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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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Fokker Dr.1 Triplane: Flying The Red Baron’s Beast

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson When youíre strapping into a Fokker Triplane the difference between it and most other airplanes is palpable. The instrument panel doesnít exist and the few rudimentary gauges are snuggled between the butts of two dummy Spandaus that seem to be almost in your face. When you look outside, that middle wing sits [...]

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