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WW II Pilot Bernie Sledzick – Little Guy in a Big Airplane

Belgian Rattlesnake – The long-serving Lewis Machine gun

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Little Boy & Fat Man: The Game Changers

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Fokker Dr.1 Triplane: Flying The Red Baron’s Beast

Fokker Dr.1 Triplane: Flying The Red Baron’s Beast

When you’re strapping into a Fokker Triplane the difference between it and most other airplanes is palpable. The instrument panel doesn’t exist and the few rudimentary gauges are snuggled between the butts of two dummy Spandaus that seem to be almost in your face. When you look outside, that middle wing sits exactly where youíd […]
Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

All of us at Flight Journal wish you and yours a very merry Christmas that’s filled with family, fun, and aviation.

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The Vietnam War Had to Start Somewhere – Aerial assault on the first bridge

The Vietnam War Had to Start Somewhere – Aerial assault on the first bridge

General Curtis E. LeMay, Air Force Chief of Staff, was not happy. First line U.S. fighters had been in South East Asia in small numbers since 1960. By mid-1964, more fighters began rotating through bases in South Vietnam and Thailand, as a show of force. Reconnaissance missions, with a pair of fighters as escorts, known […]
Wankel engine Making a comeback in the UAS Industry and More

Wankel engine Making a comeback in the UAS Industry and More

  With more than 35 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, and testing 2-stroke engines, 3W-International GmbH has developed and patented the newest generation of Heavy Fuel (HF) engines for the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) industry. The 3W-180 SRE hybrid is unique in the drive technology for UASs. The engine features 180cc displacement and a […]

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Superfortress Atomic Bombs: Little Boy & Fat Man

Superfortress Atomic Bombs: Little Boy & Fat Man

Known as Little Boy and Fat Man, the atomic bombs that the Superfortresses dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were game changers Development of nuclear weapons began in early 1943, following years of scientific and engineering research. The Manhattan Project managers identified two methods of firing a nuclear weapon, and given the prospects for ending the […]

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10 “Gustav”

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10 “Gustav”

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 series went through innumerable major and minor design changes throughout its career. However, three were most significant—the E or “Emil,” the F or “Friedrich,” and the G or “Gustav.” The Emil was best known as the Battle of Britain 109, readily distinguished from earlier models by its more streamlined nose, yet […]
Aviation Photographer Phil High’s Night Vision

Aviation Photographer Phil High’s Night Vision

Phil High’s Aviation Photography taken at night results in aircraft photos of unexpected beauty and drama. As a longtime volunteer photographer for the Experimental Aircraft Association at their annual orgy-of-all-things-aerial in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Phil High will regularly be seen lying on the ground, getting dramatic angles of an airplane. Or homing-in on the details that […]

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On this Day in Aviation History — Japan Fighters Intercept Chinese Plane

On this Day in Aviation History — Japan Fighters Intercept Chinese Plane

Japan scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese plane was seen Thursday near small islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries. This is the first time that the dispute over the islands — which Japan calls Senkaku and China refers to as Diaoyu — has involved aircraft, introducing a new sphere of […]
BAE Systems Hawk — The RAF’s amazing Trainer

BAE Systems Hawk — The RAF’s amazing Trainer

A British single-engine, advanced trainer jet, the BAE Systems Hawk was first flown in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk. Subsequently produced by its successor companies, British Aerospace and BAE Systems, the Hawk has been used in a training capacity and as a low-cost combat aircraft. Currently still in production in the UK and under […]
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