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    Custer’s Channel Wing

    The inventor knew only frustration and failure, but his unusual wing design might yet succeed. Like many unique design concepts, the channel wing was the product of one man’s vision and persistence. Willard Custer, a great-grand nephew...

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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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    Spirit of Texas: Mission Accomplished

    Ross Perot Jr. was just 23 when he set out on a bold venture: to circumnavigate the world in a helicopter. He had only a year of flying under his belt at the time. Fortunately for him, his father, the well-known Texas business magnate and...

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    Aviation History Briefing- July 2009

    Barn Cub Found Every collector’s dream is to come across a “barn find,” though often the discovery doesn’t involve a barn. It can be a Merlin engine spotted in a junkyard, a decrepit Stearman parked in a field, Spad wings stored in...

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    Aviation History Book Review: IL-2 Shturmovik Guards

    IL-2 Shturmovik Guards Units of World War 2 by Oleg Rastrenin, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2008, $22.95. World War II’s most-produced warplane, with 36,152 built, the Ilyushin Il-2 was also the first successful armored attack...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Luftwaffe Colours

    Luftwaffe Colours, 1935-1945 by Michael Ullmann, Hikoki Publications, Manchester, UK, 2008, $59.95. Books dealing with German aircraft camouflage and markings are a significant slice of the aviation history publishing industry. It seems...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Secret Pusher Fighters

    American Secret Pusher Fighters of World War II: XP-54, XP-55, AND XP-56 by Gerald H. Balzer, Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2008, $39.95. Veteran aviation historian Gerald H. Balzer chose three of World War II’s most fascinating...

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    First Blood in Korean Skies

    In a brief but eventful combat career, the F-82 Twin Mustang proved its worth over Korea. By early 1945 it seemed obvious to the Allies that Japan would never surrender and the only way to achieve total victory in the Pacific War was by...

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    Two Electras in Search of Howland Island

    Thirty years after Amelia Earhart vanish, another woman flier set out to retrace her unfinished journey. The Lockheed Model 10 Electra circled above the vast Pacific, its crew members straining their eyes in search of a small island, just...

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    The Magnificent Merlin

    The course of World War II would have been very different without Rolls-Royce’s immortal engine. The British Overseas Airways Corporation flight from Stockholm, Sweden, landed at an airfield in Leuchars, northern Scotland, one of several...

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    Barling Bomber

    Cost overruns and poor performance doomed the experimental strategic bomber, but it helped point the way to the future. To some it was the “Magnificent Leviathan,” to others “Mitchell’s Folly.” Its detractors considered the giant...

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    Corsair! The Award-Winning Painting

    American Society of Aviation Artists 2008 Award of Distinction winner. The clean, distinctive lines of Jack Fellows’ award- winning painting are indicative of his careful research and close attention to detail and accuracy. That...

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    Recce Phantom 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 Phan – tom remains the source of lasting memories. The...

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    Aviation History Briefing- September 2009

    Scrapyard Spitfire There are more Spitfires flying today than have been airworthy since the early 1950s: at least 50, some sources say, with as many as 150 more in various stages of rebuilding and modification all over the world. Though...

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    Aviation History Review: DCS- Black Shark

    Can a flight sim offer too much detail, even for dedicated players? If it seems like it’s been a while since a meaty technical helicopter simulation hit the shelves, that’s because it has been. Deep simulations like Jane’s AH64...

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    Off to Oz- Adventurous Aviators

    It wasn’t long after Kitty Hawk that intrepid birdmen sought to overcome the challenges imposed by large bodies of water, beginning with Louis Blériot’s English Channel crossing in 1909. Before World War I, bold aviators had already...