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Avro Anson Restoration Underway

F8 Wings Folded

P-51 Mustang: John Landers and “Big Beautiful Doll”

Magnificent Pain: The Art of the Sukhoi 31

F/A-18 Hornet: a Dynasty in the Making

Treasures from the Deep — The USS Lexington gives up its Secrets

he A-10 Warthog Has No Warts

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USS Macon Crash Site Explored

USS Macon Crash Site Explored

Off the California coast lies the sunken wreckage of the U.S. Navy’s last flying aircraft carrier. The idea that the Navy had flying aircraft carriers is probably new to a lot of people. Imagine a nearly 800-foot “blimp” where five military airplanes can land and take off in midair.  Last week, a team of oceanographers got […]
In Theater: Operation Magic Carpet

In Theater: Operation Magic Carpet

In the summer of 1945, the U.S. military spawned a generation of poets who shared one sentiment: “Those who want to be a hero, They number almost zero. Those who want to be civilians… Gee—they number in the millions!” As early as 1943, the Pentagon began contingency planning for returning millions of personnel from overseas […]

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Ending The Greatest War

Ending The Greatest War

In the 70 years since VJ-Day, few wars have ended in outright victory. America tied in Korea, abandoned South Vietnam, quit while ahead on points in Iraq in 1991, declared victory there in 2011, and now plans to flee Afghanistan. The current global war against radical Islam is likely to last for generations. Israel won […]
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In Theater: Game Changer

In the world’s largest theater of war, three aircraft proved decisive: a Navy dive bomber, a Navy fighter, and an Army bomber. The Douglas SBD Dauntless won essential victories in the year after Pearl Harbor: Coral Sea, Midway, and the Guadalcanal battles. Thereafter, Japan never regained the strategic initiative. Grumman’s F6F Hellcat defeated Japanese airpower. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Royal Navy aviator Wilfred Parke becomes the first pilot ever to recover from a spin when he regains control of his Avro Type G biplane 50 feet from the ground at Larkhill, England. 1916 – Birth of Saburo Sakai, Japanese naval aviator and World War II fighter ace. 1929 – First flight of […]
Flying Finale Nears for Vulcan XH558

Flying Finale Nears for Vulcan XH558

As most readers will know, the fabulous “Tin Triangle,” Avro Vulcan XH558, will be making her air show curtain call in a few short weeks. It has been a marvelous run for the old girl, and a real testament to the fortitude of those who fought through a mountain of red tape and engineering challenges […]

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A Minor Point

Another great issue! But let me raise a relatively minor, but often mistaken, point. The engines of the PB4Y-2, and all US combat engines, were supercharged (mechanically driven), but not all were turbocharged, as was the B-24, and others. All turbos (exhaust driven) blew into superchargers, usually via intercoolers. Keep ’em comin’! Joe Deck Well…it’s […]

Coast Guard Privateer

It should be noted that the Casey Grande Privateer is a P4Y-2G converted to Coast Guards requirements from PB4Y-2s in the late 1940s.
 
Please enter “P4Y-2G” in your search browser for details. You should find the U S Coast Guard Aircraft site.
 
The Privateer shown was probably a fire bomber which explains its survival. I […]

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PB4Y-2 parts,

In regards to your recent request in the October 2015 issue for information on PB4Y-2 parts. The South Bighorn airport in Graybull Wyoming did have some PB4Y-2s parked on the tarmac side several years ago. They may have belonged to the DOI. Driving by last summer I was surprised by the variety of a/c parked […]

First to Land

I may have sent this to Budd before, but the mention of Clay Tice and his P-38s making the first landing in the Japanese home islands prompts me to send the link again. http://www.aerofiles.com/tice.html is Clay Tice’s “The Very Unofficial Surrender of Japan”. This includes his official report and the unofficial report of how events […]
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