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    Meatboxes Versus Doodlebugs

    Although Britain’s first operational jet never mixed it up with the Messerschmitt Me-262, the Gloster Meteor did take on a dangerous jet-powered opponent. The first two confrontations between the jet-propelled aircraft of opposing air...

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    Tuskegee Top Guns

    A team of Tuskegee Airmen took top honors at the 1949 Air Force gunnery meet, only to have their trophy mysteriously disappear for 47 years. Everybody knows the story of the Tuskegee Airmen—how they blew through the color barrier and...

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    The Truth About Tidal Wave

    A veteran of the costly B-24 raid on Ploesti tells the real story of what went wrong. The events in the skies over the Mediterranean and southern Europe on August 1, 1943, have long been a historical bone of contention. On that fateful day...

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    Modest Mal

    For airline pilot Mal Freeburg, handling in-flight emergencies was all in a day’s work. The bad news traveled fast on a beautiful afternoon at St. Paul’s Municipal Airport in April 1932. Sitting in Northwest Airway’s Minnesota...

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    Bent-Wing Phoenix

    Jim Tobul’s prize-winning F4U Corsair Korean War Veteran has beat the odds—twice. All too few warbirds are rescued from the scrap heap, carefully restored and returned to the air. Even fewer get rebuilt a second time after a crash. Jim...

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    Heinkel’s Jet Test-Bed

    The world’s first jet-propelled aircraft was actually a jury-rigged prop plane. There have been several claimants to the distinction of being the first jet- propelled airplane—including the Caproni Campini N.1 and Heinkel He-178—but...

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    Aviation History Briefing- March 2012

    Shturmovik Rebuilt Under the Radar Nearly unnoticed in the West, several Russian firms have been doing world-class warbird restorations. The most recent phoenix to launch skyward from such a workshop is the world’s only airworthy...

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    Aviation History Review: Airline Tycoon 2

    Wannabe aviation entrepreneurs confront real-world economic realities. Today the airline business is tougher than ever following a decade-long siege of security concerns, a struggling economy and major consolidations. Little of this drama...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Reach for the Sky

    Reach for the Sky: The Story of Douglas Bader, Legless Ace of the Battle of Britain by Paul Brickhill Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader, KBE, DSO, DFC, was a cocky young fighter pilot who lost his legs in a crash but defied...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Finish Forty and Home

    Finish Forty and Home: The Untold World War II Story of B-24s in the Pacific by Phil Scearce, University of North Texas Press, Denton, 2011, $29.95 This book, by the son of a Pacific War veteran, shows the air war was vastly different for...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Jasta 18

    Jasta 18: The Red Noses by Greg Van Wyngarden, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2011, $25.95 Although Jagdstaffel 18 wasn’t among the highest-scoring German fighter squadrons of World War I, it was among the earliest and had an...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Into the Blue

    Into the Blue: American Writing on Aviation and Spaceflight edited by Joseph J. Corn, The Library of America, New York, 2011, $40 The prestigious Library of America, which for more than three decades has striven to keep the nation’s best...

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    Aviation History Book Review: AV-8B Harrier II Units

    AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm by Lon Nordeen, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2011, $22.95 This book is long overdue for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the controversy that has hovered...

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    Aviation History Book Review: The Wright Story

    The Wright Story: The True Story of the Wright Brothers’ Contribution to Early Aviation by Joe Bullmer, BookSurge, Charleston, S.C., 2009, $19.95 “There are often very fine lines between perseverance and stubbornness, confidence and...

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    Aviation History Book Review: German Aces Speak

    The German Aces Speak: World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe’s Most Important Commanders by Colin D. Heaton and Anne Marie Lewis, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2011, $29 “I tried to bail out, but the canopy was...

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    Marine Chopper Salvage

    The first Marine Corps transport helicopter squadron introduced new tactics in Korea—and took field modifications to new heights. Just seven months after being commissioned, the first U.S. Marines Corps transport helicopter squadron,...