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    Restored: Northrop’s Norwegian Seaplane

    Built to defend Norway’s fjords, the N-3PB ended up flying maritime missions out of Iceland after the Nazi invasion. The Northrop Aircraft Company is best known today for its radical flying wing designs, including the B-35 and B-49...

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    Aviation History Briefing- January 2011

    Helldiver Recovered in California Though 6,299 Helldivers were manufactured by U.S. and Canadian factories, the Curtiss SB2C is today one of the rarest of all major U.S. aircraft types to see combat during World War II. Only the Vought...

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    Restored: Pima’s Peacemaker

    Transporting and restoring a mammoth B-36J called for special equipment—and ingenuity. It Air and Space Museum’s newly restored Convair B-36J dominates the 80-acre outdoor display area. In fact, its nearly 47- ’s no exaggeration to...

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    Restored: Pearl Harbor Sabre

    Korean War rivals face off in the Pacific Aviation Museum’s new MiG Alley exhibit. In the opening round of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese dive bombers hit Ford Island Naval Air Station, in the harbor’s...

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    Aviation History Book Review: AMARG

    AMARG: America’s Military Aircraft Boneyard by Nicholas A. Veronico and Ron Strong, Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2010, $24.95.  The sight of more than 4,000 military aircraft at parade rest in Arizona’s desert is...

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    The Boneyard of AMARG

    The world’s second-largest air force stretches wing to wing across four square miles of Arizona desert. Aged fighters, bombers and support aircraft—many of them decades old—stand in neat rows as far as the eye can see. Warm winds...

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    Restored: Corky’s Avenger

    A legendary test pilot brings a long-abandoned TBM back to life. Restoring a World War II aircraft is such a major undertaking that few but fanatical hobbyists or professional mechanics are willing to take it  on. Pilot Corwin H....

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    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...