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    Aviation History Book Review: X-Planes of Europe

    X-Planes of Europe: Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1946-1974 by Tony Buttler and Jean-Louis Delezenne, Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2012, $56.95. It’s rare when a reference book can also be a guilty pleasure....

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    Aviation History Book Review: The Star of Africa

    The Star of Africa: The Story of Hans Marseille  by Colin D. Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2012, $30.  Though he died on September 30, 1942, the victim of a new Me-109G’s bad engine rather than...

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    Fox Two!

    The heatseeking AIM-9 Sidewinder went from a laboratory exercise to the preeminent air combat weapon of the jet age. The Cold War flared hot on August 23, 1958, when Communist China bombarded Matsu and Quemoy, islands of the Nationalist...

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    Front-Row Seat to History

    A U.S. Army Chinook pilot looks back on her service in the First Gulf War. Captain Victoria Calhoun sat on the “ass end” of her CH-47D Chinook helicopter—parked nose to tail with Alpha Company’s other 15 chop- pers. The night was...

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    Flight of the River Phoenix

    After a flying boat made a forced landing in Africa, a comedy of errors kept it jungle-bound for 10 long months. Hard to know which is worse: running out of gas over water in a landplane or doing it in a flying boat over a jungle, but in...

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    Recycling the Visionaries

    NASA validates the genius of unsung pioneers from the past in some of its latest, most futuristic projects. The aviation industry has always attracted brilliant designers. While visionaries like Kelly Johnson, Ed Heinemann, Willis Hawkins...

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    The Lone Eagle’s War

    Despite his early opposition to American involvement in World War II, Charles Lindbergh made a significant contribution to Allied victory. At 9:38 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 1944, a heavily loaded Douglas R4D took off from Naval Air Station...

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    Remembering Wally

    Before he became one of the Mercury Seven, irreverent astronaut Walter Schirra cut his teeth flying Navy fighters. Captain Walter M. Schirra Jr. was best known to the public as the fun-loving prankster of and when he died in May 2007 he...

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    Sentinel Soars Once More

    A father-and-son team spent eight years piecing together a ground-looped Stinson L-5E. “It was a great day. Just a beautiful morning. It had rained earlier but cleared by 10:30. No crosswind.”That’s how Marty Stickford Jr....

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    Flying Heel Lift

    During the interwar years, a Midwestern podiatrist designed one of the most radical aircraft ever to take wing. By the 1920s, the basic configuration of the airplane as we know it today was pretty much settled: an elongated fuselage with...

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    Aviation History Briefing- March 2013

    F3F Biplane Barrels Back Grumman F3Fs would have been iconic fighters if only because of the vivid colors that graced every one— bands, chevrons, cowlings and panels of red, blue, green, white and yellow. Most definitely yellow. The...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    More Than Just a Prop

    The versatile Skyraider flew missions that no jet could. Three and a half months after the first American combat troops, two battalions of Marines, waded ashore without resistance at Da Nang, U.S. Air Force jet pilots learned they...

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    Pacific War Action

    Mission variety adds spice to both Pacific Carriers and Dogfight 1942. Fans of Pacific War air combat sims have plenty of options these days, as several titles are now available from Steam (steampowered.com), two of  which are...

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    Aviation History Review: Test Pilot

    Test Pilot by Jimmy Collins He never was as famous as Doolittle, the other test pilot Jimmy, or as well-known as the flashy air racers of the 1930s, the Roscoe Turners and Speed Holmans. Just a working stiff who got by while hopping from...

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    Aviation History DVD Review: Whittle

    Whittle: The Jet Pioneer Shelter Island, 77 minutes plus extras, 2012, $24.98. In many ways this is the best and most comprehensive account of the turbojet aircraft engine’s development and the race with Germany to put the first jet...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Operation Storm

    Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Their Plan to Change the Course of World War II by John J. Geoghegan, Crown Publishing Group, New York, 2013, $39.95. Early in 1942, Warner Brothers released Across the Pacific, a film...