Boating & Aviation
Flight Journal

Flight Journal June 2020

Flight Journal is the world’s number one historical aviation brand. It is the go-to publication for those seeking the aviation experience as seen from the cockpit by history-making pilots and through the lenses of the world’s best aviation photographers. The emphasis is on giving readers unexpected aviation information and making them part of landmark experiences in a way that is to be found in no other periodical.

United States
Air Age Media
Read More
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
air warriors

For almost a quarter-century, we at Flight Journal have worked to present the most informative, unique, and interesting P-51 Mustang stories, and we hope that they will stand the test of time—along with the venerable Mustang itself. And no doubt, the words of the warriors who flew this Merlin-powered machine into combat will forever ring true. When it comes to military aviation history, it’s the Mustang that has been the driving force! Certainly one of the best and most authoritative evaluations of the P-51 is Mustang triple ace Bud Anderson’s remembrance of his many hours of combat in that airplane. There is no theorizing or guesswork in Bud’s words, as he was one of WW II’s most successful Mustang pilots, as well as one of the highest scoring Mustang aces. In…

1 min.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions across our social media. Comments may be edited for brevity and clarity. flight@airage.com facebook.com/FlightJournal instagram.com/Flight_Journal_magazine I enjoyed your fine article on the GEICO Sky-typers in the April 2020 issue of Flight Journal. Regarding the team’s SNJs, I have a question: The team’s aircraft are billed as being SNJ-2 models, but Skytyper No. 4 has the more triangular rudder of a later model SNJ. This begs the question, is this actually a later model SNJ, or an SNJ-2 that has been fitted with a rudder from a later model SNJ? I enjoy your magazine immensely. Please keep pumping such interesting articles.—J. J. Burgmeier J.J., You do have a good eye! According to the Air Show Team’s commanding officer, Larry Arken, you are correct. The No. 4 plane is indeed a…

1 min.

We recently found online a colorized photograph of WW I American fighter ace Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, with his famous SPAD XIII (Flickr/Rui Candeias). We highlighted it as one of our weekly “Hey, check out this photo” posts, and many of you took notice. Here are just a few of your comments. Jerry Cross: I just finished his autobiography he wrote in 1966. Very good and easy read. Alexander Piela: I built a model of the SPAD XIII in my teens. One of my favorites! Kirk Walker: Did Rickenbacker fly with the Lafayette Escadrille? Eric Blatter: No, Rickenbacker flew in the 94th Aero Squadron (Hat in the Ring), which was an American unit. Eric Blatter: I might be incorrect, but I believe the Lafayette Escadrille was disbanded once the U.S. entered the war. All the American…

1 min.

Pete: If I’m not mistaken, it held the speed record (822 mph) for a while! [On August 20, 1955, an F-100C set a supersonic world speed record of 822.135 mph. That record was broken on March 10, 1956 by a British Fairey Delta 2 at 1,132 mph. - Ed.] Jim Schreiber: You never wanted to get nose up too much with little speed on takeoff—disaster, and it had an aileron problem that in certain conditions would turn aircraft in the opposite direction from what was put into the controls. Also, the afterburner was not hugely reliable. Other than those few items, it was a pretty airplane. Tom Palmer: While I was stationed at White Sands Missile Range, I happened to be monitoring Biggs AFB frequencies (El Paso) and heard an F-100 cleared…

22 min.
f-14d tomcat vs. f/a-18e/f super hornet

EDITOR’S NOTE: Every aircraft that goes into service is accompanied by controversy. This was especially true for the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Super Hornet. With the long-anticipated Paramount Pictures movie sequel, Top Gun: Maverick coming out in June, we noted that in the original 1986 movie, Maverick was flying the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, but in the new sequel he is at the controls of the F-18 Super Hornet. So it made perfect sense to publish our classic feature "Battle of the Superfighters" as well as some of the passionate reader responses it generated. In this comparison, our two experts argue that the Super Hornet was not necessarily the airplane the Navy needed for the future, and their backgrounds lend weight to their arguments. Rear Admiral Paul Gillcrist spent 33 years as a…

14 min.
the debate

Editor’s note: When we first published the in-depth article on the Tomcat versus the Super Hornet, we knew the conversation had just begun. We started knocking on doors and flipping over rocks looking for someone from the U.S. Navy to act as the official spokesperson for the Super Hornet; unfortunately, we found no takers. However, reams of emails and letters on both sides of the issue arrived in the office. We’ve selected several to illustrate the arguments that both sides cling to. LCDR Alan D. Armstrong USN Safety Officer/Flight Demonstration Team Leader VFA-122 NAS Lemoore, California LIKES THE SUPER HORNET Armstrong: In the February 2002 issue of Flight Journal, I read with interest your article on the “Battle of the Super Fighters” and was very amused at the conclusions reached by the authors. I suppose that…