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Aviation History

Aviation History

September 2020

Aviation History Magazine is an authoritative, in-depth history of world aviation from its origins to the Space Age. Aviation History offers air enthusiasts the most detailed coverage of the history of manned flight, with action-packed stories and illustrations that put the reader in the cockpit with pilots and military (army, navy, and marine)aviators to experience aviation’s greatest dramas.

Pays:
United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
HistoryNet
Fréquence:
Bimonthly
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aviation history online

You’ll find much more from Aviation History on the web’s leading history resource: historynet.com WHEN FIRE RAINED FROM THE SKY On the night of March 9-10, 1945, 279 B-29 Superfortresses unloaded nearly half a million napalm-filled firebombs on Tokyo, introducing a terrifying new tactic in the war against Japan. The first low-level B-29 raid on Japan’s capital ignited a massive firestorm that burned down 16 square miles of the city and killed some 85,000 people. THE PERFECT AIRLIFTER While the U.S. Air Force sired cutting-edge jet fighters and strategic bombers in the 1950s, the neglected orphan of its fleet was the transport, what later came to be called the airlifter. Lockheed’s long-lived C-130 Hercules, the best of the lot, embraced simplicity, reliability, ruggedness and economy and has enjoyed an incredible career, serving dozens of…

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mailbag

> Fast forward to June 2012 when my son was going to the D.C. area and contacted the museum to see if he could see the airplane. They asked for proof of my flight so I found my Air Force flight records and sent him a copy documenting it. Later my phone rang and it was my son saying, okay dad, I’m standing by your navigator’s seat. Attached is a picture he took that day [above]. The August 1975 flight out of Vietnam was not the last humanitarian mission flown by 0460. That was a mission by the 440th Airlift Wing to the Caribbean and South America. I was not on that flight but have 18 missions in the aircraft. Lt. Col. James D. Webb U.S. Air Force (ret.) DC-10 DESIGN FLAW In reference…

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visit with saigon lady

I just saw the March “Briefing” article about the C-130 Saigon Lady being restored at the National Warplane Museum. Glad this aircraft is being restored and put on display. I was the chief navigator with the 440th Airlift Wing, 95th Airlift Squadron, and the navigator for the airplane’s last flight to Dulles International Airport for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on January 30, 1989. Just three days prior I was on the crew that picked up our first of eight new C-130H models from Lockheed in Marietta, Ga. The wing had a big arrival ceremony for our first brand new C-130H. On the 30th, with very little fanfare, we flew C-130A tail no. 57-0460 to Dulles. I left the chart and log for its last flight in the drawer…

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lufthansa abandons connie restoration

In a classic example of a ludicrously expensive project gone out of control while nobody noticed, Lufthansa has abandoned the restoration of its 1958 Lockheed L-1649 Super Constellation. Did an accountant turn a sharp eye on what Lufthansa was planning and decide to pass? Nope. Like a poker player holding a pair of twos until the bitter end, the company spent $163 million to bring the airplane almost to first flight and then decided it was a dumb idea. To put that sum in perspective, I’m guessing that it cost about $10 million to turn the B-29 Doc from a target-range hulk into a gleaming flier. Most of the labor that restored Doc was provided by volunteers, but Lufthansa’s Connie was being rebuilt by professional technicians and engineers earning aerospace wages.…

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spooky gunship put out to pasture

On June 3 a Lockheed AC-130U “Spooky” of the 4th Special Operations Squadron completed its last flight over Hurlburt Field in Florida, prior to it and its sister gunships departing for retirement at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Since its debut in April 1995, this reconnaissance and attack version of the C-130, whose concept dates back to the Vietnam War (story, P. 58), has used its side-mounted miniguns and cannons to lay devastating fire on ground targets at night or in adverse weather. Replacing the Spooky since its debut in July 2019 will be the improved AC-130J Ghostrider. The 25-year-old gunships did not depart without a last claim to glory. On June 18 an AC-130U named Big Daddy (inset) retired with a black letter on its status page. “A black…