Plane of the Week: F-16 Fighter Falcon

The Lightweight Fighter Mafia contributed to the F-16 Fighter Falcon design used today. As founding members of the Fighter Mafia, John Boyd and Tom Christie did more than attract controversy by advocating for a new US air combat doctrine. The informal group wanted military reform in one way—do more with less. Boyd made his mark [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|General Aviation, Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: de Havilland Vampire

Not all vampires suck, you know. Not all vampires can fly, either. In both American and European folklore, only some can. But Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Little Vampire, and The Lost Boys all could fly. So could this de Havilland Vampire. And fly it did. Britain’s Second Jet-Powered Aircraft Post-WWII In 1941, the de Havilland [...]

By |July 14th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Hawker Hart

This British biplane was designed in the 1920s and led to the design of many similar airplanes. With over 1,000 built, the Hawker Hart was the most widely used light bomber aircraft of its time. Design and Service Sydney Camm designed this plane after the Air Ministry stated a requirement for a high-performance day-bomber with [...]

By |July 7th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Navy PB4Y-2

Two years before WWII ended, the military re-purposed the PB4Y-1 Liberator into a Navy PB4Y-2. The U.S. Army Air Corp originally designed the plane for their use; however, the plane did so well in maritime patrol that engineers transformed it into a long-range patrol bomber. Naval officers initially called the plane the Sea Liberator, but [...]

By |June 30th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star

When the United States Army Air Forces wanted an operational jet fighter of their own, the War Department's wish was Kelly Johnson's command. They sure wished upon this shooting star.    The Lockheed P-80 was the first jet fighter used operationally by the USAAF. The aircraft was designed and built by Lockheed in [...]

By |June 23rd, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Lockheed JetStar

Technology and budget made building the JetStar a challenge. In the 1950s, aeronautical engineer Kelly Johnson designed the Lockheed JetStar. The design was originally produced for the US Air Force, but it was eventually used for business. Four Pratt & Whitney JT12A6 turbojets powered the aircraft with a swept wing and cruciform tail. Inflatable rubber deicing [...]

By |June 9th, 2017|General Aviation, Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Stipa-Caproni

Experimenting--it's a perfectly normal phase in every aircraft's life. Some just never quite grow out of it. If ugly ducklings could fly (they can't until 12 weeks of age, by the way), they might be called Stipa-Caproni. At least if they were Italian ducks. What's a little more certain is for many, this aircraft is [...]

By |June 2nd, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Farman F.60 Goliath

Today, we’re wishing Henri Farman—French aviation pioneer of the double-decker airplane—a very happy birthday! Born in 1874, Farman originally trained to be a painter but soon became interested in mechanics and sports. He bought his first plane in the early 1900s, set many flying records, and founded his own flying school in 1909. He soon [...]

By |May 26th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: The Erco Ercoupe

Between aisles of herringbone suits and wool neckties sat the ERCO Ercoupe. The small, twin-tail metal plane with a bubble canopy caught everyone’s eye. The 1945 Manhattan department store advertisement read, “Macy’s the world’s largest store, within a matter of days, will bring you America’s first certified spinproof plane!” The World’s Safest Plane Ercoupe took [...]

By |May 19th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Martin B-26 Marauder

The Martin B-26 Marauder was introduced in 1941 for use during the course of World War II. The twin-engined medium bomber served first in the Pacific Theater in 1942 and was later used in the Mediterranean Theater as well as Western Europe. The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) issued Circular Proposal 39-640 on  March 11, 1939, [...]

By |May 12th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments