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It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… No wait, it’s a Bird Biplane

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… No wait, it’s a Bird Biplane

In 1929, Brunner-Winkle had a hit with their Bird model-A biplane, but by the end of the 1920s, even the seemingly inexhaustible supply of surplus Curtiss OX-5 engines had begun to dry up. Airframe manufacturers were scrambling to find new engines, and at the same time, engine manufacturers had seen the writing on the wall, […]
Double-Nickel Killers —

Double-Nickel Killers —

The early strategy of the 8th Air Force fighter groups was to stay with the bombers, escort them, save them, and to not leave them and go chasing after the Luftwaffe. That all changed when General Jimmy Doolittle took over in early 1944. The motto quickly changed to “Get rid of the Luftwaffe!” We were […]

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Spike Aerospace Subsonic Jet

Spike Aerospace Subsonic Jet

This summer, Spike Aerospace’s prototype of its 18-passenger supersonic business jet will take flight. The scale prototype of its S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet will demonstrate low-speed aerodynamic flight characteristics. Bigger prototypes and a supersonic demonstrator will follow by the end of next year. Spike Aerospace president and CEO Vik Kachoria says, “We made a lot of progress […]
Milton Caniff & The Art of War

Milton Caniff & The Art of War

Milton Caniff never served in the military, but, his spirit was on virtually every battlefield of WW II. His artwork on the nose of fighters and bombers and in thousands of military papers touched those in combat in ways nothing else could.     Born in 1907, Caniff moved from Ohio to New York in […]

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The World’s Fastest Pony Kegs: GeeBee R-1 and R-2

The World’s Fastest Pony Kegs: GeeBee R-1 and R-2

Today it’s impossible to think of the golden age of air racing without an R-1 or R-2 Gee Bee roaring across the mind’s eye. To the aviation public, the Gee Bees air racing — and vice versa. And that’ s only right. When Granville engineer, Pete Miller, drafted the first lines for the “R” series of […]
Thunderbolt in the Pacific — The final battle of air ace Ben Drew

Thunderbolt in the Pacific — The final battle of air ace Ben Drew

He piloted the P-47N Thunderbolt in the Pacific. He loved the N model. He used all of his talent at its controls to take the war to Japan, to the place U. S. airmen called “the Empire.” P-47N pacific Still, Urban L. “Ben” Drew is remembered mostly today for what he achieved in a different […]

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The P-47 Thunderbolt — The Beautiful Brute Lives on

The P-47 Thunderbolt — The Beautiful Brute Lives on

There’s a lot more to the P-47 than simply being a seemingly fat, overweight pugilist surrounded by svelte, muscular appearing peers on both sides of the fight. Its out-of-place appearance made it the butt of a lot of jokes on its own side. However, to the Axis, whether on the ground or in the air, […]
Fairey Swordfish: The Hundred Knot Warrior

Fairey Swordfish: The Hundred Knot Warrior

It’s impossible to look at the Fairey Swordfish, affectionately known as the “Stringbag,” and not say, “You have to be kidding! This was one of the Royal Navy’s most effective weapons of WW II?” A gigantic, bi-winged personification of the word “anachronistic,” as the saying goes, the Swordfish may have been ugly, but it was […]

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North American AT-6 Texan — The Pilot Maker!

North American AT-6 Texan — The Pilot Maker!

There are famous aircraft, and then there are the over the top famous aircraft! The AT-6 Texan is one of the all time sweethearts of the war, both loved and hated by everyone who learned their trade at her controls. Used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Navy, […]
Extra 300S: Patty Wagstaff and her Magic Machine

Extra 300S: Patty Wagstaff and her Magic Machine

If you’ve ever seen her fly, you’ll never forget it. She’s razzle-dazzle personified. If you meet her and spend a few moments with her, youíll come away with much the same feeling. It’ll be obvious that the pilot fits the airplane. Or is it the other way around? Patty exudes confidence laced with huge amounts […]
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