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Up Close: F4U CORSAIR

Up Close: F4U CORSAIR

Bent-Wing Beauty You don’t have to inspect a Corsair closely to know that it is a very complex airplane. The characteristics that make it so identifiable—among them, its inverted “gull” wing—must have kept manufacturing people up nights trying to figure out how to build them fast enough to meet the requirements of the War. From […]
Free: Original Drawing of Sikorsky “Le Grand”

Free: Original Drawing of Sikorsky “Le Grand”

When 23-year-old Igor Sikorsky proposed building the world’s biggest airplane and the first four-engine airplane, he was laughed at. However, in 1913, he proved his detractors all wrong, and had taken his first step toward becoming an aviation icon. The drawing we are offering is directly from the Sikorsky Archives and was initialed by Igor […]

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T-Tailed Tri-Jet: The Martin XB-51

T-Tailed Tri-Jet: The Martin XB-51

The XB-51 was a one-of-a-kind movie star that starred in the 1956 movie entitled Toward the Unknown as the Gilbert XF-120, which would have made it the world’s biggest fighter! What began life as a four-engine turbopropjet (two) and turbojet (two)-powered attack aircraft designated XA-45, evolved into a three-engine, turbojet-powered, medium-class bombardment aircraft designated XB-51 […]
Screen Saver: 532nd BG B-17 formation

Screen Saver: 532nd BG B-17 formation

Traditionally, we’ve offered some of the fantastic line drawings of  William Wylam, Willis Nye or some of the other classic draftsmen/artists in FlightJournal.com. This time around, however, the Air Age Archive didn’t have any drawings that directly tie to this issue. So, we’re going in another direction and offer a high-quality vintage photograph, in this […]

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Warbirds: Do They Have a Future?

Warbirds: Do They Have a Future?

With the prices of restorable warbirds escalating out of sight and new restorations taking to the air almost daily, we often lose sight of the fact that at one time, most of those airplanes were cast off as junk. There were few museums and almost no private collectors who tracked historic aircraft down and saved […]
Museums’ Me 262 Gets its Colors

Museums’ Me 262 Gets its Colors

Thursday, May 10, 2019. The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM) unveiled the paint scheme of its highly anticipated Me 262 project. The Me 262 was acquired by the museum back in 2000 and its restoration has been kept very quiet until now! FHCAM is excited to unveil, to you for the first time, […]

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Charles Lindbergh standing beside the Spirit of St. Louis. Photograph by American Commercial Photographers (attrib.), 1927. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collections. Lindbergh, Charles A. Collection. n22380.

On This Day in Aviation History

1927 – Charles Lindbergh lands his new Ryan monoplane, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” in St. Louis, Mo., after a record non-stop overnight flight from San Diego, Calif., of 14 hours, 25 min. 1957 – Death of Victor Herbert Strahm, American World War I flying ace, who served in World War II and was chief test pilot for the U.S. Army Air Forces. […]
Voodoo Magic: Learning to dance with a high-spirited lady

Voodoo Magic: Learning to dance with a high-spirited lady

By 1959, Major Ernest Craigwell, Tuskegee Airman and a current Air Defense Command fighter pilot, had already enjoyed his fair share of time flying hot jets and a certain modest measure of notoriety. Two years earlier, his role flying F-51s alongside Korean War legend Dean Hess had been dramatized in the popular Universal-International feature film […]

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B-17 Flying Fortress Online Free Artwork

B-17 Flying Fortress Online Free Artwork

There’s that wonderful word again: Free! This time we’re offering high- quality PDF downloads of William Wylam’s fabulous drawing of the B-17G Flying Fortress. The detailing is incredible and the PDF could be blown up to almost any size without losing quality. Enjoy! Click here.  
Iconic Firepower: Proximity Fuzes

Iconic Firepower: Proximity Fuzes

Proximity fuzes vexed AAF General Hap Arnold during World War II. The United Sates had them, the Germans were working on them, and the prospects for heavy bomber formations were not good if Germany perfected theirs. Before proximity fuzes, the problem facing antiaircraft gunners at long range was to estimate distance and altitude for pre-set […]
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