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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...

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    Bachem Ba-349 Natter: A Rocket-Powered Snake

    Facing a critical shortage of C-Stoff fuel for JG.400, Colonel Wolf­gang Späte was informed by General of Fighters Adolf Galland that “because of a special SS initiative, a defensive surface-to-air rocket aircraft is supposed to be...

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    Mystery Ship: November 2017

    Can you identify this experimental testbed? Click here for the answer.  ...

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    Building a Bachem Ba-349 Natter

    The rocket-powered Bachem Ba-349 Natter (November 2017 Aviation History) was a desperate attempt by the Germans to stem the tide of Allied bombers attacking enemy targets in larger and larger numbers during the waning days of World War II....

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    Lone Star Rex

    You’ll have to visit Texas to see the only restored Kawanishi N1K1 floatplane currently on display. The center of Texas’ Hill Country seems like an unlikely place to find one of the rarest World War II aircraft, a Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu....

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    Supersonic Gamble

    Should the cancellation of America’s SST program be remembered as a mercy killing? Even coming on the heels of his vow to lead the United States to the moon ahead of the Soviets, President John F. Kennedy’s bombshell about building the...

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    Ensign Eliminator

    A quarter of all the Vought F7U Cutlass fighters built ended up crashing. On a fall day in 1955, newly minted Ensign Dick Cavicke was amazed by the number of servicemen gathered on his squadron’s flight line to gawk  at the U.S....

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    Boeing’s Trailblazing P-26 Peashooter

    Boeing’s diminutive P-26 fighter bridged the gap between stick-and-wire biplanes and modern, all-metal monoplane fighters. Ever since Charles Darwin published his Origin of the Species, archaeologists have been obsessed with...

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    Frankenstein Bomber

    Raised from the boneyard after four decades and patched together with parts from different aircraft, a Martin Canberra is prepared to make history. It’s always a treat for aviation buffs to learn that a historic airplane has been...

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    Curtiss O-52 Owl: “Messerschmitt Killer”

    Although the Curtiss O-52 Owl was obsolete before it entered combat, one managed to score an unlikely victory in Soviet service. The Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company was for many years the greatest name in American aviation, the premier...

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    Screaming Bird of Prey

    Although obsolescent even before World War II began, the Ju-87 Stuka terrorized ground troops and found a late-war niche as a tank-buster. Never has a warplane so obsolete, vulnerable and technologically basic wrought so much damage to its...

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    Pioneering Convertiplane

    Gerard Herrick tried to have the best of both worlds—fixed-wing and rotary-wing—with his HV-2A. The concept of rotary-winged aircraft goes all the way back—on paper, at least—to Leonardo da Vinci, but even after the Wright brothers...

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    Building Boeing’s Bomarc

    The Bomarc surface-to-air missile was a Cold War response to the apocalyptic vision of squadrons of Soviet bombers headed toward targets in North America. A nuclear-tipped interceptor streaking toward the enemy seems the stuff of science...