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    Outgunned: An Me-109 pilot acknowledges defeat

    August 31, 1940, proved to be Lieutenant Wilhelm “Willy” Fronhofer’s unlucky day. During a cross-Channel raid, a British fighter got on his tail and blasted away with its eight .303 Browning machine guns at his Messerschmitt Me-109....

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    Labor of Love

    How an unusual eBay offering led to the experience of a lifetime. Will never forget the moment for the rest of my life. It was about 9 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2006, and I was sitting at my computer in my office when I clicked on a link...

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    Aviation History Briefing- May 2007

    American MiGs It wasn’t exactly a closely guarded secret, but last November the U.S. Air Force for the first time acknowledged that it flew Communist-built fighters at the Tonopah Test Range northwest of Las Vegas, Nev., from 1977 to...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Aviation Century- War & Peace in the Air

    Aviation Century: War & Peace in the Air by Ron Dick and Dan Patterson, Boston Mills Press, Ontario, Canada, 2006, $49.95. This, the fifth and last volume in an extraordinary series, measures up in every way to its four predecessors...

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    Aviation History Review: Silent Wings

    Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of WWII DVD, narrated by Hal Holbrook, 2007, $24.95. Hard though it may be to believe that there is any specialized field within the U.S. military whose contribution to victory in World War II has...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Concorde

    Concorde by Frederic Beniada and Michel Fraile, Zenith Press, St. Paul, Minn., 2006, $60. The name Concorde immediately conjures up mental images of the sleek, arrowlike Air France–British Airways supersonic transport that represented...

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    The Pou du Ciel

    History’s first homebuilt entrepreneur named his aircraft after an insect. By the mid-1920s aviation was no longer solely the province of the professional. The man (and woman) on the street desperately wanted to get in on it....

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    Mustang Mission to Achmer

    Bob McCandless witnessed a double Me-262 kill before his P-51 was shot down in flames over enemy territory. Two yellow-nosed North American P-51 Mustangs started their dive from 15,000 feet and were doing 450 miles per hour when they...

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    The Lindbergh Line

    Convinced the public was ready for air travel, “Lucky Lindy” launched an innovative air-and-rail service. At the tender age of 4, Gore Vidal flew on Transcontinental Air Transport’s inaugural cross-country flight in the summer of...

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    Eyes of the Fleet

    David Quinlan pays tribute to his Pearl Harbor veteran father. Right before 0800 hours on December 7, 1941, Boatswains Mate John J. Quinlan had just finished putting on his uniform before attending Sunday Mass when he heard explosions and...

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    Last of the Tomahawks

    A patched-up P-40B soldiered on at Bataan. Both before and during World War II, the Curtiss-Wright Airplane Company manufactured three versions of its P-40. The first, the B-model, called the Tomahawk by the British who flew it in North...

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    BQM-34A Firebee

    The Combat Air Museum’s restoration stands out after decades of obscurity. Dick Trupp passing by the plane many times as he and his wife traveled north from Topeka, Kansas, to visit relatives in Nebraska. Trupp, the wing commander of the...

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    Aviation History Briefing- July 2007

    The Day the Music Died If you’ve seen the film La Bamba or heard the Don McLean song “American  Pie” (“something touched me deep inside/the day the music died”), you know at least a little bit about the airplane accident...

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    Whirlwind Over Vietnam

    This budget simulation lands players in-country, armed with guns and rockets. The experience of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, in 1965 in Vietnam’s Ia Drang Valley is different  from what many civilians who have seen...

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    Latin American Air Wars and Aircraft 1912-1969

    Latin American Air Wars and Aircraft 1912-1969 by Dan Hagedorn, Hikoki Publications, East Sussex, England, 2006, $59.95. Dan Hagedorn, curator for Latin American Aviation at the National Air and Space Museum, spent more than 15 years...

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    Hall’s Aluminum Wonders

    Achieving maximum strength at minimum weight. During the Golden Age of flight, many new aviation firms sprang up. By far the greater percentage failed within their first few years. The reasons vary. In some instances, the whole company was...