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    Saving a Whale

    A team of U.S. Navy retirees rescues an abandoned Douglas Skywarrior—and finds it a new home. Th 40 years on an abandoned runway at Edwards Air Force Base, visited only by rattlesnakes, souvenir hunters and e A-3A Skywarrior sat grounded...

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    Project Tip-Tow

    The “floating wingtip” concept led to Cold War experiments that had pilots tip-towing on the verge of disaster. The history of aviation is full of ideas that seemed ingenious when first pro- posed but failed in practice. These notions...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Story of the Republic XR-12 Rainbow

    World’s Fastest Four-Engine Piston-Powered Aircraft: Story of the Republic XR-12 Rainbow by Mike Machat, Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2011, $32.95 Artist, publisher and author Mike Machat actually offers two books in one here....

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    Aviation History Book Review: Airline of the Jet Age

    Airline of the Jet Age: A History by R.E.G. Davies, Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington, D.C., 2011, $99.95 Many words describe this book, including encyclopedic, impressive, indispensible and groundbreaking. But sadly, the...

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    Meatboxes Versus Doodlebugs

    Although Britain’s first operational jet never mixed it up with the Messerschmitt Me-262, the Gloster Meteor did take on a dangerous jet-powered opponent. The first two confrontations between the jet-propelled aircraft of opposing air...

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    Modest Mal

    For airline pilot Mal Freeburg, handling in-flight emergencies was all in a day’s work. The bad news traveled fast on a beautiful afternoon at St. Paul’s Municipal Airport in April 1932. Sitting in Northwest Airway’s Minnesota...

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    Bent-Wing Phoenix

    Jim Tobul’s prize-winning F4U Corsair Korean War Veteran has beat the odds—twice. All too few warbirds are rescued from the scrap heap, carefully restored and returned to the air. Even fewer get rebuilt a second time after a crash. Jim...

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    Heinkel’s Jet Test-Bed

    The world’s first jet-propelled aircraft was actually a jury-rigged prop plane. There have been several claimants to the distinction of being the first jet- propelled airplane—including the Caproni Campini N.1 and Heinkel He-178—but...

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    Aviation History Briefing- March 2012

    Shturmovik Rebuilt Under the Radar Nearly unnoticed in the West, several Russian firms have been doing world-class warbird restorations. The most recent phoenix to launch skyward from such a workshop is the world’s only airworthy...

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    Aviation History Review: Airline Tycoon 2

    Wannabe aviation entrepreneurs confront real-world economic realities. Today the airline business is tougher than ever following a decade-long siege of security concerns, a struggling economy and major consolidations. Little of this drama...

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    Aviation History Book Review: AV-8B Harrier II Units

    AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm by Lon Nordeen, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2011, $22.95 This book is long overdue for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the controversy that has hovered...

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    Aviation History Book Review: The Wright Story

    The Wright Story: The True Story of the Wright Brothers’ Contribution to Early Aviation by Joe Bullmer, BookSurge, Charleston, S.C., 2009, $19.95 “There are often very fine lines between perseverance and stubbornness, confidence and...

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    The Marines Take Wing

    A century ago, a lone U.S. Marine Corps aviator planted the seeds of a proud tradition. By the end of 1908, events in Europe were alarming even casual observers around the world. First the German government authorized the construction of...

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    Fokker’s Fabulous Flying Coffin

    The D.VII’s introduction on the Western Front shocked the Allies and boosted German morale. Germany’s Fokker D.VII embodied all the characteristics considered most important for a successful fighter aircraft during World War I, and...

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    Saving General Patch

    An L-5 pilot transporting a VIP over Germany used all his skills to elude an Me-109. Technical Sergeant Robert F. Stretton Jr.’s logbook entry for April 18, 1945, simply records that he flew an Army Stinson L-5 from Kitzingen to...

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    Lone Star Rex

    You’ll have to visit Texas to see the only restored Kawanishi N1K1 floatplane currently on display. The center of Texas’ Hill Country seems like an unlikely place to find one of the rarest World War II aircraft, a Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu....