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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

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Sergey Vladimirovich Ilyushin, Soviet aircraft designer who later founds the Ilyushin aircraft design bureau. 1936 – The first successful bail-out from a rotary-winged aircraft takes place when William H. “Bill” McAvoy and engineer John Wheatley abandon their Pitcairn YG-2 Autogiro when the rotor fails. 1941 – The first powered flight of […]
Kansas Mechanics Rebuild Electra 10A

Kansas Mechanics Rebuild Electra 10A

Mechanics from Wichita Air Services at the Newton City/County airport put pieces of history back together, restoring a classic 1930s airplane. The plane “went through a lot of owners,” Don Stancer, lead mechanic at Wichita Air Services, said. “It’s been around,” Leeb Vonfange, shop manager, said. Along with several other mechanics, they restored a 1937 Lockheed Electra […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Elizabeth Muriel Gregory “Elsie” MacGill, known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes;” she becomes the world’s first female aircraft designer. 1936 – First flight of the Fokker D.XXI (shown), a Dutch low-wing monoplane fighter. 1945 – Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan’s ports and waterways, begins. The mining runs are […]
Germanwings Crash Deliberate

Germanwings Crash Deliberate

Andreas Lubitz was breathing, steady and calm, in the final moments of Germanwings Flight 9525. It was the only sound from within the cockpit that the voice recorder detected as Mr. Lubitz, the co-pilot, sent the plane into its descent. The sounds coming from outside the cockpit door on Tuesday were something else altogether: knocking and […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Romolo Ticconi, Italian World War I flying ace. 1931 – First flight of the Hawker Fury (Mk.1 shown), a British biplane fighter. 1950 – A Mandated Air Lines Lockheed Hudson IVA crashes into a house while trying to make an emergency landing at Law-Nadzab Airport in Papua New Guinea. 1956 – […]
Mystery Surrounds Germanwings Crash

Mystery Surrounds Germanwings Crash

Just over a year after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean without making a distress call, the aviation world faced a new mystery Tuesday: the crash of a Germanwings jetliner in the French Alps with 150 passengers and crew members aboard. But European investigators should have a far easier time unraveling the […]

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Raider crew for Plane Ten. As a teenager, Flight Journal’s Editor-in-Chief knew pilot Richard Joyce (front, left) but had no idea he was a Raider, so never interviewed him.

Do It Now

Living history has a shelf life, and the expiration date cannot be extended. I’ve been interviewing WW II veterans since the early 1970s when I got serious about writing history, and it’s been a bittersweet experience. Anyone who’s made a career documenting aviation (or anything else) will tell you the same thing: you make older […]
Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 – Free Wallpaper

Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 – Free Wallpaper

Our next issue will be a salute to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which we think is not universally recognized as one of the more pivotal events in the 20th century. If England had fallen, the remaining Allies would have had no place to base all of the subsequent military actions. In […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Martin Schempp, German glider pilot and founder of Schempp-Hirth, a major manufacturer of gliders. 1914 – The Royal Siamese Flying Corps, which later becomes the Royal Thai Air Force, is formed. 1936 – Imperial Airways begins scheduled flights between Hong Kong and Malaysia. 1948 – First flight of the Douglas F3D […]
Palm Springs Museum Nabs F-102

Palm Springs Museum Nabs F-102

The Palm Springs Air Museum recently took possession of a Cold War-era Convair F-102A Delta Dagger, a single-seat interceptor aircraft built as part of the backbone of the U.S. Air Force’s air defenses in the late 1950s. These aircraft also saw some limited service in the Vietnam War in bomber escort and ground-attack roles. Many […]
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