Ivan Bratukhin’s Omega II

by Daniel Russ on August 15, 2018

In the age of early Soviet power, 1930, Ivan Bratukhin graduated from the Moscow Higher Technical Institute, and joined the Moscow Aviation Institute where he eventually taught. In 1932 at the Central Aerodynamics Institute he began creating some of the fist vertical flight rotor propelled aircraft. He pioneered aviation chapters like transverse rotor configurations, and […]

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The Nazi King

by Daniel Russ on August 11, 2018

  Edward VIII was one of the largest embarrassments of British Royalty in all of history. He was, like so many in the Trump administration, an admirer of Nazis. This was at a difficult time for England as Germany had not only exercised what amounted to an unannounced replevin of the Sudetenland, he had threatened […]

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The Maps Of Ernest Dudley Chase

August 7, 2018
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  Ernest Dudley Chase (1878-1966) was a greeting card illustrator that was success at creating oversized maps of massive areas and projects. They are wonderful and were used by the War Department. Entrepreneur, patriot and an ad guy.         Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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Letter to Wife, WWII

August 3, 2018
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Mary Ellis, Last WWII Female Spitfire Pilot Dies.

July 29, 2018
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Mary Ellis was a wisp of a woman, about 5 feet tall, and looked “smashing” as one colleague described her in a flight suit. She was part of anew squadron created to help move combat aircraft from the factories to the airfields deployed all over the European continent. So she would for example, fly a […]

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The Northrop X-21

July 24, 2018
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          Wikipedia: ” The Northrop X-21A was an experimental aircraft designed to test wings with laminar flow control. It was based on the Douglas WB-66D airframe, with the wing-mounted engines moved to the rear fuselage and making space for air compressors. The aircraft first flew on 18 April 1963 with NASA test pilot Jack Wells at the controls.[1] Although useful testing […]

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Political Cartoons From The Left

July 20, 2018
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The Avro 729 Interceptor

July 15, 2018
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    The Avro 729 was a Canadian and British attempt to create a Cold War high altitude high speed jet bomber and interceptor. It was supposed to use a rocket engine for quick take offs and then handover acceleration. It was the odd mix of jet and rocket technology that placed extremely combustible explosives […]

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The Odd Beauty of Military Boneyards

July 10, 2018

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The Short SB 4 Sherpa

July 6, 2018
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Aviation engineers were beginning to work on ways of reducing the drag on swept wing aircraft configurations.  One radical wing configuration was born to maintain a constant angle of incidence. The Sherpa, had a single wing and no rear horizontal stabilizers. The wing had  rotating tips on wingtip elevator/airlerons. The hope was to create wing […]

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The Short Brothers SC 1 VTOL Test Bed

July 2, 2018
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      One has to recognize how robust British military aviation engineering has been through the history of aviation and in particular through the cold war. The Short Brothers built a perfect prototype Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft. The SC1 was powered by five engines. Four Rolls Royce RB 108 turbojets to control […]

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Korea Is Not Just The Forgotten War. It Is The Odd War.

June 28, 2018
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Marines at Yudam-Ni Douglas McArthur fell into a trap engineered by Mao Tse Tung and his combat planners. The Korean War began on the 25th of June 1950 and ended on July 27th 1953. It was a bloody back and forth struggle between local, poor and mostly uneducated masses and the United Nations combined force […]

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The Bell D-188

June 24, 2018
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In 1955 it was engineers at Bell Aircraft that received a US government contract to develop at short take-off and landing four engine Mach 2 jet fighter/bomber/interceptor. It was slow to prototype and for a lot of reasons the USAF fell out of love with the notion of what would become the F-109. Related Posts:Stay […]

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Developing The XF-108 Rapier

June 18, 2018
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A-5 Vigilante     XF-108 Concept   XF-103   To the Cold War aviation engineers, speed was everything. So it is not surprising that as early as 1949 the USAF was issuing contracts to prototype Mach 3 interceptors. In fact the XF-103 was also known as the 1954 Interceptor, an all-weather radar equipped weapons platform […]

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The A-10 Warthog Destroyed 14 Tank Battalions And 83 Artillery Batteries In Just One War.

June 13, 2018
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    The A-10 is exceptionally tough, designed to withstand armor piercing and or high explosive shells from small arms to 23  AP and explosive projectiles up to 23 mm. It has redundant hydraulic controls, and mechanical flight capability if flight by hydraulics is not possible.  It can fly on one engine, with half of one […]

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Orde Wingate

June 8, 2018

  Nothing paints a struggle quite like taking a moment to. Look at casualty and lost lists. There was never a more brutal fight between two nations like there was between Japan and the United States. The environments were fetid, swampy, inundated with natural predators and configured to hide indigenous defenders. The slug fest here […]

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D-Day Invasion Maps

June 6, 2018
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The Slug Fest That Began At Pearl Harbor.

June 3, 2018

  Nothing paints a struggle quite like taking a moment to look at casualty and lost lists. There was never a more brutal fight between two nations like there was between Japan and the United States. The environments were fetid, swampy, inundated with natural predators and configured to hide indigenous defenders. Both soldiers were filled […]

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The Dunne D.8, (Or The AH-10)

May 30, 2018
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              This tailless swept-wing aircraft designed by John William Dunne from 1908 and produced since 1912 in the USA under license by Burgess was way ahead of its time. It could be one of the world’s first flying wings. J.W. Dunne’s first swept wing tailless biplane weas the Dunne […]

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The DH-20 Foldable Medevac Helicopter

May 24, 2018
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    Douglas Aircraft engineer Bruce Del Mar, conceived and constructed the DH-20 actually an adaption of an earlier prototype and it was called the DH-2Whirlymite. The DH-20 was intended as a Medvac tool capable of transporting a pilot and two passengers, or a pilot and one patient in a litter. The DH-20 had twin […]

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