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First C-27J Spartan  arrives late for duty

First C-27J Spartan arrives late for duty

The first C-27J Spartan Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) to become operational with U.S. forces has arrived at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport in Ohio. The Italian-built C-27J has been called a “Mini C-130” because it houses two engines (instead of four), and its propellers are identical to those of second-generation Hercules transports. Mansfield’s first aircraft (no. […]
Boeing rolls out 1,000th 767, begins new assembly line

Boeing rolls out 1,000th 767, begins new assembly line

When the 1,000th Boeing 767—a 767-300ER—rolled off the original assembly line, history was marked in two ways. The rollout marks 29 years of service for the venerable wide-body twinjet just as 767 production moves to a new, smaller bay design to improve efficiency. The 767 originally went into service in 1982, and it’s offered in […]

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Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is world’s newest jetliner

Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is world’s newest jetliner

The largest ever Boeing airliner has made a successful first flight. The 4-hour 25-minute flight was from Boeing’s 747 production facilities at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, to Boeing’s developmental site at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. This newest version of the 747 took off at 9:59 a.m. and landed at 2:24 p.m. local time. […]
Aerial Firebombers

Aerial Firebombers

  August of 2001 saw us riding along with photographer/writer Ted Carlson as he flew in an entirely different theater of combat than what’s usually seen in Flight Journal: forest fire fighting. The enemy was no less lethal than the Axis powers and when the Grumman S-2F Trackers and helicopters of the California Department of […]

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Aviation History | History of Flight | Aviation History Articles, Warbirds, Bombers, Trainers, Pilots | The Bridges at Toko-Ri – the rest of the story!

The Bridges at Toko-Ri – the rest of the story!

Having flown 100 combat missions during the brutally cold winter of 1950-51 in Korea on the same type of sorties as those described—I can readily understand the situation. The main difference is that we had to land under marginal weather conditions on wet/icy PSP runways but we faced the same flak and 50 cal guns […]
Aviation History | History of Flight | Aviation History Articles, Warbirds, Bombers, Trainers, Pilots | Run Over by a Carrier

Run Over by a Carrier

Jerry ‘Turkey’ Tucker was with the Blue Angels during the last years of the F4’s then stayed on for the first two years of the A4. During Viet Nam he flew F8U’s. He’s now a senior Captain for Southwest. Here’s his incredible true story of falling off a carrier while inside his aircraft. yikes It […]

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PBY Catalina Free Online Artwork

PBY Catalina Free Online Artwork

Wylam drawings are pure art and this set, which can be downloaded free, features most of the variations of the beautiful little F4B/P-12. Click here

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Boeing F2B-1 Free Online Artwork

Boeing F2B-1 Free Online Artwork

For the detail freaks out there, download the free William Wylam drawing of the Boeing F2B-1 figherter  in keeping with our salute to teh birth of Naval aviation. Click here
Super Flanker: Russia’s SU-35

Super Flanker: Russia’s SU-35

In February 2001, Flight Journal had a real change-of-pace article, in which Jay Miller took us inside the Sukhoi Su-35 Super Flanker, explaining the strong and weak points of Russia’s most modern fighter. At the same time, lots of serious photography reminded us that Russia is also capable of building beautiful lethal aircraft. This is […]
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