Table of Contents – January 2012 Aviation History

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FEATURES

Game Changers
By Stephan Wilkinson
Fifteen aircraft that had the greatest influence on the course of aviation.

The War of Electricity
By Gavin Mortimer
Future “Dambuster” Guy Gibson helped develop night airborne radar interception during the Blitz.

The Last Gunfighter
By Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Vought’s Crusader ranks as one of naval aviation’s greats, both as a supersonic fighter and a technological triumph.

Solving the Problem of ‘Fog Flying’
By Richard P. Hallion
With help from the Guggenheim Fund, Jimmy Doolittle proved blind flight could be safe and reliable.

Nango’s Last Stand
By Michael John Claringbould
The death of a popular ace came as a blow to the Japanese in New Guinea.

VTOL Jet Transport’s Swan Song
By Jon Guttman
Despite the record-setting Dornier Do-31’s great promise, it never got past the prototype stage.

DEPARTMENTS  

Mailbag

Briefing

Extremes
By Mark Wolverton
Project Tip-Tow experimented with fighters tethered to bombers

Restored
By Robert Bernier
How a U.S. Navy Skywarrior gained a berth at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum 

Aviators
By Perry Colvin
Before World War I, Winston Churchill took flight training—with limited success

Letter From Aviation History

Reviews

Flight Test
By Jon Guttman

Aero Poster

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Discussion:

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