Table of Contents – September 2010 Aviation History

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‘Be Quick, Be Quiet and Be on Time’
By Stephan Wilkinson
Kelly Johnson’s hands-on engineering resulted in some of the most innovative airplanes to emerge from Lockheed’s Skunk Works.

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet
By Warren E. Thompson
A former SR-71 Blackbird pilot remembers his scorching sprint from London to L.A.

The Day Hitler Got Cold Feet
By C.G. Sweeting
Having a personal pilot and fleet of airplanes couldn’t guarantee the Führer a comfy ride.

Visions of Flight
By Kirk W. House
Early Curtiss advertisements wooed the flying public with color and great style.

Eyes of the Army
By Roy Teifeld, as told to Bernice Crown Teifeld
The 10th Photo Reconnaissance Group provided vital images of Normandy before D-Day.

All in the Game
By Derek O’Connor
An RAF crew set out to circumnavigate the globe in a Vickers amphibian in 1924.




By Roy Stevenson
A rare 1917 Curtiss JN-4D Jenny flies again

By Mark Wolverton
North American’s would-be Mach 3 interceptor


By Willy Logan
Lockheed test pilot Stanley Beltz lived fast and died young

Letter From Aviation History


Flight Test
By Jon Guttman

Aero Poster



Lockheed designer Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson was responsible for some of the most innovative airplanes ever produced. What do you think accounts for his phenomenal success? Click here to share your comments.



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