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Aircraft Development Articles

A-26 (Douglas A-26 Invader)

The Invader - by Randy Wilson (Fall, 1997)
Douglas Aircraft's Invader attack and medium bomber spans three wars

A6M2 (Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero)

A Legend is Born - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1993)
Japan's Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero

AT-6 & SNJ (North American AT-6 & SNJ Texan)

Pilots Are Made Not Born - by Randy Wilson (Winter, 1992)
U.S. Military trainers of World War II

B-17 (Boeing B-17 Fortress)

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress - by Jeff Ethell (Spring, 1994)
America's most famous WWII heavy bomber

B-24 (Consolidated B-24 Liberator)

Lives of a Liberator - by Randy Wilson (Winter, 1994)
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator

B-25 & PBJ (North American B-25 & PBJ Mitchell)

North American's PBJ - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1997)
Don't call it a "Blue B-25" in earshot of a Marine!

B-26 (Martin B-26 Marauder)

One a Day in Tampa Bay! - by Randy Wilson (Winter, 1995)
Martin's B-26 Marauder

B-29 (Boeing B-29 Superfortress)

From the XBLR-1 to the B-29 - by Randy Wilson (Fall, 1995)
Development of America's Global "Superbomber"

C-47 & R4D (Douglas C-47 & R4D Skytrain)

The Gooney Bird Goes To War - by Randy Wilson (Spring, 1998)
The Douglas Commercial airliner dons khaki as a workhorse for the Allies

F4F & FM-2 (Grumman F4F & Eastern FM-2 Wildcat)

The Wilder Wildcats - by Randy Wilson (Winter, 1997)
General Motors Eastern Aircraft FM-2 proves to be a much improved Wildcat
The F4F Wildcat - by Jack Morgan (Spring, 1992)
Grumman's first "Cat"

F4U (Vought F4U Corsair)

From Bent-winged Bird to Whistling Death - by Randy Wilson (Fall, 1996)
Vought's F4U Corsair in WWII

F6F (Grumman F6F Hellcat)

Hellcat: Development of a Legend - by Bill Coombes (Fall, 1998)
Grumman's F6F Hellcat fighter was one of the best

F8F (Grumman F8F Bearcat)

The Last of a Breed - by Randy Wilson (Spring, 1995)
Grumman's F8F Bearcat

Fi 156 (Fieseler Fi 156 Storch)

The Flight of the Storch - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1995)
Germany's Fieseler Fi 156 Storch

He 111 (Heinkel He 111)

"It's a Heinkel" - by Randy Wilson (Winter, 1996)
The Luftwaffe's workhorse Heinkel 111 bomber

P-38 (Lockheed P-38 Lightning)

Lightning From the Ground Up - by Jeff Ethell (Spring, 1993)
Lockheed's P-38 Lightning

P-39 (Bell P-39 Airacobra)

The Flying Cobra - by Randy Wilson (Spring, 1997)
Bell's P-39 Airacobra

P-40 (Curtiss P-40 Warhawk)

The Hawk Takes Flight - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1996)
The Curtiss P-40 Hawks

P-47 (Republic P-47 Thunderbolt)

Forging the Thunderbolt - by Randy Wilson (Fall, 1994)
Republic's P-47 Thunderbolt

P-51 (North American P-51 Mustang)

From Foal to Thoroughbred - by Jeff Ethell (Fall, 1993)
North American's P-51 Mustang
Mustang ABCs - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 2002)
When World War II began, North American Aviation was a relatively small and new company, but that would change with the development of the P-51.

P-63 (Bell P-63 Kingcobra)

The Lend-Lease Fighter - by Randy Wilson (Winter, 1998)
Development of Bell's P-63 Kingcobra

PBY (Consolidated PBY Catalina)

PBY Catalina: By Land or By Sea - by Paul Koskela and Randy Wilson (Summer, 1994)
The U.S. Navy's oasis in the middle of the ocean

SB2C (Curtiss SB2C Helldiver)

The Big Tailed Beast - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1998)
The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver's difficult birth and entry into combat

TBF & TBM (Grumman TBF& Eastern TBM Avenger)

Torpedo Bomber! - by Randy Wilson (Spring, 1999)
Grumman's TBF and Eastern's TBM were America's last torpedo bombers

Trainers (Primary & Basic Trainers)

Finches and Moths of the Rio Grande Valley - by Randy Wilson (Fall, 2001)
No, it's not an article on birds and bugs. It is, however, a fascinating study of three rare aircraft whose homes are with the Rio Grande Valley Wing.
Primary Trainers - The Pilot Makers - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1999)
Development of the Army's WWII primary trainers

Engine Development Articles

R-1820 (Wright R-1820 Cyclone)

The Heart of a Fortress - by Randy Wilson (Spring, 1994)
Wright's R-1820 Cyclone engine

V-1710 (Allison V-1710)

The Heart of the Cobra - by Randy Wilson (Spring, 1997)
Development of the Allison V-1710 Engine

