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Bugatti Fantastique

Bugatti Fantastique Broze, Jay ON A BLUSTERY AUTUMN MORNING in 1939, at Le Bourget airport outside Paris, an exotic Bugatti Model 100 sits on the tarmac; it is the aircraft with which the French had hoped to capture the Coupe Deutsche de la Meurthe and set the world speed record. The sleek airframe was designed […]

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First Flight Completed

First Flight Completed Pace, Steve ON APRIL 27, 2005, THE GARGANTUAN AIRBUS A380 jetliner successfully completed its nearly four-hour first flight. It took off in Toulouse, France, at 10:29 a.m. local time, and after a three-hour, 54-minute flight, the giant double-decked, four-engine A380 landed there at 2:22 p.m. It was piloted by chief test pilot […]

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Model Airplane News turns 75!

Model Airplane News turns 75! DeFrancesco, Louis Jr DURING THE YEARS that we have been publishing Flight Journal, we have interviewed many pilots whose actions have made history, and almost 100 percent of the time, they begin by telling us, “When I was a kid, I built model airplanes….” Although each story is unique from […]

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first B-29 raid on Tokyo: San Antonio I, The

first B-29 raid on Tokyo: San Antonio I, The Marshall, Chester A mistice Day 1944 On this date, I remembered that 26 years had passed since a document had been signed to end WWI. Worldwide hostilities among nations had ceased. “The war to end all wars,” officially ended at the 11th minute of the 11th […]

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OPERATION BODENPLATTE

OPERATION BODENPLATTE Busha, James P A LUFTWAFFE DISASTER THE HARSH WEATHER THAT DESCENDED ON THE SCATTERED ALLIED lines stretched thinly across the Ardennes Forest in mid-December 1944 was a bittersweet triumph for Adolf Hitler. Although his ground troops used the horrible weather to their advaritage, concealing buildups for their eventual forward thrust into the overwhelmed […]

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DESIGNS AHEAD OF THEIR TIME

ZIMMERMAN’S FLYING FLAPJACKS: DESIGNS AHEAD OF THEIR TIME Wainfan, Barnaby In an age in which we think we’ve seen everything and designers constantly produce flying machines that push the boundaries, we tend to forget that our history is littered with brave experiments that, for one reason or another, stopped barely short of answering the question […]

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A modern-day perspective on the “Hun”

Flying the F-100 Super Sabre: A modern-day perspective on the “Hun” Griffith, Dan A MODERN-DAY PERSPECTIVE ON THE “HUN” Today’s test pilots rarely get the chance to test-fly the “old” classics. In the days of pilots such as Gen. Chuck Meager, there was a new and wonderful prototype to test-fly every month; now they are […]

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MACH 9.7 PLUS

MACH 9.7 PLUS Pace, Steve ON NOVEMBER 16, 2004, the 12-foot-long X-43A soared well past Mach number 9.7 (7,200mph)-the fastest speed ever attained by an air vehicle with an air-breathing engine. Following separation from the pylon under the right wing of the mother plane and ignition of the booster rocket at about 40,000 feet above […]

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FIGHTERS ON THE MOVE

FIGHTERS ON THE MOVE Tillman, Barrett The Champlin Museum heads north “When I think of what we do in the museum business, the word that comes to mind is stewardship. We may find, restore and even own these airplanes, but they’re just passing through our hands. We pass them along to the next generation, which […]

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P-Screamers

P-Screamers DeGroat, Robert S P-Screamers The History of the Surviving Lockheed P-38 Lightnings by A. Kevin Grantham. Pictorial Histories Publishing Co. Inc.; 176 pages; 1994. This excellent resource offers good photographs and a chronological history of each surviving P-38 airframe. It makes an interesting addition to any P-38 enthusiast’s bookshelf. Copyright Air Age Publishing Summer […]