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The Perfect Fighter

Jul 16, 2012 2 Comments

By Dr. Carlo Kopp, Associate Fellow AIAA, Senior Member IEEE, PEng Unprecedented cost blowouts, schedule delays, and serious questions about performance and capabilities in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program have produced some very intensive public argument in recent times about the merits of stealth and other advanced fighter technologies. While most of the problems [...]

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Six Months to Victory

Jun 05, 2012 2 Comments

Flight Petty Officer Saburo Sakai was having a good day. His squadron of A6M2 Zeros of the Tainan Wing had departed Rabaul, New Britain, more than 500 miles northwest of the previously obscure island of Guadalcanal, responding to an American amphibious landing. In a series of combats north of the island, Sakai had shot down [...]

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William Wylam P-47D Drawing

May 22, 2012 1 Comment

The date on Wylam’s art for the P-47D Thunder-bolt is December 1944. At the time, Air Age Publish-ing was 15 years old. Model Airplane News was a relative upstart and Wylam was producing his fantastic art for us. That makes FJ’s sister magazine and our parent company 83 years old—one of the oldest family-owned publishing [...]

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Wellington Revival

Apr 13, 2012 No Comments

Total Vickers Wellington bomber production totaled 11,461 aircraft, built between June 1936-when the prototype first flew- and the end of the World War II in 1945. Just a handful survive and none of these are in airworthy condition. A medium bomber and a reconnaissance aircraft with two 1,585-horsepower Bristol Hercules VI radial engines, the Wellington [...]

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The Rooster Flies!

Apr 11, 2012 1 Comment

You need a sense of humor to survive these days, a fact that hasn’t escaped Italian aircraft designer and builder Ottone Baggio-his recently completed Rooster flow for the first time on December 26th, 2011. “The Rooster has flown!” crowed the crowd at Nervesa della Battaglia airfield, near Treviso in northeast Italy that day. Ottone’s Rooster [...]

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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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