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Grumman’s Guardian

Sep 27, 2011 1 Comment

The story behind the avenger’s replacement By mid-1944 the U.S. Navy knew that it would take much longer than previously thought for the Allies to win WW II. The Japanese were still putting up very stiff resistance to the American demand for complete capitulation. Thus, it was expected that an invasion of Japan in late [...]

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Pearl Harbor: the Sleeping Giant Awakens

Sep 27, 2011 No Comments

War was coming to the ocean called “Pacific.” Imperial Japan, in need of oil to feed its growing ambition, squirmed under the stricture of an American embargo (implemented because of Japan’s aggression toward China). Japan would not be denied its self-proclaimed destiny, so Tokyo’s warlords cast covetous eyes southward to the petroleum-rich Dutch East Indies, [...]

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Some Days You Should Stay in Bed

Sep 27, 2011 1 Comment

The engineers were trying to build the lightest airplane with the biggest motor and still make it capable of surviving carrier landings. To do this, they designed the wings lighter and weaker than normal but intended to shed about three feet on each side should it be overstressed. It could fly back to the carrier [...]

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Up Close: F4U CORSAIR

Sep 27, 2011 No Comments

Bent-Wing Beauty You don’t have to inspect a Corsair closely to know that it is a very complex airplane. The characteristics that make it so identifiable—among them, its inverted “gull” wing—must have kept manufacturing people up nights trying to figure out how to build them fast enough to meet the requirements of the War. From [...]

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The Aviators Season 2 Episode 1

Sep 27, 2011 1 Comment

Aviation 101: An explanation of some of the very basics of aviation. Host profiles: A closer look at some of the hosts of The Aviators including Sara, Kurtis, Anthony, and new host, country music singer George Canyon.

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The Aviators Season 1 Episode 13

Sep 27, 2011 No Comments

Cross-border flying, Boreal forest, Flying a Cessna around the world, Splash-in: Float plane fly-in

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The Aviators Season 1 Episode 12

Sep 27, 2011 No Comments

A day in the life of an airline pilot, Airline environmentalism, Airliner maintenance

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The Aviators Season 1 Episode 11

Sep 27, 2011 No Comments

Mikey McBryan of TV’s ‘Ice Pilots’, Goodyear blimp, Midnight Sun Challenge into the Yukon

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