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  • Aviation History Magazine

    New Mossie Shapes Up

    Among the rarest classic airplanes are those made of wood, for they suffer grievously if left to absorb water and rot over years of imperfect storage. Rarer still—in this case the plywood de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bomber—are those...

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    The Udvar-Hazy Center’s Seiran

    The sole surviving Aichi M6A1 floatplane bomber has been restored to fighting trim. The only remaining example of an Aichi M6A1 Seiran floatplane, part of Japan’s audacious plan to launch bombers against U.S. coastal cities and the...

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    Polish Fighter’s Odyssey

    Formerly a Nazi war trophy, a rare PZL P.11c is now the crown jewel in Krakow’s Polish Aviation Museum. When Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, one of its key objectives was to annihilate the Polish air force. One reason the...

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    Aviation History Briefing- July 2008

    The Oldest Herk The U.S. Marines traditionally get the short end of the stick when it comes to aircraft. Their planes are often old and outmoded, or variants that the Navy isn’t quite sure what to do with. So it should come as no...

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    Champaign Lady

    The restoration of a rare B-17G test-bed is a family affair. At first glance the hangar at Grimes Field outside Urbana, Ohio, seems like a typical repair facility, but inside it’s reminiscent of a World War II aircraft factory. And just...

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    P-61 Returns From the Jungle

    The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s rare Black Widow will fly again. Thanks to the dedication of a father and son team, a Northrop P-61B Black Widow that crashed in New Guinea is nearing the final phase of restoration at the Mid-Atlantic Air...

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    Maid in the Shade

    After nearly three decades of restoration work, a B-25 World War II veteran will soon take to the air once again. Nobody takes on a major aircraft restoration project with the notion it will be quick or easy. But for the workers involved...

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    Wild Sow Penned

    A newly reconstructed Me-109G-14 takes its place alongside other historic aircraft at the National World War II Museum. An engine cowling is not the most substantial part on which to base a restoration. But for Wolfgang Falch of Sandy Air...

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    Constellation Restoration

    Lufthansa is spending millions to return a Lockheed L-1649A Starliner—considered the ultimate ‘Connie’—to flying status. While U.S. airlines demand your spare change if you want a cup of instant coffee, sell everything from pillows...

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    Nebraska’s RF-4C Phantom II Restored

    The Nebraska Air National Guard reclaims an RF-4C, preserving its own history. For many of the men in the Nebraska Air National Guard who flew the McDonnell Douglas RF-4C, the Phantom remains the source of lasting memories. The Cornhusker...

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    Twin Amphibians

    A father-son team spent nearly two decades restoring a pair of Grumman Widgeons, with award-winning results. Rebuilding a 64-year-old amphibious airplane is a monumental undertaking, but taking on two such projects requires serious—some...

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    Aviation History Briefing- September 2010

    B-25s Gather at Doolittle Raiders Reunion On April 18, 68 years after the Doolittle Raiders flew their historic bombing mission over Japan, 17 North American B-25 Mitchells—probably the largest such gathering since World War II—took...

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    Travel Air 2000 Reborn

    Ottawa restorers breathe new life into a dismembered 1929 ‘Wichita Fokker’. The Travel Air 2000 was the brain child of aviation giants Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman, founders of the Travel Air Manufacturing Company in...

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    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...