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BBC History of World War II

BBC History of World War II BBC VIDEO HAS COMBINED the powerful 10 episodes of its definitive series, “BBC History of World War II,” into a 12-disc DVD boxed set. Complete with award-winning, critically acclaimed programs from well-known historians, including Laurence Rees and Richard Holmes, this first release of the collection contains more than 34 […]

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Rocket man

Rocket man DiGregorio, Barry E Flying the Rocket Beltthe 21-second thrill In a letter of nomination to the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), Brig. Gen. Frank K. Everest-legendary USAF test pilot and the first human to fly faster than Mach 3 with the Bell X-2 in July 1956-wrote the following about Bell Rocket Belt […]

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F-14 vs. F/A-18 controversy rages

F-14 vs. F/A-18 controversy rages Editor’s note: When Flight Journal talked to Bob Kress and RADM Paul Gillcrist (Ret.) about writing an in-depth article on the Tomcat versus the Super Hornet (the article appeared in the February 2002 issue), we knew their report would be based on their own viewpoints. So we started knocking on […]

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PEARL HARBOR PAYBACK

PEARL HARBOR PAYBACK Bergin, Bob The AVG’s surprise raid on Chiang Mai THE MARCH 24, 1942, American Volunteer Group (AVG) raid on the Japanese Air Force at Chiang Mai in northern Thailand was one of the Flying Tigers’ most significant actions. The attack deep inside Japanese-controlled territory by 10 P-40s that came from China caught […]

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World’s oldest P-47 to be restored

World’s oldest P-47 to be restored Werneth, Ron Bensenville, Illinois, is home to an ambitious restoration of the world’s oldest P-47 fighter-a rare “B” model. In 1994, avid P-47 enthusiasts Randy Ferris (a seasoned machinist) and Michael T. Stowe discussed the possibility of recovering and restoring a P-47 Thunderbolt. Both had always dreamed about such […]

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TO THE MOON AND BACK

TO THE MOON AND BACK Oberg, Jim Flying the Lunar Module ASK ANYBODY WHAT the first words spoken on the moon were, and you’ll likely get the classic answer: “Houston, Tranquility Base here; the Eagle has landed.” Neil Armstrong did radio that message to earth on July 20, 1969, but they weren’t the first words […]

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Tupelov Bombers

Tupelov Bombers DeGroat, Robert S Tupelov Bombers by David Donald; Specialty Press, 39966 Grand Ave., North Branch, MN 55056; 160 pages; illustrated; $29.95. Andrey Tupelov’s name is not well known but his designs for the Soviet Union are readily identifiable as potent remains of the Cold War. David Donald has compiled in-depth profiles of the […]

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Apollo 15

Apollo 15 Farmer, Jim Apollo 15 Spacecraft Films www.spacecraftfilms.com; $79.99. “Apollo 15,” the second DVD package in this series from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, offers six discs and 21 hours of unedited audio and visual NASA footage. The material is organized more or less chronologically from prelaunch preparations through the three days of expeditions […]

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BATTLE GRIFFIN ’05

BATTLE GRIFFIN ’05 Taurino, Giovanni NORWAY HOSTED NATO’S Battle Griffin ’05 (BG05) exercise from February 21 to March 11. Its main objective was to evaluate, integrate and practice NATO and Partner Nations’ procedures and military capabilities in a context of Crisis Response Operation (CRO). Ground, naval and air assets were deployed to five air bases […]

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“The Sound Barrier”

“The Sound Barrier” Farmer, Jim “The Sound Barrier” Belle and Blade: code number: AC21; (800) 365-2104; customer service (973) 328-8488; $29.98. Lovingly crafted by Britain’s celebrated director/producer David Lean, this 1952 black-and-white release brilliantly captures, as no other aviation film does, the thrill of the dawn of the jet age. Lean-always the master storyteller-spent more […]