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Helborne 513: October Issue

Pivotal Tactics - Behind the Legendary Battle of Britain

Banshee Wail - Flying Skulls over Burma

Out for a Sunday Ride - Civilian Pilots Caught in History’s Path

Chennault’s Flying Tigers -- How They Got Their Name

The First Bridge - The Vietnam War Had to Start Somewhere

WW II First Dogfights Available Now at AirAgeStore.com

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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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Horizon Air Meet: Up close with Matt Chapman

Horizon Air Meet: Up close with Matt Chapman

The first ever Horizon Air Meet was held last weekend at the Sanford, Maine regional airport and in addition to nonstop RC jet and heli flying and an off-road RC car race, spectators were treated to a spectacular noontime air show featuring professional airshow pilot Matt Chapman! Matt took some time out before the show […]
Pearl Harbor’s Historic Runway to be Covered with Solar Panels

Pearl Harbor’s Historic Runway to be Covered with Solar Panels

We recently learned of the U.S. Navy’s plan to cover Ford Runway with solar panels and surround it with a 7-foot-high-fence. Please read the position paper from the independently operated Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor and, if you agree with us, I hope you’ll add your voice to the outcry by signing the petition here. Ford Island, in […]

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SUV-sized NASA Curiosity Rover Successfully Lands on Mars

SUV-sized NASA Curiosity Rover Successfully Lands on Mars

Launched from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-541 heavy lift rocket, the NASA Curiosity rover is now safely motoring across Mars within a very large crater named Gale that is 96 miles in diameter. The Curiosity rover touched down on Mars at 10:31 p.m. […]
Shortly after completion by the Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation during February of this year, the V-173 sits on the ramp at the Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division plant in Grand Prairie, Texas. The VAHF has been provided use of part of a hangar at Vought for their restoration efforts.

The “Pancake” Lives On

By Robert F. Dorr, Photo by Jay Miller During WW II, every manufacturer was aggressively seeking ways of squeezing more performance out of aircraft. Unfortunately, virtually all of those sometimes unorthodox experimental aircraft have disappeared. This is what makes the displaying of the most unorthodox of them all, the Vought V-173 “Flying Flap Jack,” at […]

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Update! Human-powered heli breaks ground effect

Update! Human-powered heli breaks ground effect

When we last reported on the University of Maryland students and their impressive Gamera II machine, they had only managed to get few feet off the ground. In this latest video, Gamera II gains 8 feet in altitude using just its pedaling passenger for power! Here’s the scoop, as reported by Claudine Zap of Yahoo’s […]
‘The Aviators’ Launches Third Season [Trailers]

‘The Aviators’ Launches Third Season [Trailers]

In a news release, producer Anthony Nalli said the crew spent 46 days filming in 18 locations to compile a wide variety of segments for the increasingly popular show. “Many months and 36 segments later I’m more excited about The Aviators than I’ve ever been,” Nalli said. “This season picks up where the last left […]

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Neil Armstrong 1930-2012

Neil Armstrong 1930-2012

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has died, following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82. Armstrong’s words “That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,” spoken on July 20, 1969, as he became the first person ever to […]
Star Wars Hover Bike

Star Wars Hover Bike

One of the most iconic sequences in sci-fi movie history is the speederbike chase through the forests of Endor in Return of the Jedi. Now, thanks to a tiny California research group, real speeder bikes are no longer just a dream in a galaxy far, far away. Created by Aerofex, the rotocraft uses helicopter dynamics […]
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