 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Ruth Bancroft Law, pioneer American aviatrix and the first woman to loop the loop in an airplane as well as the first woman to make a night flight. 1927 – Charles A. Lindbergh lands his Ryan NYP monoplane Spirit of St. Louis (shown above) at Le Bourget, France; he is the [...]

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Aerion Still Pinning Hopes on Supersonic Biz Jet

May 21, 2013 No Comments

Aerion, which has been defining and refining its design for a supersonic business jet (SSBJ) for the past 11 years, is at EBACE, a major European business aviation trade show, this week still quietly confident that it will someday be able to add the word “producer” to its résumé. To that end, a NASA McDonnell Douglas F-15 [...]

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Recalling the Japanese Bomber Attack on Oregon

May 21, 2013 No Comments

It was a little after 6 a.m. on Sept. 9, 1942. A tiny seaplane with red balls painted on its wings was making its way through the skies over Brookings, Ore. At the controls was a young man named Nobuo Fujita; behind him, in the observer’s seat, looking intensely at the ground, was another, named [...]

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Vulcan Bomber to Perform at English Air Show

May 21, 2013 No Comments

The last remaining Avro Vulcan V bomber will be taking to the skies at the annual Weston-super-Mare Air Day on England’s Bristol Channel coast this summer. The iconic aircraft, used by the Royal Air Force between 1956 and 1984 and known as XH558, will take to the skies above the resort on June 22. The aircraft [...]

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