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    Fokker’s Fünfdecker

    With the V8, Anthony Fokker pursued a questionable concept into extreme territory. “Fokker is still the old Fokker,” wrote Lieutenant Rudolf Stark after seeing Fokker D.VII and E.V fighters on August 24, 1918, “for every new machine...

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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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    Aviation History Letters from Readers- July 2008

    Seiran Engine Surfaces I was delighted to see the article in your May issue about the Japanese subs that carried Aichi M6A1 Seiran floatplanes (“Japan’s Panama Canal Buster,” by John Geoghegan). A few years ago, my organization...

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    WarBirds 2008

    The classic online sim still delivers after a decade. Even though WarBirds is more than 10 years old, this dedicated online flight sim still enjoys a committed following. Updated nearly nonstop since its debut, it continues to gain new...

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    Aviation History Book Review: X-15

    X-15: Extending the Frontiers of Flight by Dennis R. Jenkins, NASA, available for free download, 2007. It is usually unwise to call a book “definitive” because you never know what is waiting at the publishers, but I can say...

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    Aviation History Book Review: U.S. Naval Air Superiority

    U.S. Naval Air Superiority: Development of Shipborne Jet Fighters 1943-1962 by Tommy H. Thomason, Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2007, $44.95. Far-reaching, well organized and wonderfully detailed is the way I would describe Tommy...

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    A Date With Doolittle

    Its mission accomplished, a B-25 heads west to safer skies. For his fourth painting in a series depicting the famous Doolittle Raiders, artist William Phillips chose to show a solitary North American B-25B after it had completed its...

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    Arado 234: Archetype of Jet-Powered Bombers

    No one at the Westphalia airfield outside Munster on July 30, 1943, knew just how important the flight they witnessed would be to the future of military aviation. That day marked the beginning of a cascade of events that would lead to the...

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    The Road Not Taken

    Although many designers have tried to build a practical flying car, the idea never took off. Traffic is one of the banes of modern existence. What road- weary commuter has not dreamed of being able to simply fly over gridlocked traffic to...

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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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    The Symphony of Flight

    Octave Chanute conducted from behind the scenes. The letter, dated May 13, 1900, was astonishing in its directness, lacking even the customary salutation. “For some years,” it began, “I have been afflicted with the belief that flight...

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    June Bug Centennial

    Plenty of experiments end in failure, so it’s not surprising very few people actually witnessed the Wright brothers’ Flyer inaugurate the aerial age at Kitty Hawk. In fact, the Wrights didn’t send an account of their flights to the...

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    Aviation History Briefing- September 2008

    The Rocket Racing League Do not bet against entrepreneur Peter Diamandis. Crazy as his ideas might superficially seem, he makes them work. Diamandis’ X-Prize Foundation led to the first successful private-venture spacecraft, Burt...

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    Aviation History Letters from Readers- September 2008

    Tiger Tale Congratulations on the fine Scarsdale Jack story in the July issue. The famous R.T. Smith photo you used in Bob Bergin’s article “Flying Tiger, Burning Bright” shows a five-ship formation. R.T. also took another shot of...

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    Flight sim sites offer a host of add-on options

    It’s always nice to have a good co-pilot. When you’re a flight sim fan, however, good co-pilots can consist of Web sites such as simviation.com, FlightSim.com and AVSIM.com. “Airware” has covered notable Web offerings before, but...