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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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    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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    Supersonic Gamble

    Should the cancellation of America’s SST program be remembered as a mercy killing? Even coming on the heels of his vow to lead the United States to the moon ahead of the Soviets, President John F. Kennedy’s bombshell about building the...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft

    Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft by Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov, Hikoki Publications, Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2011, $56.95 This is a book for the aviation devotee, someone who keeps up on all the current literature...

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    Aviation History Book Review: The Gathering of Mustangs and Legends

    The Gathering of Mustangs and Legends: The Final Roundup edited by Lyn Freeman, photo-edited by Paul Bowen, The Gathering Foundation, Kissimmee, Fla., 2011, $70 September 27 through 30, 2007, saw a unique double reunion at Rickenbacker...

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    A Thousand Miles by Airship

    In 1910 an eccentric newspaperman, his crew and a cat set out from Atlantic City in a dirigible, aiming to make the first transatlantic crossing by air. W alter Wellman is hardly a household name today, but he made a significant...

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    Delta Dreamer

    Artist-engineer Alexander Lippisch conceived more than 50 radical aircraft designs, including the Nazis’ rocket-powered Me-163. Few aircraft configurations are more familiar than the delta wing, which dominated the sky for many years,...

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    Myth of the Zero

    Mitsubishi’s legendary A6M ran circles around opposing fighters early in World War II, but by 1945 its odds of surviving a dogfight were close to zero. Has there ever been a warplane as mythic as the Mitsubishi Zero? Legend, mystery,...

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    Tokyo Bay Coronado

    The National Naval Aviation Museum’s PB2Y made history at the end of the Pacific War. Early on August 28, 1945, two Consolidated PB2Y-5R Coronados lay anchored 100 yards off a Saipan beach, their engines idling. Rear Admiral Forrest P....

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    Juan de la Cierva: Autogiro Genius

    Juan de la Cierva made several pivotal breakthroughs that helped solve the stability and control problems of early rotorcraft. Man dreamed of vertical flight long before Leonardo da Vinci made his famous 1483 sketch of a lifting airscrew...

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    Triple-D Dragon

    A touch of royal elegance graces the skies over Virginia Beach. On March 21, 2010, a blue and red de Havilland D.H.89A Dragon Rapide, piloted by Dave Phillips,  took to the sky from Ardmore Airport near Auckland, New Zealand....

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    Scaling New Heights

    Conceived to combat Germany’s high-altitude bombers, the Westland Welkin arrived on the scene too late to fulfill its mission. Aircraft don’t come much more extreme looking than the Westland Welkin. With its glider-like high-...

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    Aviation History Briefing- September 2012

    Van’s Homebuilt RVs In the 1970s, the aircraft homebuilder’s rock star was Burt Rutan, designer of some of the most unconventional kitplanes aloft— notably the VariEze, Long-EZ and Quickie. Meanwhile, Richard VanGrunsven, a young...

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    Boeing’s Trailblazing P-26 Peashooter

    Boeing’s diminutive P-26 fighter bridged the gap between stick-and-wire biplanes and modern, all-metal monoplane fighters. Ever since Charles Darwin published his Origin of the Species, archaeologists have been obsessed with...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Stealth Fighter

    Stealth Fighter: A Year in the Life of an F-117 Pilot  by Lt. Col. William B. O’Connor, USAF (ret.), Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2012, $30 Few aircraft have captivated Americans like the “Black Jet,” the Lockheed F-117...

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    The World’s Most Beautiful Airplanes

    Where does your favorite land on our top-12 list—or is it up in the air? Everybody has their favorites, and they’re beloved for many different reasons. The B-24 that brought your grandfather home from every mission over Germany might...