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    Aviation History Book Review: Chinese Aircraft

    Chinese Aircraft: China’s Aviation Industry Since 1951 by Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov, Hikoki Productions Ltd., Manchester, UK, distributed by Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2009, $56.95.  China’s aircraft industry...

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    Aviation History Book Review: The B-45 Tornado

    The B-45 Tornado: An Operational History of the First American Jet Bomber by John C. Fredriksen, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, N.C., 2009, $45. The B-45 Tornado is the first comprehensive history of a shamefully neglected American...

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    ‘Be Quick, Be Quiet and Be on Time’

    Lockheed genius Kelly Johnson’s words summed up the philosophy behind several of history’s most innovative airplanes. Kelly Johnson—his mother named him Clarence, but that wasn’t his fault—owes to one man much of his legendary...

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    Valkyrie’s Little Brother

    Soaring development costs and evolving air defense requirements killed North American’s innovative F-108 Rapier before it got off the ground. Before the missile age, when nuclear deterrence depended solely on aircraft, speed meant...

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    Rare Jenny Takes Wing

    A 1917 Curtiss JN-4D is the centerpiece of an Oregon museum’s collection of flying antiques. Visitors to the Columbia River Gorge area might be surprised to find a vast 95,000-square-foot aviation museum tucked away on the outskirts of...

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    Style Over Substance

    Lockheed’s XF-90 embodied the rakish appearance of an early jet fighter, but its sleek exterior hid a host of shortcomings. Created by the famous Lockheed “Skunk Works” and heavily publicized as the U.S. Air Force’s next fighter,...

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    American Flying Boats and Amphibious Aircraft

    American Flying Boats and Amphibious Aircraft: An Illustrated History by E.R. Johnson, McFarland, Jefferson, N.C., 2010, $49.95. E.R. Johnson’s latest book reflects a modern and vastly improved version of the technique James Fahey...

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    The Great Transcontinental Air Race

    Belvin Maynard’s 1919 victory inspired aviators across America—and made a hero of the ‘Flying Parson’. Late in the morning on October 16, 1919, a de Havilland DH-4 dropped from the clouds and touched down silently in a pasture near...

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    Thunderscreech!

    The Republic XF-84H turboprop was so loud, ground crew were physically sickened by its noise. Early jet fighters accelerated slowly and required long takeoff runs, and if a pilot needed to pour on the gas to correct a bad approach or make...

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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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    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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    Lawrence Sperry: Genius on Autopilot

    Lawrence Sperry, the maverick inventor who created the autopilot, had 23 patents to his name related to aircraft safety when he ran out of luck over the English Channel....

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    Milestones: Da Vinci’s Dream Realized

    When University of Toronto engineering students recently demonstrated a man-powered ornithopter, they joined a long line of bird imitators, stretching back to ancient Greece and China. Unlike earlier experimenters, the students can cite...

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    Britain’s Big Bumble

    The British Aircraft Corporation spent billions developing the TSR-2 for a multi-role mission that even today remains unattainable. One of the most misguided, mismanistry of Defence scheme to build a futuristic aged, out-of-control and...

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    Restored: Pima’s Peacemaker

    Transporting and restoring a mammoth B-36J called for special equipment—and ingenuity. It Air and Space Museum’s newly restored Convair B-36J dominates the 80-acre outdoor display area. In fact, its nearly 47- ’s no exaggeration to...

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    Milestones: Celebrating the Birth of Carrier Aviation

    Retired U.S. Navy Commander Bob Coolbaugh looked ahead—and also to the past—when he started building a replica Curtiss pusher more than two years ago. His foresight paid off this past November, when he took part in the Navy’s...