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Letters to Aviation History – September 2015

Blue Max Fans After all these years, it was really great reading about how The Blue Max was made. I loved the movie the first time I saw it, I loved Jack D. Hunter’s book, I loved seeing the movie again...

In the Mustang’s Wake

The P-51 Mustang was fast. Historian Ray Wagner called its last iteration, the 490-mph P-51H, “probably the fastest prop-driven plane actually used in wartime.” The cautious “probably” and “actually...
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Build a Heinkel He-111 Bomber Model

Instructions for painting and assembling a Heinkel He-111 WW2 German bomber, using Revell and Monogram’s 1 / 48th-scale Heinkel He-111 kit.
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Bata Lockheed Electra

Many of us assume that corporate flying was developed by Texas oil barons and Midwestern entrepreneurs during the 1930s, but it was a Czech shoe company, Bata, that pioneered a particularly productive form...
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Drones vs. Poachers

Poachers are killing so many elephants and rhinos in Africa that biologists predict both species may soon be extinct without massive intervention. According to the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh...
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Savannah’s Flying Fortress

They called it the Mighty Eighth—the Eighth Air Force, the most effective bomber force of World War II. Though “thousand-plane raids” are bruited as the criterion of aerial enormity, at its peak the...
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Making ‘The Blue Max’

Filmed 50 years ago, long before the advent of CGI, "The Blue Max" required two air forces built from scratch.