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Build Your Own Spad – Free Online Drawing

Build Your Own Spad – Free Online Drawing

Although the Spad XIII wasn’t known as a dancer, similar to the nimble little Camel, she was, however a tough brawler and was able to deliver the firepower and bring her pilot home. America’s top ace, Eddie Rickenbacker notched up 26 victories in one and the Arizona Balloon Buster, Frank Luke, took his Spad where […]
William Wylam XP-67 Drawing

William Wylam XP-67 Drawing

Okay, so it’s not the Bat Plane, but when put in the context of its 1942 birth, the XP-67’s Buck Rogers appearance qualified it for Bat Plane status. See “One of a Kind” in the February 2013 issue to learn the full story behind the wild design and to get your own XP-67 plans as […]

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WWII Combo Pack 600x120

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Wingman to the Aces

Wingman to the Aces

Lt. Floyd Fulkerson: Ultimate Wingman By John Dejanovich There are no great aces without great wingmen and young Lt. Floyd Fulkerson from Little Rock, Arkansas, was one of those wingmen. Although he had four confirmed victories, so he was nearly an ace himself, he sees his primary contribution to the war effort to have been […]
Stinson AT-19 Free Online Drawing

Stinson AT-19 Free Online Drawing

William Wylam was a wildly prolific and talented draftsman and, through the years, Flight Journal readers have benefited from Air Age Media’s archive of the drawings he did for us back in the 1930s and 1940s. This month, we happened upon drawings of the Stinson AT-19, the WW II version of the Reliant that served […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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The Perfect Fighter

The Perfect Fighter

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 […]
Six Months to Victory

Six Months to Victory

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

William Wylam P-47D Drawing

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 […]
Twenty Years of Flight Journal

Twenty Years of Flight Journal

Publisher Louis DeFrancesco sat across the table from my wife, Marlene, and me on the second floor of an Italian restaurant in the Biltmore section of Phoenix and said, “We want to start a new magazine—only rather than being a hobby magazine, like our Model Airplane News, we want it to be on full-scale aircraft. […]

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Voodoo Magic

Voodoo Magic

Learning to dance with a high-spirited lady By James H. Farmer By 1959, Major Ernest Craigwell, Tuskegee Airman and a current Air Defense Command fighter pilot, had already enjoyed his fair share of time flying hot jets and a certain modest measure of notoriety. Two years earlier, his role flying F-51s alongside Korean War legend […]
Jap Attack Sand Isl.:  Sand Island, which housed most of the Atoll’s facilities, also saw extensive damage including the base hospital and power station.  Although seriously wounded Midway’s defenders were still potent shooting down 15 of the attackers.  The Japanese air commander sent back word that a second raid was indicated.

Belle Geddes Midway Dioramas

Life magazine, with the help of the USN, commissioned the construction of an incredible series of gigantic dioramas that illustrated the various events and phases of the Battle of Midway. While preparing Barrett Tillman’s exhaustive article on that operation in this issue, our own Stan Piet stumbled upon what appears to be the entire file […]
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