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Aviation History May 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.

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 12 MOVIES WITH AIRPLANES IN STARRING ROLES Stunt pilot extraordinaire Paul Mantz lost his life in 1965 when the one-off Tallmantz P-1 he was piloting crashed during filming of The Flight of the Phoenix. Pre-CGI Hollywood films often relied on unusual or cobbled-together aircraft like the P-1 when plots required aviation elements. Here are 12 movies where airplanes took center stage. VICTOR TATELMAN WREAKED HAVOC ON THE JAPANESE Not many people have heard of Victor Tatelman, who earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Purple Heart piloting nearly 120 Pacific War combat missions, but the decorated U.S. airman and his comrades of the 499th Bomb Squadron took the fight to the Japanese at low altitudes in their B-25 Mitchell bombers. THE…

4 min
dangerous airplanes

I have been hooked on airplanes since the mid-1930s. I was in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked as a jet engine designer (J85 and derivatives mostly, but also many others). I always enjoy Aviation History’s wide range of articles, including “The 10 Most Dangerous Airplanes Ever Built” [March], but I think the author overlooked the Sopwith Camel [above]. The many references available generally indicate that 413 Camel pilots died in combat while 318 were killed in noncombat-related accidents, most involving new pilots learning to fly the Camel. In addition, it has been stated that many of the “combat-related deaths” can be attributed to inexperienced pilots who lost control of this very unstable aircraft during the chaos of combat. The irony, of course, is that the Camel’s…

2 min
the electric beaver

The harbinger of commercial aviation’s future may just be a 1956 de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver bush plane. Last December the float-equipped six-passenger Beaver, owned by Vancouver, British Columbia, seaplane airline Harbour Air, lifted off the Fraser River accompanied not by the usual rumble of a Pratt & Whitney R-985 radial, but by the smooth whine of a 750-hp Magni500 electric motor. It was the initial test flight of what promises to be the first electric aircraft to carry a paying passenger. The electric Beaver project is a joint effort between Harbour Air and Seattle-based MagniX, which is developing the motor. The goal is a quieter, smoother, better-performing airplane with zero emissions and less than half the operating and maintenance costs. Harbour Air plans to retrofit the electric motor to its…

2 min
stampe flies in washington

A 1956 Nord Stampe SV.4C has flown at Spokane’s Felts Field in Washington State for the first time in nearly half a century. Retired mechanical engineer John Bevan bought the biplane in 1974 from a collection in Michigan thinking it would be a quick project. “When I bought it, I didn’t think it would take 45 years to finish,” Bevan said. “But as they say, life gets in the way.” The Belgian-designed, French-built biplane remained in storage while he was busy raising a family and building a career. Work on the wings and tailplane began in 2003. In 2015 Bevan, with the help of friend Addison Pemberton, began working on the Stampe in earnest. The original 140-hp Renault engine was replaced with a new 180-hp XP-360 covered by a custom-made cowling. To…

1 min
musée’s art deco gallery reopens

After several years of renovation, the Grande Galerie, centerpiece of the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at Paris–Le Bourget Airport, reopened to the public on December 14 with a festive weekend full of presentations and activities. Aside from the Galerie’s reopening, the occasion marked the centennial of the Musée itself, which had been conceived and built after World War I as one of the world’s first museums devoted solely to aviation. The Grande Galerie, described by museum personnel as “an art deco jewel,” was designed and built by Georges Labro for an international exposition held there in 1937. The Galerie contains aircraft and artifacts from the beginnings of flight in Europe up to the end of WWI, including the ancestor of today’s ultralights, Alberto Santos-Dumont’s Demoiselle; Henri Fabre’s Hydravion,…

2 min
biggin hill memorial museum

Originally established as a testing ground for developments in flight, the Royal Air Force base at Biggin Hill played a pivotal role during World War II. Prime Minister Winston Churchill described it as “the strongest link” in the chain of airfields that protected London. Opened in January 2019, the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum commemorates the airfield and the people involved, in their own words, from fighter pilots to children scavenging souvenirs from downed planes. The exhibition area is split into four themes: Early Years, Station Life, Community Life and Remembering. Items on display include the Biggin Hill scramble and victory bells, a Luftwaffe tea set, logbooks, a Spitfire escape crowbar, letters and a table from the local pub on which fighter pilots had carved their names. Visitors can listen to the…