Table of Contents – May 2011 Aviation History

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FEATURES

Wildcats Battle Hawks Over Casablanca
By Jack Lambert
When U.S. Navy pilots squared off with the Vichy French in November 1942, both sides flew American-built warplanes.

The World’s Ugliest Airplanes
By Stephan Wilkinson
Some flew just fine, others barely made it into the air—but every plane on our list got hit with an ugly stick.

Bad Boy of the Air
By Derek O’Connor
Daredevil aerobat Bert Acosta was blessed, or maybe cursed, with matinee idol looks and appetites to match.

Tail-Sitters
By Robert Guttman
A 1950s wave of experimental VTOL aircraft proved to be a dead end.

Ambush by the China Blitzers
By Steve Blake
Residents of Nanning were so thrilled to see the Japanese defeated in a 1944 air battle that they honored American P-40 pilots with a parade.

The Truth About Rotaries
By Drew Ames
We separate fact from fiction in the history and operation of rotary engines.

DEPARTMENTS  

Mailbag

Briefing

Extremes
By E.R. Johnson
Amphibian scouts lose the battle for a berth.

Restored
By George Furukawa
Pearl Harbor museum rebuilds an F-86 Sabre.

 

Aviators
By Don Bedwell
Pilot-adventurer Jimmie Angel sought a “river of gold.”

Letter From Aviation History

Reviews

Flight Test
By Jon Guttman

Aero Poster

ONLINE EXTRAS

Discussion:

From ugly airplanes to tail-sitting VTOL prototypes, this issue features a fascinating collection of strange flying machines. What’s your pick for the most bizarre aircraft ever to get airborne? Click here to share your comments.

 

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