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Issue #57 November/December 2014

Warbird Digest #57 November-December 2014

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Cover Caption: The Sanders' Sea Fury trio above pylon five on the Reno race course following the 2014 National Championship Air Races. All three aircraft competed in the race. Interestingly, the three Sea Furies feature different power plants. Argonaut, flown by Brian Sanders, is powered by a P&W R-2800; 924, flown by Korey Wells, is powered by the original Bristol Centaurus; and Dreadnought; flown by Dennis Sanders, is powered by a P&W R-4360. Photo by: Scott Slocum from his A36 Bonanza flown by Mike Hastings

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Content


Race On  by Joe KatesRace On
by Joe Kates

The 2014 National Championship Air Races did not disappoint fans, as competition between teams within each class played out in the air. In the Unlimited Class the rivalry between generations made 2014 one of the most memorable events in the history of Reno.

Hawker Half Dozen by Ken KulaHawker Half Dozen
by
Ken Kula

A “British invasion” of sorts transpired at the 2014 Reno Air Races as the Sea Fury outnumbered all other types in the Breitling Gold championship race. This article highlights the six Sea Fury teams that took the ramp, from which five qualified and four made it to the “big race.” 

CAZA 6 The Fighting Texan by Nathan Harnagel

CAZA 6 The Fighting Texan
by Nathan Harnagel

Long after it was retired from USAF service, the T-6 Texan continued to serve other nations. Spain utilized the type to train crews and even flew them into combat well into the 1970s. From the handful of Spanish Texans that returned to the United States, Serial No. 49-3305 is one of the few that continues to honor its Spanish history.


Warbirds on Paper by Ann-Marie Loos

Warbirds on Paper
by
Ann-Marie Loos

The Medal of Honor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madras Mojo by Matt Booty

Madras Mojo
by Matt Booty

A recent warbird trend has been the air-to-air photography seminar that offers participants an opportunity to capture calendar worthy images that previously were unobtainable
to aspiring aviation photographers. All necessary ingredients for stunning photography were present during the Erickson Aircraft Collection’s unveiling event in Madras, Oregon. Participant Matt Booty explains the differences that made this seminar a big hit.

Aviator's Advocate by Stephanie Carlson

Aviator's Advocate

by Stephanie Carlson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS IS IT! by Stephen Chapis

THIS IS IT!

by Stephen Chapis

In 2012 Paul Besterveld completed a three year restoration of an ex-Cavalier Mustang that now honors one of the least known aces of the 352nd Fighter Group. This story pays homage to the World War II pilot, Colonel Joe Mason, documents the recent restoration, and introduces the proud owners who are living out their dream to fly a Mustang and to honor the history it represents.

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

Triple India - A Honduran Corsair

by Rob Fox

Nearly two decades after he began the restoration of his Corsair, Graham Hosking returned the F4U-5N to flight. Rob Fox, who followed the progress over the years, shares the story of the Fuerza Aérea Hondureña fighter and its restoration to become the only Corsair on the Australian civil registry.


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

"Reel Stuff"

by Ron Kaplan

Voices of Valor Series earns Combs Gates Award ... first episode features WWII triple ace Bud Anderson.










 
 
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