One Lucky Bastard: December Issue

Martha’s Vineyard’s Workin’ Wacos

The Boy Next Door Goes to War

Mission into Darkness

World War II Trainers – The Ace Makers

My Target is What?! Embarrassing Non-shootdowns

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Largest Flying Boat Never Built—the Witteman Air Liner

Largest Flying Boat Never Built—the Witteman Air Liner

The Witteman Air Liner was proposed in 1915 by Charles R. Witteman, but never built. It was touted as an inherently stable design with controls “arranged for operating by either one or two persons.” It had a planned span of 50 feet, length of 96 feet and was to be powered by two motors spinning […]
DRACO: The Ultimate STOL Bushplane

DRACO: The Ultimate STOL Bushplane

Short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft have been in development since the mid-1930s, when the Germans produced the Fieseler Storch. The Storch was famously used to rescue deposed Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini from his 9000ft high mountain-top prison in the Gran Sasso Massif in Italy, and was flown by Hanna Reisch on a trip to […]

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Grasshopper Roundup

Grasshopper Roundup

In the summer of 1941, with a world war knocking at America’s door, the U.S. Army was itching for a “low and slow” observation plane. The Army wanted one that could loiter near and over the hidden enemy and, when spotted, could then coordinate with artillery units to rain destruction down upon the foe. During […]
Flying Tigers P-40 Recovery

Flying Tigers P-40 Recovery

A Chinese group plans to try to recover a fighter plane from the legendary Flying Tigers group of American pilots that crashed in a lake in China during World War II. The Flying Tigers, who were sent to China in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt before Washington joined the war, have long been one […]

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Airbus Reveals Zero-Emission Concept Planes

Airbus Reveals Zero-Emission Concept Planes

Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations in order to support the company’s ambition of leading the way in the decarbonization of the entire aviation industry. […]
[VIDEO] In the Cockpit of an F-117 Nighthawk

[VIDEO] In the Cockpit of an F-117 Nighthawk

In this video from the Palm Springs Air Museum, get the inside scoop on the Nighthawk from Capt. Ken Dwelle, an Air Force pilot who flew it.The F-117A was the first operational aircraft to be designed around stealth technology. Its maiden flight took place in 1981 at Groom Lake, Nevada, and the aircraft achieve operating […]

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On this Day, October 1 – F-86 Takes Flight

On this Day, October 1 – F-86 Takes Flight

On October 1,1947, after three years development, the first prototype North American Aviation XP-86 (NAA designation NA-140), serial number 45-59597, was ready for its first flight at Muroc Dry Lake in the high desert, north of Los Angeles, California. Completed at North American’s Inglewood plant on 8 August 1947, the new aircraft was trucked to […]
Night Hunter — the first Corsair equipped with radar

Night Hunter — the first Corsair equipped with radar

Hunched in the cockpit of an F4U-2 Corsair in the darkest, blackest night he could remember, Second Lieutenant Frank Lang peered at the 6-inch scope in the center of his instrument panel and saw nothing significant to break up the green-yellow line inscribing a circle around the dial.

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[VIDEO] Korean KF-X Prototype Assembly

[VIDEO] Korean KF-X Prototype Assembly

Scheduled for its first flights in 2022, the KAI KF-X Korean Fighter prototype is starting its final assembly process, where electronics, radar, and various other subsystems will be installed until the aircraft is officially rolled out in April, 2021. KF-X is a 4.5th generation fighter and will replace the fleet of aging F-4s, F-5s, and […]
Black Sea Salvage: P-39 Airacobra

Black Sea Salvage: P-39 Airacobra

In July 1944, Junior Lieutenant Vladimir Shishken was flying a Bell P-39 Airacobra with the Black Sea Fleet in a training exercise and saw smoke coming from the engine. He landed on the water, and although the Airacobra sank, he made it to shore with a slight head wound. Ironically, the fighter had just 9 […]
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