Table of Contents – November 2011 Aviation History

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Old-Fashioned Turkey Shoot
By John W. Lambert
U.S. Navy pilots virtually annihilated Japan’s carrier aviation force during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea.

A Life on the Cutting Edge
By Anthony Brandt
Visionary designer Sherman Fairchild pursued a lifelong passion for the new and revolutionary.

American Eagle
By Richard P. Hallion
How the late, great Johnny Alison became a U.S. Air Force icon.

Workhorse of the Fleet
By E.R. Johnson
Vought’s OS2U Kingfisher served in multiple roles, but excelled in saving lives.

Colorful Characters in the Cockpit
By Scott M. Fisher
Aerial adventure novels of the early 20th century inspired kids to look to the skies.

Postcards From Oshkosh
A snapshot of this summer’s well-attended celebration of all things aviation at EAA AirVenture.




By Stephan Wilkinson
Giant Soviet ekranoplans never quite got off the ground—or water

By Russ Albertson
Test pilot Corky Meyer brought a derelict TBM back to life 

By Jon Guttman
American Frank Baylies became a French squadron’s top gun of 1918

Letter From Aviation History


Flight Test
By Jon Guttman

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