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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Saving a Whale

    A team of U.S. Navy retirees rescues an abandoned Douglas Skywarrior—and finds it a new home. Th 40 years on an abandoned runway at Edwards Air Force Base, visited only by rattlesnakes, souvenir hunters and e A-3A Skywarrior sat grounded...

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    Aviation History Briefing- January 2012

    Cook Cleland’s Race 74 Returns Cook Cleland was a well-known Navy pilot, an ace who flew in both World War II and Korea. But he was better known as an air racer, winning both the 1947 and ’49 Thompson Trophy races back when the...

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    Aviation History Briefing- March 2012

    Shturmovik Rebuilt Under the Radar Nearly unnoticed in the West, several Russian firms have been doing world-class warbird restorations. The most recent phoenix to launch skyward from such a workshop is the world’s only airworthy...

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    Marine Chopper Salvage

    The first Marine Corps transport helicopter squadron introduced new tactics in Korea—and took field modifications to new heights. Just seven months after being commissioned, the first U.S. Marines Corps transport helicopter squadron,...

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    Lone Star Rex

    You’ll have to visit Texas to see the only restored Kawanishi N1K1 floatplane currently on display. The center of Texas’ Hill Country seems like an unlikely place to find one of the rarest World War II aircraft, a Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu....

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    Aviation History Briefing- May 2012

    Mosquito to Buzz Again The current holy grail of warbird restoration is an airworthy de Havilland Mosquito, one of the very last of the major World War II types not represented by a flying restoration or accurate replica. Mosquitos were...

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    Triple-D Dragon

    A touch of royal elegance graces the skies over Virginia Beach. On March 21, 2010, a blue and red de Havilland D.H.89A Dragon Rapide, piloted by Dave Phillips,  took to the sky from Ardmore Airport near Auckland, New Zealand....

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    SAC Superfort Survivor

    A long-neglected B-29 takes center stage at Nebraska’s Strategic Air and Space Museum. After more than five years of painstaking work, the Strategic Air and Space Museum’s Boeing TB-29B has at last found a permanent home out of the...

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    Aviation History Briefing- November 2012

    Historic Heinkel Recovered On June 12, one of the best-preserved and least damaged of all World War II aircraft recovered from underwater, a Heinkel He-115B twin-engine floatplane, was gently brought to the surface of a Norwegian fjord...

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    Mustang by Another Name

    The Collings Foundation has returned a rare North American A-36 dive bomber to flying status. Thanks to a surfeit of renovated, rebuilt, restored, repackaged, replicated and reinvented P-51D Mustangs and the resultant Nose Syndrome...

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    Sentinel Soars Once More

    A father-and-son team spent eight years piecing together a ground-looped Stinson L-5E. “It was a great day. Just a beautiful morning. It had rained earlier but cleared by 10:30. No crosswind.”That’s how Marty Stickford Jr....

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    Aviation History Briefing- March 2013

    F3F Biplane Barrels Back Grumman F3Fs would have been iconic fighters if only because of the vivid colors that graced every one— bands, chevrons, cowlings and panels of red, blue, green, white and yellow. Most definitely yellow. The...

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    Treasure From the Raj

    Discovered in an elephant barn in India, two World War I bombers have been brought back to life in the UK. In the 21st century, finding a long-undiscovered World War I airplane in a barn is more than a rarity; it’s a near impossibility....

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    Book Review: Hidden Warriors

    Hidden Warriors: The Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering and Rebuilding WWII’s Lost Aircraft by Nicholas A. Veronico, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2013, $30 While the rest of us savor static displays and airshow performances, Nick...

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    Sea Spitfire Soars

    Wes Stricker’s beautifully restored Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV should soon be joined by another, doubling the number of airworthy examples. In 2010, after four years and 8,000 man- hours of work, Jim Cooper finished restoring a...

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    Restored: Diving into the Past

    Even riding in the back seat, the view from an SBD as it plummets to earth is unforgettable. One of World War II’s most significant airplanes, the Douglas SBD Dauntless was a major factor enabling the U.S. Navy to turn the tide of the...