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Helborne 513: October Issue

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

Like Father, Like Son – Confessions of a second-generation fighter pilot

The First Bridge - The Vietnam War Had to Start Somewhere

Mitchells in the Med

Rocket Mail. It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.

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In Theater: Game Changer

In the world’s largest theater of war, three aircraft proved decisive: a Navy dive bomber, a Navy fighter, and an Army bomber. The Douglas SBD Dauntless won essential victories in the year after Pearl Harbor: Coral Sea, Midway, and the Guadalcanal battles. Thereafter, Japan never regained the strategic initiative. Grumman’s F6F Hellcat defeated Japanese airpower. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Royal Navy aviator Wilfred Parke becomes the first pilot ever to recover from a spin when he regains control of his Avro Type G biplane 50 feet from the ground at Larkhill, England. 1916 – Birth of Saburo Sakai, Japanese naval aviator and World War II fighter ace. 1929 – First flight of […]

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Flying Finale Nears for Vulcan XH558

Flying Finale Nears for Vulcan XH558

As most readers will know, the fabulous “Tin Triangle,” Avro Vulcan XH558, will be making her air show curtain call in a few short weeks. It has been a marvelous run for the old girl, and a real testament to the fortitude of those who fought through a mountain of red tape and engineering challenges […]
What is the Aircraft?

What is the Aircraft?

Attached is a picture of my father (tall fellow standing) on an aircraft that appears to be shot down.  My father immigrated from Denmark and joined the Canadian Army, 9 Canadian Field Squadron R.C.E.,formed in England April 1943.   I know he was serving during the campaign in Italy.  This picture came to my attention just last week […]

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Loves the Oil Hawks!

Loves the Oil Hawks!

When I saw the article on Al Williams, I remembered some photos and information given to me by the wife of Al’s son, Jack, back in the 80’s. I had met Jack when he and his family were living in Charlotte, NC, and he shared with me some of the fascinating photos and stories of […]

A Minor Point

Another great issue! But let me raise a relatively minor, but often mistaken, point. The engines of the PB4Y-2, and all US combat engines, were supercharged (mechanically driven), but not all were turbocharged, as was the B-24, and others. All turbos (exhaust driven) blew into superchargers, usually via intercoolers. Keep ’em comin’! Joe Deck Well…it’s […]

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Coast Guard Privateer

It should be noted that the Casey Grande Privateer is a P4Y-2G converted to Coast Guards requirements from PB4Y-2s in the late 1940s.
 
Please enter “P4Y-2G” in your search browser for details. You should find the U S Coast Guard Aircraft site.
 
The Privateer shown was probably a fire bomber which explains its survival. I […]

PB4Y-2 parts,

In regards to your recent request in the October 2015 issue for information on PB4Y-2 parts. The South Bighorn airport in Graybull Wyoming did have some PB4Y-2s parked on the tarmac side several years ago. They may have belonged to the DOI. Driving by last summer I was surprised by the variety of a/c parked […]

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First to Land

I may have sent this to Budd before, but the mention of Clay Tice and his P-38s making the first landing in the Japanese home islands prompts me to send the link again. http://www.aerofiles.com/tice.html is Clay Tice’s “The Very Unofficial Surrender of Japan”. This includes his official report and the unofficial report of how events […]

Greetings to the Flight Journal Editorial Staff:

You have an excellent magazine and I have enjoyed being a loyal reader for many years. The latest edition of your publication had an article on the V-2, which was of special interest to me because I am writing a book on the legacy of Wernher von Braun and the German Rocket Team. I did […]
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