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    A Ghost in the Machine

    An airline pilot working to rebuild a Grumman Widgeon says he was assisted by a mysterious voice in his head. As Mark Taintor approached the hangar he heard a voice say “turn right.” He looked around and didn’t see anyone. The voice...

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    Breaking the Color Barrier

    Jesse Brown, the U.S. Navy’s first black aviator, overcame hardship and prejudice in his quest for wings of gold. Jesse Leroy Brown set his sights on flying when he was just a youngster working in Mississippi’s corn and cotton fields....

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    A Pusher Ahead of Its Time

    The Curtiss-Wright XP-55 sweptwing pusher was a plane ahead of its time. “Thinking Outside the Box” is a catchphrase that is heard perhaps too often today, but in 1939 it had not yet come into wide usage. Nevertheless, the concept did...

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    Who Shot Down Major Davis?

    Controversy still surrounds the death of a top American Korean War ace, but recent revelations from Chinese records have brought us closer to the truth. With 14 victories to his credit, Major George A. Davis Jr. was the highest-scoring...

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    The Saab J21

    Saab’s J21 was among the few aircraft produced in both piston engine and turbojet versions. To most Americans, the name SAAB brings to mind a line of modish and distinctively Swedish auto­mobiles. It might come as a surprise that Saab...

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    ‘Patton in a P-51’

    Don Blakeslee’s grit, guts and guidance helped make the “Fighting 4th” one of the finest combat air groups in Europe. Like his British and Commonwealth comrades in the Royal Air Force, American Don Blakeslee of No. 133 “Eagle”...

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    Hirano’s Zero

    A Mitsubishi Zero shot down at Pearl Harbor revealed surprisingly few facts about the mysterious fighter, but did yield a map that provided tantalizing clues about the location of the Japanese fleet. Shortly before 8 a.m. on December 7,...

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    Delta Dreamer

    Artist-engineer Alexander Lippisch conceived more than 50 radical aircraft designs, including the Nazis’ rocket-powered Me-163. Few aircraft configurations are more familiar than the delta wing, which dominated the sky for many years,...

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    The Dambusters

    After 70 years, the bold British raid on Germany’s strategic river dams remains one of history’s most audacious bombing missions—a testament to ingenious engineering and the bravery of RAF aircrews.   As a red...

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    Build your own Dambuster

    Revell of Germany’s 1/72nd-scale Avro Lan­caster B Mk. III “Dam­buster” (kit 80-4295) has been called the best model of the British bomber ever produced. The 2009 release, a re­working of the “Lanc” from 2007, can be built as...

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    Workhorse of the Fleet

    Vought’s versatile Kingfisher served as a gun spotter, patrol plane, anti-submarine scout, utility transport and trainer, but downed aircrews remembered it best as an “angel on floats” Legendary World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker...

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    Aviation History Review: HAWX and Endwar

    Two stylish wargames take aerial combat into the future. The futuristic Micro soft Windows XP/Vista, 2.0 Ghz processor, 1GB system RAM, DVD ROM HAWX ($30, requires player, 3D video card with 128MB video memory, Ubisoft, www.ubi.com) looks...

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    The Sky My Kingdom

    The Sky My Kingdom: Memoirs of the Famous German World War II Test Pilot by Hanna Reitsch, 2009 edition from Casemate, Philadelphia, Pa., $29.95. I first read this autobiography sometime in the 1950s, and then again in the 1970s, after...

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    LeMay

    LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay by Warren Kozak, Regnery, Washington, D.C., 2009, $27.95. Curtis LeMay remains one of the most controversial figures in American history. His reputation as an unrepentant destroyer of Nazi...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Flying For Her Country

    Flying For Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II  by Amy Goodpaster Strebe, Potomac Books, Dulles, Va., 2009, $15.95.  Historian and journalist Amy Strebe, who has researched America’s Women...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Aces High

    Aces High by Bill Yenne, Berkley Caliber, New York, 2009, $25.95. Bill Yenne’s name on the cover is reason enough to buy this book, since he has produced a seemingly unending series of high-quality books that could serve as foundation...