The Avro 729 Interceptor

by Daniel Russ on 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

by Daniel Russ on 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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The DFS 193

May 20, 2018
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  The DFS 193 was designed to be a two-seat tailless airplane, with a high wing monoplane that allowed the pilot to see unnocluded. Therefore this was designed as an observation plane.  designed to explore the military potential of this layout. It was powered with a 240 hp engine This plane was cool, like all of […]

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Riout 102T Alérion Ornithopter

May 15, 2018
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  French engineer René Louis Riout built ornithopters, or aircraft that mimicked flapping wings to achieve flight. This was his first ornithopter, the DuBois Riot  and it was constructed in 1913. Spoiler alert: Its development was delayed because World War I broke out. It never achieved sustained flight, and it crashed. After the war, Riout […]

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The Piaggio P.D.4

May 9, 2018

  A prototype helicopter was undergoing flight trials by the Piaggio company. It was called the P.D.4, a new helicopter design that featured a tandem-rotor design. The power plant as an eight-cylinder engine at the rear The four seat P.D.4 was equipped with 450hp Alpha Romeo engine in the only prototype. This was remvoed and […]

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Make No Mistake, When The Enemies Were Upon Them Napoleon’s Forces Ran Like The Rest.

May 5, 2018

  At Waterloo, Napoleon was ill. He had gout, dysuria, and hemorrhoids. His back hurt atop the horse, but he needed to be seen by commanders and he needed to be vertically high enough to see the battlefield unfolding before him. When this most famous battlefield was over, he evacuated as another almost anonymous soldier […]

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Hitler’s Table Talks Reveal Why He Insisted On Invading Russia.

May 1, 2018
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          Several people around Hitler most notably Martin Bormann, convinced him to let them record his ramblings for posterity. These recordings were called Hitler’s Table Talk. They are absolutely fascinating.   I became Chancellor of the Reich at 43 and I’m only 52 today. With age optimism gets weaker… the spring […]

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We Could Use A Little Thomas Paine Now

April 27, 2018
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    I have begun reading old texts now. The Odyssey, Genesis, Napoleon’s writings about his lordship and his campaigns. I advise you to open up Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. Here are some excerpts and brother do we ever need thinking like this today.   TO MY FELLOW-CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: I […]

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Napoleon’s Ample Self Esteem.

April 23, 2018
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  Napoleon was a workaholic. He planned warfare all day and all night when he wasn’t attending high state affairs. He woke and slept at odd hours and when he asked for an aide to show up, they had to be ready. A position as an aide to napoleon was no sinecure. In fact, it […]

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