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    First Military Aviator

    Jean Marie Coutelle offered generals a bird’s-eye view of the battlefield from his “diabolical contraption” The airplane was barely eight years old in 1911 when Italians flew Blériot XIs and Etrich Taubes on aerial reconnaissance...

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    SAC Superfort Survivor

    A long-neglected B-29 takes center stage at Nebraska’s Strategic Air and Space Museum. After more than five years of painstaking work, the Strategic Air and Space Museum’s Boeing TB-29B has at last found a permanent home out of the...

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    Everyman’s Amphibian

    Percival Spencer’s 1941 Air Car design formed the template for two generations of amphibious lightplanes. For ordinary Americans living through the Great Depression, the notion of privately owning a seaplane—even a small one used for...

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    Aviation History Briefing- November 2012

    Historic Heinkel Recovered On June 12, one of the best-preserved and least damaged of all World War II aircraft recovered from underwater, a Heinkel He-115B twin-engine floatplane, was gently brought to the surface of a Norwegian fjord...

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    Spin Control

    How pioneering pilots learned to escape the death spiral....

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    Screaming Bird of Prey

    Although obsolescent even before World War II began, the Ju-87 Stuka terrorized ground troops and found a late-war niche as a tank-buster. Never has a warplane so obsolete, vulnerable and technologically basic wrought so much damage to its...

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    Pioneering Convertiplane

    Gerard Herrick tried to have the best of both worlds—fixed-wing and rotary-wing—with his HV-2A. The concept of rotary-winged aircraft goes all the way back—on paper, at least—to Leonardo da Vinci, but even after the Wright brothers...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Flying Carpets, Flying Wings

    Flying Carpets, Flying Wings: The Biography of Moye W. Stephens by Barbara H. Schultz, Little Buttes Publishing, Lancaster, Calif., 2012, $24.95. Moye Stephens was emblematic of aviation’s Golden Age, the astonishing technological...

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    Aviation History Book Review: United States Naval Aviation

    United States Naval Aviation, 1919-1941: Aircraft, Airships and Ships Between the Wars by E.R. Johnson, McFarland and Company, Jefferson, N.C., 2011, $45. E.R. “Buddy” Johnson has done it again, producing a book that deserves a spot in...

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    Atomic Airships

    Nuclear-powered airships seemed like a good idea during the Cold War, but for a variety of reasons—some self-evident—they never got off the ground. For the first half of the 20th century, atomic-powered airships were the stuff of...

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    Father of the Black Box

    James “Crash” Ryan’s research laid the foundation for the modern flight data recorder, contributing greatly to aviation safety. Aircraft flight data recorders were around even before the beginning of manned, powered flight. Early...

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    The Perfect Airlifter

    Lockheed’s long-lived C-130 Hercules has enjoyed an incredible career, and continues to serve some 60 nations in a variety of roles. Kelly Johnson made few mistakes as Lockheed’s star engineer, but he made a beaut when he offered his...

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    Mustang by Another Name

    The Collings Foundation has returned a rare North American A-36 dive bomber to flying status. Thanks to a surfeit of renovated, rebuilt, restored, repackaged, replicated and reinvented P-51D Mustangs and the resultant Nose Syndrome...

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    Convertible Flying Boat

    Britain’s Blackburn B-20 attempted to overcome seaplanes’ inherent aerodynamic deficiencies via retractable center and wingtip floats. The Blackburn B-20 was one of World War II’s most advanced but least publicized aircraft. After...

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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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    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...