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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: Area 51 Black Jets

    Area 51 Black Jets: A History of the Aircraft Developed at Groom Lake, America’s Secret Aviation Base by Bill Yenne, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2014, $40 Don’t look for little green men from another planet between these covers....

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    Book Reviews: Birdmen, by Lawrence Goldstone

    Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss and the Battle to Control the Skies by Lawrence Goldstone, St. Martin’s Press, N.Y., 2014, $28 Unless you’re already an expert on the litigious era of early flying, when lawsuits were far...

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    The First Ground-Pounders

    During World War I, Germany made a notable contribution toward the development of tactical air support for its armies struggling on the Western Front. By the close of 1914, the French, British and German armies on the Western Front had...

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    The First Shturmovik

    The Germans beat the Russians in developing a ground-attack airplane—by an entire war. During World War I, few combat assignments were as dangerous and as disliked by aircrews as ground-attack missions. Strafing was certainly terrifying...

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    Restored: Diving into the Past

    Even riding in the back seat, the view from an SBD as it plummets to earth is unforgettable. One of World War II’s most significant airplanes, the Douglas SBD Dauntless was a major factor enabling the U.S. Navy to turn the tide of the...

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    Heinemann’s Hot Rod

    In a world where the focus seems to shift daily from one technological wonder to another, the value of solid engineering—a design well thought-out and well executed—is too often overlooked. This is as true in jet aviation as it is...

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    Book Review: Spitfire, Merlin Variant

    Spitfire, Merlin Variant  by Ron Mackay, Squadron Signal, Carrollton, Texas, 2013, $18.95  There is a little of the aeronautical engineer in nearly all of us who have caught the “aviation bug.” We marvel at the design, the details...

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    Build a Lockheed U-2

    Models of the Lockheed U-2 spy plane are as scarce as available details of the actual aircraft. In 1962 Hawk Model Company produced a 1/48th-scale U-2 kit that was crude by today’s standards. During the 1970s Testors acquired the Hawk...

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    Lawson’s Leviathan: L-4 passenger biplane

    The innovative L-4 passenger biplane turned out to be too underpowered to fulfill its eccentric inventor’s ambitious plans. Alfred W. Lawson was a dreamer, an aviation visionary whose ideas about passenger-carrying trans- ports were...

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    Book Review: Curtiss Ascender XP-55

    Curtiss Ascender XP-55  by Gerry Balzer, Ginter Books, Simi Valley, Calif., 2014, $24.95  War is urgent. Yet amid history’s ghastliest conflict both sides found the leisure to evaluate unorthodox flying machines, in full knowledge that...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: Images of Aviation Series

     Images of Aviation Series  Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, S.C., $21.99  This roundup covers several new books by a company busy creating an invaluable niche aviation book market. Arcadia Publishing accomplishes this via subjects...

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    Winged Warhorse: Breguet 14

    The Breguet 14 wasn’t World War I’s fastest, most maneuverable or best-looking biplane, but it soldiered on long after more iconic aircraft had disappeared. To the untrained eye, World War I biplanes—essentially collections of wood,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Build ‘Pips’ Priller’s FW-190D-9

    Tamiya’s Focke Wulf Fw-190D-9 is an inexpensive, simple-to-assemble 1/48th-scale German World War II fighter. Though some claim the wings are incorrect, it builds into an attractive model with few problems. Begin by painting the cockpit...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Tale of a Rare Travel Air

    After decades of neglect, a restored Travel Air 5000 transport serves as a reminder of one man’s campaign to bring airline service to North Texas. Nearly 80 years after it first flew, the sole Travel Air transport known to exist has been...

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    The Fastest Phantom: An American-Israeli Program Modifies the F-4

    On November 6, 1971, a MiG-25R “Fox the Soviet Union’s 63rd Independent Air Detachment rolled out bat” reconnaissance plane from -of its hardened shelter at an air base near Cairo. In the cockpit was one of a group of men designated...

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    Apollo’s Stallions

    Half a century after it first flew, the amazing Rocketdyne F-1 remains the most powerful engine ever created One of the defining images of the 20th century is of Apollo 11 ascending on a pillar of incandescent fire from Pad 39A at Kennedy...