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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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    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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    Supersonic Gamble

    Britain and France bet on the prospects of supersonic transport, but ultimately were thwarted by economic and environmental concerns. The Anglo-French Concorde supersonic transport (SST) is an airplane of singular grace and elegance. It...

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    Style Over Substance

    Lockheed’s XF-90 embodied the rakish appearance of an early jet fighter, but its sleek exterior hid a host of shortcomings. Created by the famous Lockheed “Skunk Works” and heavily publicized as the U.S. Air Force’s next fighter,...

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    Damned Hunchbacks

    Developed from an airliner, the SM.79 trimotor torpedo bomber emerged as Italy’s most important attack aircraft in the Mediterranean. As the struggle between Allied and Axis forces for control of the Mediterranean Sea reached its...

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    Dragonfly Dreams

    Although Miles Aircraft’s odd-looking Libellula flew well, British officials swatted it down. The conventional image of an airplane—a tubular fuselage with a pair of wings attached somewhere near the center and a rudder and elevators...

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    Mystery Ship: March 2018

    Can you identify the parasitic airplane? Click here for the answer!  ...

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    Myth of the Zero

    Mitsubishi’s legendary A6M ran circles around opposing fighters early in World War II, but by 1945 its odds of surviving a dogfight were close to zero. Has there ever been a warplane as mythic as the Mitsubishi Zero? Legend, mystery,...

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    Project Tip-Tow

    The “floating wingtip” concept led to Cold War experiments that had pilots tip-towing on the verge of disaster. The history of aviation is full of ideas that seemed ingenious when first pro- posed but failed in practice. These notions...

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    Mother Ships and Parasites

    Wright Air Development Center film report on tests using a Convair B-36 Peacemaker “mother ship” and the Republic F-84 Thunderjet parasite aircraft. Produced by Motion Picture Branch Technical Photographic Services Section,...

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    Mystery Ship: January 2018

    Can you identify this unusual raceplane? Click here for the answer!...

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    Republic’s Fleeting Masterpiece

    Despite its sleek lines and unparalleled performance, there would be no pot of gold at the end of this Rainbow. In real estate, it’s location, location, location. In aircraft, it’s timing, timing, timing. Some examples proving this...

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    Corky’s Avenger

    A legendary test pilot brings a long-abandoned TBM back to life. Restoring a World War II aircraft is such a major undertaking that few but fanatical hobbyists or professional mechanics are willing to take it on. Pilot Corwin H....

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    Curtiss P-40 Warhawk: One of WW II’s Most Famous Fighters

    Thanks to its sleek looks and its brilliant use by the American Volunteer Group in China, the P-40 was one of World War II's most famous fighters -- but far from the best....

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    Cat Tales: Consolidated’s PBY Flying Boat

    Consolidated’s rugged PBY set a standard for flying boats and amphibians that will never be eclipsed. 1935 was a vintage year for first flights. It saw the arrival of three enormously capable, ahead-of-their-time airplanes that played a...

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    Bat Out of Hell

    The rocket-powered Me-163 Komet interceptor outperformed every other World War II combat aircraft…if its pilots lived to fight. In late July 1944, P-51 Mustang pilots who thought they flew the best fighter aircraft over Germany received...