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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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Classics: Curtiss B-2

Classics: Curtiss B-2

Before the Gooney Bird, there was the Condor By Joe Gertler The T-32 design originally focused on The Condor as a twin-engine biplane, bomber, ambulance and troop transport. It was first flown in 1933. Curtiss Company blueprints and reports showed the Condor with its many machine gun ports in the nose, and on the top […]
Gallery: Laird LCW-300

Gallery: Laird LCW-300

By Budd Davisson One of the more exciting periods of aviation development was also the darkest period in America’s financial history. A completely contradictory statement to be sure, but one has only to look at the decade beginning in 1929 to see that the roots of American aviation were, for some unknown reason, wildly nurtured […]

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Iconic Firepower: SAM SA-2: The Aviator’s Real Enemy

Iconic Firepower: SAM SA-2: The Aviator’s Real Enemy

By Barrett Tillman In May 1960, a CIA-operated Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was destroyed in flight over central Russia. From more than 60,000 feet, Francis Gary Powers parachuted into captivity for two years, giving Moscow a huge propaganda victory over President Dwight Eisenhower, who pledged to stop all overflights. The surface to air missile had […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Hans Joachim Wolff, German World War I flying ace. 1918 – Lt. David Ingalls claims his fifth victory, becoming the only U.S. Navy ace of World War I. 1942 – First flight of the Canadian-built de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito (shown), a British multi-role combat aircraft. 1966 – Marina Solovyeva sets a new women’s airspeed record of 1,270 […]

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WWI Airplanes Not Forgotten by Ohio Men

WWI Airplanes Not Forgotten by Ohio Men

In both his military and civilian careers, Glen Fike of Beavercreek, Ohio, has spent much time working with aircraft. “I retired as a colonel at Wright-Patterson AFB, having worked on the F-16 and F-22 programs,” he said. After retiring, Fike stayed in the Dayton area. “I work for BAE Systems now. We do F-16 cockpit upgrades. I […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Jorge Chávez Dartnell, also known as Géo Chávez,  a Franco-Peruvian aviator, takes off from Switzerland and flies through Simplon Pass, making him the first pilot to fly over the Alps. He crashed during landing at Domodossola, Italy, and dies four days later from his injuries. 1916 – Death of Kiffin Yates Rockwell, American […]

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F-22 Completes First Combat Ops Against IS

F-22 Completes First Combat Ops Against IS

The F-22 Raptor has flown its first combat operation, a major milestone for the small air dominance fleet. An Air Force official confirmed that the Lockheed Martin Raptor was used over Syria Monday during nighttime operations against the Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups as part of a joint force of US and Arabian […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – The first British air attack on Germany takes place when four Sopwith Tabloid three-seaters of No.1 Squadron RNAS strike the Zeppelin sheds at Dusseldorf and Cologne. 1939 – Birth of Antonio Gallus, Italian Air force pilot and member of aerobatic team Frecce Tricolori. 1950 – First crossing of the Atlantic in a jet […]

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Australian Museum Acquires Super Connie

Australian Museum Acquires Super Connie

The Manila International Airport Authority in Manila, Philippines, recently announced an auction to forcibly sell off a dozen dormant airliners which had lain more or less abandoned at the airfield’s general aviation facility for some years now. These included five DC-9′s, an Antonov 24, Yak-40, four DC-3s and most importantly a Lockheed Super Constellation. The civilianized, former […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1902 – The first flight over London is made by Stanley Spencer in his airship “Mellin,” a 75-foot-long dirigible powered by a 3-hp water-cooled engine; he makes a trip of 30 miles. 1924 – First flight of the Junkers G 24 (shown), a German three-engine, all-metal, low-wing passenger plane. 1925 – Birth of Masajiro “Mike” […]
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