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Super Stearman: Bulging Biplane Biceps

Super Stearman: Bulging Biplane Biceps

by Budd Davisson What do you get when you take any airplane and more than double the horsepower? For one thing you get much bigger grins every time you move the throttle forward for takeoff. The 450 Stearman, the so-called ìSuper Stearman,î is a classic case in point. Originally born with a puny 220 hp, […]
Loves the Oil Hawks!

Loves the Oil Hawks!

When I saw the article on Al Williams, I remembered some photos and information given to me by the wife of Al’s son, Jack, back in the 80’s. I had met Jack when he and his family were living in Charlotte, NC, and he shared with me some of the fascinating photos and stories of […]

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Butcher Bird – Fw 190

Butcher Bird – Fw 190

Tale of the FW 190 In August 1941, a new shape appeared over the French coast: a blunt-nosed, elegantly pugnacious profile possessed of startling performance bearing black crosses. It was the product of a two-year program that immediately changed the Channel air war. Britain’s standard Spitfire Mk V could not compete with the Luftwaffe’s new […]
Restored Speed Wing Built for Final Flights

Restored Speed Wing Built for Final Flights

When the time comes, there is something to be said for going out in style. Richard Zeiler has just the ride for that. Zeiler, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who flew a Cessna L-19 Bird Dog in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, spent the better part of a quarter century leading a team of […]

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What is the Aircraft?

What is the Aircraft?

Attached is a picture of my father (tall fellow standing) on an aircraft that appears to be shot down.  My father immigrated from Denmark and joined the Canadian Army, 9 Canadian Field Squadron R.C.E.,formed in England April 1943.   I know he was serving during the campaign in Italy.  This picture came to my attention just last week […]
Travel Air A-6000A: Back from  the Aerial Dead

Travel Air A-6000A: Back from the Aerial Dead

Looking back at the Travel Air Manufacturing Company of the late 1920s from this end of history’s telescope, it looks like an aviation dream team. Of course, at the time, there was no way to know that each of the company’s founders, Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman would go on to become aviation […]

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January 9. On this Day in Aviation History

January 9. On this Day in Aviation History

Today in 1969: NASA announced the astronauts selected for the first lunar landing: (left to right below) Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., Neil A. Armstrong, and Michael Collins. This photo of the crew was taken the following day. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon’s […]
New Film Chronicles Secret WWII Training

New Film Chronicles Secret WWII Training

Heroes on Deck, a one-hour documentary featuring secret World War II pilot training missions on Lake Michigan, will have its world premiere today in Kalamazoo, Mich. The film, written, executive produced, and directed by Emmy Award-winning and Kalamazoo College alumnus John Davies, “Heroes on Deck” tells the story of a little known chapter of United States […]

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January 5 – On this Day in Aviation history.

January 5 – On this Day in Aviation history.

Flipping through the Flight Journal archives, here are some interesting entries from the historical calendar. 2009: A Basler BT-67 crashes while attempting to land in Antarctica. All four passengers survive, but the plane is destroyed. 2002: Charles J. Bishop, a Florida teenager inspired by the September 11th hijackers, flies a Cessna 172 into the side […]
Six Months to Victory

Six Months to Victory

Flight Petty Officer Saburo Sakai was having a good day. His squadron of A6M2 Zeros of the Tainan Wing had departed Rabaul, New Britain, more than 500 miles northwest of the previously obscure island of Guadalcanal, responding to an American amphibious landing. In a series of combats north of the island, Sakai had shot down […]
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