Flying the Planes Articles

A6M2 (Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero)

Zero Pilot - by Jeff Ethell (Summer, 1993)
Flying the CAF's A6M2 Zero and dogfighting with a Wildcat

AT-6 & SNJ (North American AT-6 & SNJ Texan)

All Navy Aviators Can Fly the SNJ - by George Coombes (Winter, 1992)
A WWII Naval aviator remembers carrier qualifications

F4F & FM-2 (Grumman F4F & Eastern FM-2 Wildcat)

Flying the Wildcat - by Randy Wilson (Spring, 1992)
What it's like to fly a Grumman (General Motors) FM-2 Wildcat today
Bravo Zulu - by Randy Wilson (Spring, 1992)
A personal account of participation in the decommissioning of the USS Lexington

F4U (Vought F4U Corsair)

Experiencing a Dream - by Marty Case (Fall, 1996)
Flying the Corsair for the first time
Destined to Fly - by Herschel Whittington (Fall, 1996)
Archie Donahue - Marine Corsair pilot and ace

F6F (Grumman F6F Hellcat)

And the Men Who Flew Herů - by Bill Coombes (Fall, 1998)
WWII Naval aviators talk about flying the Hellcat

Fi 156 (Fieseler Fi 156 Storch)

Flying the Storch - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1995)
Flying the Fieseler Fi 156 Storch

P-40 (Curtiss P-40 Warhawk)

Harnessing the Hawk - by Jeff Ethell (Summer, 1996)
Flying a P-40E and trying to keep your cool

SB2C (Curtiss SB2C Helldiver)

Piloting the Beast - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1998)
Flying the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

Trainers (Primary & Basic Trainers)

Flying the Army Primary Trainers - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1999)
A comparison of the Stearman, Fairchild and Ryan PTs.
The Yellow Peril: N3N - by Laverne Hoestenbach (Winter, 1992)
The Navy's own primary trainer

Individual CAF Aircraft History Articles

F6F (Grumman F6F Hellcat)

A "Bar Sinister" Hellcat - by Bill Coombes (Fall, 1998)
The interesting history of the CAF's Grumman F6F Hellcat

P-63 (Bell P-63 Kingcobra)

The Rarest of the Rare - by Bill Coombes (Winter, 1998)
The Ghost Squadron's P-63F is one of only two built

PT-19 (Fairchild PT-19 Cornell)

The Short Saga of PT-19A, N58123 - by Bill Coombes (Summer, 1999)
History of the High Sky Wing's PT-19

Other History Articles

[None] (No Specific Aircraft)

The Spark of Operation Torch - by Billy Wade (Fall, 1992)
The Allied invasion of North Africa
The Clash of the Carriers - by Randy Wilson (Spring, 1996)
US and IJN carrier air power in early 1942
The Fleet Aircraft Carrier, 1918-1945 - by Randy Wilson (Fall, 1998)
Chronology of the development of the aircraft carrier
The Siberian Connection - by Randy Wilson (Winter, 1998)
American Lend-Lease to the Soviet Union in WWII
Jeff Ethell - Fighter Writer - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1997)
My first meeting with Jeff was in the air
Divine Wind - by Bill Coombes (Spring, 1995)
The Japanese secret weapon - kamikaze suicide attacks
The Final Stepping Stones - by Randy Wilson (Spring, 1995)
The Pacific Naval air battles of late 1944 and early 1945
US Naval Aircraft Designations 1939-45 - by Randy Wilson (Winter, 1992)
Or why a Navy AT-6 is really an SNJ
Pointblank, Noballs and the Chattanooga Choo Choo - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1994)
American airpower in support of the Normandy invasion

B-17 (Boeing B-17 Fortress)

Famous B-17 Crewmen - by Paul Koskela (Fall, 1999)
Some of these "ordinary kids" went on to fame and fortune
Boats, Boats Boats! - by Randy Wilson (Spring, 2004)
D-Day from the tail of a B-17.

B-24 (Consolidated B-24 Liberator)

Ploesti - by Bob Worley (Winter, 1994)
Fortunes of war prevented a daring raid from crippling German oil supplies

B-25 & PBJ (North American B-25 & PBJ Mitchell)

PBJ Oral Histories - by The Oral History Givers (Summer, 1997)
Two PBJ pilots look back 50+ years at the same mission

F6F (Grumman F6F Hellcat)

"Fabled Fifteen": A Brief History of VF-15 - by Bill Coombes (Fall, 1998)
The Navy's most successful squadron of WWII

P-63 (Bell P-63 Kingcobra)

Pinball Wizards of the Air - by Randy Wilson (Winter, 1998)
America's frangible bullet and live aerial gunnery training program

SB2C (Curtiss SB2C Helldiver)

Coming Aboard the Hard Way! - by Randy Wilson (Summer, 1998)
An SB2C gunner has to land his damaged plane aboard the carrier

 

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