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J-3 Cub: Piper’s Gift to Mankind

J-3 Cub: Piper’s Gift to Mankind

Like most pilots, I’m not certain I can remember a time before I flew a J-3. That’s probably because I too started out in a Cub. I was fifteen years old and even then found one of the biggest hurdles to flying a Cub to be simply getting in it. The dance includes the following […]
From the Air Age Archives —  Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger (Shrike)

From the Air Age Archives — Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger (Shrike)

More commonly referred to as the Butcher Bird by pilots that went up against this fierce fighter, the Fw 190 was a German single-seat, single-engine aircraft designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s. Widely used during WW2 along with its Luftwaffe counterpart, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the Fw 190 became the backbone of the […]

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Happy Birthday Chuck Yeager

Happy Birthday Chuck Yeager

Now 94, Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager was born February 13, 1923 and is a retired Major General of the United States Air Force. A noted test pilot, he was the first pilot to travel faster than sound (1947). Originally retiring in 1975 as a Brigadier General, Yeager was promoted to Major General while on the Air Force’s […]
An Intel Shooting Star drones fleet lights up the sky in an American Flag formation during the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Inside Look: Intel’s Shooting Star drones lit up the sky during the Super Bowl 51

In a choreographed aerial light show to kick-off the performance of Lady Gaga’s half-time show, Intel’s Shooting Star drones lit up the sky during the Super Bowl. An Intel Shooting Star drones fleet lights up the sky in an American Flag formation during the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show on Sunday, Feb. 5, […]

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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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