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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1863 – Birth of Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Co., and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production; he also designed the famous Ford Trimotor. 1918 – American pilot Walter Carl Simon and Scottish observer William Watson Smith score five kills with their Royal Flying Corps […]
Air Force Pilot Flies ‘Pipe Dream’ F-22

Air Force Pilot Flies ‘Pipe Dream’ F-22

By U.S. Air Force Capt. Erin Dorrance, 49th Wing After three years of rigorous training, 25-year-old U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Andrew Van Timmeren, a pilot with the 7th Fighter Squadron here at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., finally got to climb into the cockpit of a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor — the world’s most […]

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

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Jets, Biplanes, Warbirds Headline Miramar

Jets, Biplanes, Warbirds Headline Miramar

Active duty military patriots are grounded for the 2013 Miramar Air Show in California. Instead, civilian ones will headline the annual air fest this fall, the Marine Corps said Monday, releasing its confirmed lineup of performances. The Patriots Jet Team of volunteer civilian pilots will fly the San Diego skies Oct. 4 and 5 in their […]
Oshkosh Report: China to the Rescue?

Oshkosh Report: China to the Rescue?

Look upwards, and one will see – not aerobatics, but more Chinese flags than ever fluttering gently in the breeze here at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Look down, and China has a fast-growing presence in U.S. general aviation, underscored with a national pavilion here and another sponsored by the province of Shandong. Look even more […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Cansos to Fly Again Thanks to Swap

Cansos to Fly Again Thanks to Swap

One is a small fishing community perched on a rocky edge of the North Atlantic; the other an agricultural and petroleum town nestled just east of the Rocky Mountains. Separated by some 6,500 kilometers, on opposite sides of Canada, St. Anthony, Newfoundland, and Fairview, Alberta, would seem to have little in common. Yet the diminutive municipalities […]
T-Tailed Tri-Jet: The Martin XB-51

T-Tailed Tri-Jet: The Martin XB-51

By Steve Pace The XB-51 was a one-of-a-kind movie star that starred in the 1956 movie entitled Toward the Unknown as the Gilbert XF-120, which would have made it the world’s biggest fighter! What began life as a four-engine turbopropjet (two) and turbojet (two)-powered attack aircraft designated XA-45, evolved into a three-engine, turbojet-powered, medium-class bombardment […]

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The Game Changers: Little Boy & Fat Man

The Game Changers: Little Boy & Fat Man

By Barrett Tillman Adhering to our October 2013 issue’s (on sale July 30) B-29 emphasis, it’s fitting to devote the Firepower segment to the atomic bombs that Superfortresses dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Development of nuclear weapons began in early 1943, following years of scientific and engineering research. The Manhattan Project managers identified two methods […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Franz Rudorfer, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace and volunteer in the Ukrainian Military Air Service; he later took part on the Polish-Ukrainian war before escaping with his Nieuport 23 to Czechoslovakia. 1909 – The first airplane flight in Sweden is made by Frenchman Georges Legagneux in his Voisin biplane in Stockholm. 1936 – During the Spanish […]

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Canadian Plane Tracked Subs, Fought Fires

Canadian Plane Tracked Subs, Fought Fires

The long journey of Conair Firecat 567 has taken it from a Canadian aircraft factory in 1958, to patrolling the seas for hostile submarines in the Cold War, to fighting wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia. Under cold, blustery skies Saturday, the well-travelled airplane began its final mission — telling its story to visitors at […]
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