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Aviation History November 2019

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.

United States
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
aviation history online

You’ll find much more from Aviation History on the web’s leading history resource: HistoryNet.com MITCHELL’S MASTERPIECE The Spitfire was more than a machine—it was a symbol of Britain’s defiant stand against the Nazis. Much of the fighter’s success is owed to the genius and dedication of its designer, Supermarine’s Reginald J. Mitchell. AROUND-THE-WORLD ATTEMPT “FOREDOOMED TO FAILURE” Despite logistical assistance from the Royal Air Force, a team of British aviators setting out in 1922 to become the first to fly around the world was soundly defeated by scorching deserts, fuel shortages, monsoons, mechanical snafus and even a bout of appendicitis. PORTUGAL’S FORGOTTEN TRANSATLANTIC ODYSSEY It took three floatplanes and 79 days, but a pair of Portuguese naval airmen succeeded in crossing the South Atlantic by air—from Lisbon to Rio—five years before Lindbergh’s famous transatlantic flight. Love history?…

4 min
russian rotorcraft pioneer

Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful and never followed up. The aviation world in 1912, to say nothing of czarist Russia, was so small that it was probable that father knew of his efforts, though I never heard him directly discuss this pioneer.” Sikorsky is referring to a largely forgotten moment in rotary-wing aviation history that deserves to be remembered, an early incident in the life of rotar-ywing pioneer Boris N. Yuriev that was eclipsed by the later achievements of this “patriarch of Russian rotary-wing aviation.” Yuriev had proposed a coaxial helicopter design in 1909, but it did not progress beyond the drawing board. Later that same year he produced a modified design, but that also remained unbuilt, as no suitable engine was available. Yuriev then proceeded to design a lighter helicopter around…

2 min
globetrotting silver spitfire

To the undoubted dismay of some traditionalists, the most recently restored Supermarine Spitfire wears not a hint of warpaint, camouflage, nose art, national insigne or even guns. This stunning Mk. IX Spit first flew in June after a two-year rebuild by the Aircraft Restoration Co. of Duxford, England, and it has been buffed to a gleaming argent overall, save for a small black anti-glare panel ahead of the windscreen and a large civil symbol in place of an RAF roundel. “We aim to highlight the timeless beauty of the design,” say the airplane’s owners, the Boultbee Flight Academy. (Boultbee, based at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, maintains several Spitfires, including a pair of two-seaters in which they give instruction and bucket-list rides.) “With a plane that is less provocative than one…

1 min
record pole-to-pole circumnavigation

On July 11 Action Aviation chairman Hamish Harding, astronaut Terry Virts and their crew beat the world record time for an airplane flying around the world over the North and South poles. At the controls of a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER—making stops in Kazakhstan, Mauritius and Chile—the team completed their 24,962-mile circumnavigation in 46 hours, 40 minutes, 22 seconds. In the process they also set 12 more records over recognized courses, including fastest time from the North to the South Pole (23 hours, 30 minutes). Besides English-born Harding and American Colonel Virts, who had previously commanded the International Space Station, the Gulfstream’s international crew consisted of pilots Jacob Bech (Denmark), Jeremy Ascough (South Africa) and Yevgen Vasylenko (Ukraine); lead engineer Benjamin Rueger (Germany); payload specialist and satellite live streaming specialist Jannicke…

3 min
daks over normandy

Seventy-five years ago, the D-Day invasion took place amid a sudden gap in appalling weather conditions. The 2019 commemorations were no different. Yet despite the bad weather, thousands of people flocked to Duxford, England, to see the massed ranks of historic Douglas transports taking part in the Daks Over Normandy commemoration. It was in the early hours of June 6, 1944, that more than 800 C-47s/Dakotas (“Daks”) carried paratroopers to drop zones behind the landing beaches. Now a group of heritage aircraft—DC-3s, C-47s, Dakotas and C-53s drawn from all over the world—sought to re-create that event. Although fewer than originally anticipated, the 25 aircraft that took off from Duxford carrying about 500 paratroopers made for an impressive sight, filling the skies with the sound of round engines reverberating. Among the first…

1 min
around-the-world flights

1924 – Three U.S. Army Air Service pilots in two Douglas World Cruisers make the first aerial circumnavigation of the globe. The 27,500-mile journey takes 175 days, or nearly six months. 1929 – Germany’s Graf Zeppelin becomes the first airship to circumnavigate the earth, setting a new speed record of 21 days in the process. 1931 – American aviator Wiley Post dramatically trims the world circumnavigation record again when he and Australian navigator Harold Gatty complete the trip in a Lockheed Vega 5C in about 8½ days. 1949 – After four midair refuelings, the U.S. Air Force B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II becomes the first airplane to fly around the world nonstop in a new record time of 94 hours. 1964 – In a 29-day circumnavigation in her Cessna 180, Jerrie Mock becomes the…