Aviation History - March 2012

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The Truth About Tidal Waves by Mark Carlson. Who was really responsible for heavy losses sustained during the low-level B-24 raid on Ploesti’s oil refineries in August 1943?

Tuskegee Top Guns by Stephan Wilkinson. After a team of black airmen took top honors at the U.S. Air Force’s 1949 gunnery competition, their trophy disappeared for nearly 50 years.

Race for the Jet by Nicholas O’Dell. Frank Whittle’s 1930 patent led to a revolution in military and commercial aviation.

Meatboxes Versus Doodlebugs by Derek O’Connor. The first combat action between jet aircraft involved Gloster Meteors chasing down the infamous V-1 flying bombs.

Republic’s Fleeting Masterpiece by Walter J. Boyne. Designed by Alexander Kartveli, the beautiful XF-12 Rainbow was the fastest four-engine piston-powered airplane of all time.

Hometown Heroine by Adam Lynch. Record –setting flyer Helen Richey, the first female pilot for a commercial airline, lost her way in WWII’s aftermath.


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