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Real Aeroplane Gems

Apr 07, 2012 No Comments

THE GHOST OF WW II RAF Halifax bombers may echo around the hangars at Breighton in east Yorkshire, UK, but today, the noises on this revitalized WW II aerodrome are more likely to be of a Kinner R-540, de Havilland Gipsy Major or Gipsy Six, Pobjoy R or Hirth 504. This is now home of the Real Aeroplane Company (RAC) and the largest collection of [...]

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Beechcraft AT-6: The First Fixed-Wing Aircraft To Use Laser-Guided Rockets

Apr 06, 2012 No Comments

IN JANUARY, the Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 became the fi rst fixed-wing aircraft to launch a laser-guided rocket during test fl ights at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The weapons testing is part of an ongoing congressionally funded operational evaluation of the AT-6, executed by the Air National Guard and Air Reserve Command Test Center (AATC). The 2.75-inch laser-guided [...]

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F-35 Production Rate Slows; B Model Forges Ahead

Apr 04, 2012 No Comments

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) continues to be a good news, bad news saga. Just when the program appears to be overcoming scheduling delays and technical glitches, the Obama administration says it will purchase 179 fewer aircraft than once planned during the years immediately ahead. The Pentagon will seek 13 fewer airframes in its fiscal year 2013 budget [...]

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Voodoo Magic

Apr 04, 2012 3 Comments

Learning to dance with a high-spirited lady By James H. Farmer By 1959, Major Ernest Craigwell, Tuskegee Airman and a current Air Defense Command fighter pilot, had already enjoyed his fair share of time flying hot jets and a certain modest measure of notoriety. Two years earlier, his role flying F-51s alongside Korean War legend [...]

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Belle Geddes Midway Dioramas

Apr 03, 2012 2 Comments

Life magazine, with the help of the USN, commissioned the construction of an incredible series of gigantic dioramas that illustrated the various events and phases of the Battle of Midway. While preparing Barrett Tillman’s exhaustive article on that operation in this issue, our own Stan Piet stumbled upon what appears to be the entire file [...]

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Strange Tale of the Norden Bombsight

Mar 27, 2012 No Comments

In this 15-minute video, Malcom Gladwell shares the interesting history of the Norden bombsight and its effect on the outcome of WW II.  

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NASA Climate Day at the Museum of Flight

Mar 26, 2012 No Comments

Time: Thursday, April 5, 2012 – 5:00pm – 9:00pm Event Type: Special Event Location: Museum of Flight During the April 5 “Free First Thursday” from 5 to 9 p.m., the Museum will celebrate NASA Climate Day with activities and presentations exploring the science of climate change and what we can do about it. The event’s [...]

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Alice through the looking glass

Mar 19, 2012 1 Comment

The “wonderland” that is the Imperial War Museum (IWM) at Duxford, Cambridge, UK, is world renown. Duxford’s Norman Foster-designed American Air Museum (AAM) celebrates the vital part the U.S. played and the lives lost in the progress towards the Allies victory in Europe during World War II. One of the largest exhibits in the glass-fronted [...]

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