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Marauder tail turret

Marauder tail turret Aero Trader, Chino, California, has contracted with the USAF Museum to build a complete tail turret for the museum Martin B-26G Marauder USAAF s/n 43-34581. This aircraft had, after USAAF service, been transferred to the Armee de l’Air and was surplused to Air France during 1951 with another example for use as […]

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HOLMAN FIELD DC-7 SAVED

HOLMAN FIELD DC-7 SAVED O’Leary, Michael Last April when Carlos Gomez was helping get the Camarilla Connie ready for its epic trip to Switzerland, we had a chance to talk with Carlos about the acquisition of the Douglas DC-7 that he had purchased with his partner Marc Wolff. They had purchased N836D in November 2003 […]

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Stormbird rising…again!

Stormbird rising…again! O’Leary, Michael Recently, a unique event in aviation took place when the first Messerschmitt Me 262 Stormbird completed by the Me 262 Project took to the air for the first time with test pilot Wolfgang Czaia at the controls. The final preflight high speed taxi test had taken place on 20 November at […]

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Tale of two Fireflys

Tale of two Fireflys Arditto, Kevin Fairey Fireflys WB518 and WD828 were delivered to the Australian Navy in 1950. More than half a century later and half a world away, major assemblies of both combined to create a Grand Champion Warbird at the EAA Airventure 2002 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This sidebar relates the uniquely Australian […]

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Inside the cockpits

Inside the cockpits Hulett, George German Aircraft Cockpits 1911-1970 by Peter W. Cohausz (Schiffer 610-593-1777, $69.95) uses the cockpits of approximately 60 military and civil aircraft to follow the development of aircraft instruments in Germany. The standards and developments of each period are described and the instrumentation of each cockpit is identified. There is also […]

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Duck

Duck Alley, Harvey I was genuinely pleased to see another Grumman Duck take to the air – and a magnificent restoration as well. As a 16-year– old, I worked for Columbia Aircraft where I made steel fittings for the wings and floats and I would certainly like to entertain the idea that my fittings are […]

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Albatros proves popular

Albatros proves popular The Aero Vodochody Albatros has proven to be an extremely popular Warbird in the United States and there are currently over 80 registered examples on the civil register. First imported in the early 1990s, the Albatros was available at extremely reasonable (read cheap) prices from former Soviet air forces. However, the sellers […]

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Gathering Mustangs & Legends, The

Gathering Mustangs & Legends, The Mustang Operation & Preservation Society (Mustang OPS) has announced the largest gathering of North American P-51 Mustangs in recent history to take place at the Stallion 51 Corporation’s Kissimmee Airport facility from 7-10 April 1999. As many as 80 Mustangs from around the world are expected to participate In the […]

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RESTORATION OF AN Air Racing ICON

RESTORATION OF AN Air Racing ICON Day, Jerry FROM WKECK TO KACEK, THE INCREDIBLE KEBIKTHOF MISS AMERICA The familiar red, white, and blue air racer passed the start \finish pylon and began the second lap of qualifications at the 2002 Reno Air Races. Brent Hisey, owner and pilot of P-51D Mustang Miss America, pushed the […]

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HIRTH HARPOONS

HIRTH HARPOONS The last operator of Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon fire bombers in the United States was Hirth Air Tankers based out of Buffalo, Wyoming, reports MiIo Peltzer. John and Connie Hirtz were great fans and operators of the Harpoon but John was tragically killed in the crash of a PV-2 Harpoon fire bomber on 10 […]