The Buran spaceplane never lived up to its potential after it was overcome by political and economic forces beyond its designers’ control.
Convair’s 880 and 990 airliners demonstrated that faster wasn’t always better when it came to passenger transport.
As the Battle of Britain raged, Reichsmarchall Hermann Göring reportedly asked Luftwaffe ace Adolf Galland if there was anything he needed to make the Nazi campaign go more smoothly. Major Galland is said to have responded, “Give me a squadron of Spitfires.”
World War II saw three U.S. Army Air Forces fighters of consequence: everybody’s favorite, the North American P-51; the remarkable Lockheed P-38; and the absurdly large Republic P-47.
To the aviation world Sir Freddie Laker was truly a legend in his own time. A tycoon of working-class origins who built up his business empire from nothing, Laker makes the entrepreneurs on “Dragons’ Den” and “Shark Tank” seem like amateurs.
The American Volunteer Group (AVG) that helped China fend off Japanese invaders in the first seven months after Pearl Harbor has probably been detailed in books and assorted media more extensively than any other combat flying organization,