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Issue #56 September/October 2014

Warbird Digest #56 September-October 2014

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Cover Caption:
Brain Reynolds flying his newly restored FG-1D Corsair, BuNo. 92436, over the heavily wooded terrain near Olympia, Washington. The extensive effort was undertaken by Airpower Unlimited in Jerome, Idaho.
Photo: James Reader from a Beech Bonanza owned and flown by Ray Debs.


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WAS THAT TOO FAST -- A Korean War Mustang  by Nicholas A. Veronico and Greg MoreheadOlympic Corsair
by Brad Pilgrim

The Olympic Flight Museum’s FG-1D Corsair was in need of significant maintenance after a decade of faithful service. When museum president Brian Reynolds decided it was time to return the bent wing bird to its former glory, he entrusted Brad Pilgrim, a passionate Corsair devotee, to oversee the project in conjunction with John Lane’s restoration shop, Airpower Unlimited



MiG Fever by Nathan Harnagel"The Tinker Belle" Hump Workhorse
Stephen Chapis

One of the unsung heroes of victory in World War II was the massive Curtiss C-46 Commando. Critical to success in the China-India-Burma (CBI) Theater of Operations was the aerial supply line that depended on C-46 crews to brave the enemy, bad weather, and the daunting Himalayan Mountains. One of those brave young pilots was Carl Constein, who recently shared his story with Warbird Digest during a unique reunion with the C-46 known as The Tinker Belle, which is owned by the city of Monroe, NC and operated by Warriors and Warbirds.

Warbirds on Paper by Ann-Marie Loos

Warbirds on Paper

The Fight in the Clouds" by James Busha





Warbirds on Paper by Ann-Marie Loos

A Minute in History
Ann-Marie Loos

The Battle of Eniwetok - Operation Catchpole



Tough Old dog by Stephen Chapis

Tough Old Dog
by Stephen Chapis

Among Gerald Yagen’s fantastic warbird collection is a unique Douglas AD-4 Skyraider that, if it could talk, would have many stories to tell. From combat over Korean skies to a UFO encounter, and later surviving decades of neglect to be restored and flown once again, this amazing “Able Dog” is rich with Naval Aviation heritage.


Taming the Tiger by Nathan Harnagel

Taming the Tiger by Nathan Harnagel

During World War Two the de Havilland Tiger Moth was the British equivalent of America’s iconic PT-17 Stearman. In this review of the venerable Tiger Moth, Nathan Harnagel offers historical background, and then follows it up with a flight assessment that includes both sensory observations and operational guidelines.



Aviator's Advocate by Stephanie Carlson

Aviator's Advocate

by Stephanie Carlson






Planes of Fame's New Swiss Miss the Pilatus P-2 by Mark Carlson

Air Shows & Events - September & October 2014




Aviator's Advocate by Stephanie Carlson

Daks Over Normandy

by Lyle Jansma

Generations of all nationalities converged upon the soil of Normandy, France, to remember the sacrifices made by young men fighting to free the world from Nazi tyranny. One of the highlights of the commemorations took place in the skies above, as C-47s flew across the channel in formation to mark the 70th anniversary of the greatest airborne operation in history. Lyle Jansma was there to artistically and masterfully record the events.

2014 EAA AirVenture Award Winners

EAA’s AirVenture yielded some welcome surprises in the 2014 judging results. See who took home bragging rights from the iconic event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


Reel Stuff - When I have Your Wounded - review by Ron Kaplan

"Reel Stuff"

by Ron Kaplan

"When I have Your Wounded" Vividly tells the Dustoff story, then and now.


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