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    The Making of a War Hero

    Before he gained fame in America as an airplane designer and air power advocate, Alexander de Seversky made a name for himself as Russia’s leading World War I naval ace. Alexander P. de Seversky is best remembered today for building the...

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    Rescue at 32,000 Feet

    How do you get the pilot of a single-seat fighter down from altitude if he’s unconscious? For the men of the U.S. Air Force’s 154th Fighter Bomber Squadron, November 16, 1951, started out just like any other day at a forward com- bat...

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    Return to Gordisa

    In his twilight years, a WWII tail-gunner relives the perils of his youth and takes home a powerful memento. Secured in his tail-gunner position at the rear of a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, 20-year-old Sergeant Francis J. Lashinsky was...

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    Designer-Pilot Kurt Tank

    Though best known as a designer of airplanes, particularly the lethal Focke-Wulf Fw-190, Tank never lost sight of his pilot roots. Along with the Griffon-engine Spitfire Mk. XVI, the Hawker Tempest V and the Dornier Do-335—not to mention...

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    Caproni Flying Barrel

    Luigi Stipa claimed his ‘intubed propeller’ was the ancestor of the jet engine. Even in an era when aircraft designers experimented with every conceivable shape and size, the prototype designed by Italian engineer Luigi Stipa and built...

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    A Bomber’s First and Last Mission

    Hendon’s recovered Handley-Page Halifax brings new meaning to the phrase ‘battle trim’ Visitors to London’s Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon may notice that, unlike the other lovingly preserved aircraft on display, one museum...

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    Biplanes vs. Battleships: Channel Dash Disaster

    On a February morning 68 years ago, 18 members of British No. 825 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, took off in six Fairey Swordfish on what amounted to a suicide mission. Their assignment: to torpedo a German flotilla in transit from France to...

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    Aviation History Briefing- March 2010

    Hawaiian Airlines Bellanca The Bellanca Pacemaker was one of the first of the great North Country single-engine utility airplanes, a tradition continued by the Noorduyn Norseman, de Havilland Beaver and various Fairchilds and Fokkers. Many...

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    Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm

    Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm  by Lt. Col. Braxton “Brick” Eisel and James A. Schreiner, Pen and Sword Books Ltd., England, 2009, $50.  When Francis Gary Powers’ Lockheed U-2 spy plane was shot down by a Soviet...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Gunships

    Gunships: The Story of Spooky, Shadow, Stinger and Spectre by Wayne Mutza, Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2009, $34.95. Wayne Mutza writes for the expert as well as the casual reader. His latest effort, Gunships, is loaded with...

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    A Showman Takes the Lead

    Perhaps no other pilot personifies the carefree days of aviation’s Golden Age better than Roscoe Turner. During the 1920s and ’30s—when aviators routinely risked their lives wing-walking, racing, breaking records and pushing the...

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    Twin-Boom Boondoggle

    The Hughes D-2 went up in flames before the Army Air Forces even had an opportunity to test it. Howard Hughes’ obsession with record-breaking is well documented. Everything we know about the eccentric multimillionaire suggests that,...

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    Scratch-Built Peashooter

    After a decade of dedicated effort, the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s P-26A reproduction is nearing completion. Amid the din of pounding rivet guns, skilled workmen are busy building a cutting-edge fighter—cutting-edge for 1933,...

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    Aviation History Briefing- May 2010

    BABY P-38 Texan Jim O’Hara learned to fly when he was 62, an age that most student pilots would assume was on short final to geezer-dom. Yet just four years later, O’Hara, a retired Tulane University aeronautical engineering professor,...

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    Wings of Prey

    A flexible combat simulation puts you in the driver’s seat of 40 historic warbirds. Combat flight sims typically focus on a particular aircraft or a set of planes common to a theater. Wings of Prey ($50, requires Microsoft Windows...

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    Aircraft of the Western Front

    SPAD XIII vs FOKKER D VII: Western Front 1918      SE 5A vs ALBATROS D V: Western Front 1917-18 by Jon Guttman, Osprey, Colchester, England, 2009, $17.95. Jon Guttman parlays his knowledge of World War I aviation with...