World War 2

Aces of World War 2

World War 2 was fraught with 100’s, possibly even 1,000’s of aerial battles. From the skies over France, the UK, and Germany, to the air combat in the Pacific, a number of fighter pilots became legendary aces. These aces of Word War II were not limited to American fighter pilots, as you’ll find out shortly. Read More…

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Flying Wings

History of the Flying Wing

History of the British Flying Wing The tailless aircraft concept was present in Britain throughout World War II, and many of the designs came from Handley Page, Armstrong Whitworth, General Aircraft Ltd., and de Havilland. The Handley Page Manx was designed by Dr. Gustav V. Lachman, and it had a single vertical fin on the Read More…

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Daredevils

The Flight of the NC-4

Before World War I, there were no planes capable of flying from Newfoundland to Ireland. This was the shortest route across the Atlantic Ocean. It was a distance of 1,900 miles, or 3,057 kilometers, and no engine available at the time could reliably make the 20- to 30-hour-long journey. In 1913, Lord Northcliffe had put Read More…

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Daredevils

The Great Aerial Races

Aerial racing in the United States began in 1910, when Glenn Curtiss and Louis Paulhan won races in Los Angeles. Paulhan also won the notoriously difficult London-to-Manchester race. Newcomer Claude Grahame-White won the Gordon-Bennett race on Long Island in late 1910. Related Article – 5 Best Low Time Pilot Jobs With 250 Hours In Europe, Read More…