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Old 09-20-2012, 01:57 PM   #3691
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I know a little about the Wright bros at Kittyhawk and WW I aircraft but have never heard anything about the development in between. Anybody know of any good books, websites or documentaries?
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:03 PM   #3692
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I read a book several years ago titled "Barons of the Sky", written by Wayne Biddle.

It is basically a history of the aerospace industry in the U.S. What I found interesting is that the book tells the story of how names like Douglas, Martin, Lockheed, Curtis, etc. became such icons in the aerospace industry. Most of these guys started building airplanes in their backyards in the years just prior to WWI. Pretty fascinating to read how they grew their companies into such aviation giants.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:25 PM   #3693
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I have some more of the engine:


Beeeeeeyoutiful. Needs to be posted in the Art of Engine thread as well.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:30 PM   #3694
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Prototype engine will allow travel from London to Sydney in four hours


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Old 09-20-2012, 06:31 PM   #3695
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Beeeeeeyoutiful. Needs to be posted in the Art of Engine thread as well.
No throttle. Just a kill switch. Turning one way was far easier than turning the other.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:43 PM   #3696
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I'd suggest A Dream of Wings by Tom Crouch.

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:43 AM   #3697
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Lancaster crew found from WWII. Amazing.

http://www.history.com/news/lost-world-war-ii-bomber-crew-found-after-69-years?cmpid=PaidMedia_Outbrain_HIS_HITH
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:15 PM   #3698
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Thats pretty cool.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:11 PM   #3699
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I have a bomb rack for one of those laying around here somewhere
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:24 AM   #3700
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Just had to post this! The only de Havilland Mosquito flying in the world. Beautifully restored here in NZ - soon to be sent Stateside to it's lucky owner. Really wish I could pop up to Auckland tomorrow to see it being put through it's paces...

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Old 09-28-2012, 02:18 AM   #3701
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Wow, nice job

Several years ago they found the wreckage of a B-17F not far from where I live. It had crashed on its way back from Germany. It was called the "Lucky Lady II". 5 of the 10 crewmembers died. The others survived the war in a german camp. The last one died in 2006 (co-pilot Don Falk)

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Old 09-28-2012, 02:25 AM   #3702
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Saw the Lancaster in action during the Airhow in Fairford (UK)





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Old 09-28-2012, 02:27 AM   #3703
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Just had to post this! The only de Havilland Mosquito flying in the world. Beautifully restored here in NZ - soon to be sent Stateside to it's lucky owner. Really wish I could pop up to Auckland tomorrow to see it being put through it's paces...

I really would like to see that one live ... The only problem is that it's on the other side of the world for me
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:53 AM   #3704
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A recent airshow over here celebrating the 75th anniversary of our airbase. Shame we don't have much of an airforce anymore but a lot of people that love old planes. Had some cool visitors for the show - Ozzie Hornets and a couple C-17's etc...I flattened 2 camera batteries and ended up having to use my phone for a couple...













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Old 09-28-2012, 03:59 AM   #3705
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