Boeing B-17G. National Museum of the US Air Force. Original, restored; 24 missions with 91st Bomber Group. Photo: Dan Patterson / Fighting Cockpits
History
History

Fighting Cockpits: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

The Boeing B-17 is arguably the most famous American bomber of World War II. Featured in such film classics as Twelve O’Clock High and The War Lover, the B-17 often overshadowed the more prolific Consolidated B-24. When it was first Read More

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Science + Technology
Science + Technology

How Do Drones Fly?

Drones, or multicopters, are radio controlled aircraft (RC). In Adam Juniper’s book, The Complete Guide to Drones, he explains how drones fly by first comparing them to traditional aircraft: the lift that keeps a traditional plane aloft Read More

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Aviation
Aviation

Archangels Over Area 51

When you think Area 51, you probably think aliens and UFOs. However, it's actually where new planes, archangels, were being developed there to be more fuel efficient and fly better. They went through a few different archangel models before Read More

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Aviation
Aviation

Seeds of a Juggernaut: The Boeing Company

Frequent fliers hear it time and time again. Their captains welcome them aboard "our beautiful Boeing 747 to (insert destination)," or some variation of this. A child may ask a parent, "What does 'Boeing' mean?" and a likely response is Read More

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Aviation
Aviation

All About the SR-71 Flight Ejection System

The SR-71 aircraft has many safety procedures and precautions. In a craft that goes Mach 3.0+ these precautions are necessary. The pilots and the crew work hard to make sure flights go smoothly and everyone returns safely. In case something Read More

During flight operations in the Pacific in 1943, a deck crewman waves a checkered flag as the pilot of a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber prepares to take off from the deck of the Yorktown. Other aircraft are lined up to follow on a mission to attack a Japanese base. Photo credit: National Archives
History
History

Aircraft Carriers: Building the Essex

Behold the king of naval warfare: the aircraft carrier. In his in-depth, photo-rich new book, Aircraft Carriers: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Important Warships, celebrated author Michael Haskew takes readers behind the Read More

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Aviation
Aviation

10 Killer Planes that Shaped WWII

Plunge into the action, and marvel at ten of the best and best-known World War II fighter aircraft! Check out this quick look at each of the planes and get a more detailed look in Fighter! by Jim Laurier. Buy from an Online Read More

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History

6 EAA Oshkosh Warbirds

Every year the skies over Oshkosh, Wisconsin fill with rumbling engines and roaring jets for and epic week-long airshow that leaves spectators reeling. The warbirds that have been featured in this show in the past have been some of the most Read More

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Aviation
Aviation

Founding Father of Skunk Works

Skunk Works is the alias for the the highly secretive organization that brought to life the SR-71 Blackbird. This, however was not the first, or the only plane developed by Skunk Works. Here is a story about the founder from The Projects of Read More