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Issue #53 March/April 2014

Warbird Digest #53 March/April 2014

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Cover Caption: RSW Group of Phoenix, Arizona, is the home of the only available inventory of RAF surplus Shorts Tucano T.Mk.1s. Here three Tucanos fly along the cliffs above Apache Lake in Southeast Arizona. Flying Tucano #200 (foreground) is Lee Leet. Tucano #266 is flown by Cary "Moto" Venden. In the number three position flying Tucano #208 is Duane "Bones" Pinney of SGL Aviation. Providing the photo platform, a beautiful T-34, was owner/pilot Tom Mitchell. Photo: Greg Morehead

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This Turkey Can Fly -- A TBM Avenger Restoration by Greg MoreheadThis Turkey Can Fly -- A TBM Avenger Restoration by Greg Morehead
The number of TBM Avengers listed as flyable total about 30 and about half that many are actually flown regularly. One of the handful being restored was recently completed, and what a beauty it is! This is the story of Charlie Cartledge's fifteen year odyssey that transformed a wreck into a masterpiece.

 

 

 


Shorts Tucano Back In Action by Greg MoreheadShorts Tucano Back In Action
by Greg Morehead

When a recent British force reduction made a number of Shorts Tucano trainers available on the civilian market, RSW Group of Phoenix, Arizona, saw the niche opportunity they couldn't pass up. Warbird Digest visited RSW to learn about the amazing Tucano, to photograph them, and to experience first-hand the performance that makes it a serious player in warbird and military markets.




The Fastest Warbird -- Red Baron F-104 by Stephen ChapisThe Fastest Warbird -- Red Baron F-104
by
Stephen Chapis

The F-104 was the ultimate example of the lust for speed that made other capabilities secondary in aircraft development during the Cold War. Aviation legend Darryl Greenamyer, along with a team that shared his dream, conspired to set a new world speed record in a special F-104 Starfighter. Thirty six years later that record remains unbeaten.

 

 

 

 


ACE Allisons - V1710 with a Difference by Dan WhitneyACE Allisons - V1710 with a Difference
by Dan Whitney


Bud Wheeler has been building Allison V-12s for over thirty years. His intimate knowledge of the V1710, coupled with his experience and mechanical aptitude, have resulted in many innovations that make today's engines more reliable than ever.

 

 

Gloster Gauntlet GT-400 by Luigino CaliaroGloster Gauntlet GT-400
by Luigino Caliaro

The final generation of British biplanes included the Gloster Gauntlet, which was still in service at the outbreak of World War II. A handful of these rugged airplanes found their way to Finland, where one lone survivor still flies to represent the breed.

 


Detroit Ace by Stephen Chapis

Detroit Ace by Stephen Chapis
The final chapter of Lt. Urban "Ben" Drew's life was punctuated by seven black horses pulling his flag covered casket in a caisson accompanied by eight soldiers. Prayers were offered, a flag was folded and presented, three rifle volleys rang out, and a P-51 roared overhead. Steve Chapis takes on a journey through the life of an American hero.

 

 



Reel Stuff: How to Film a Warbird That Never was - Convair's Forgotten Model 49 soon to Soar on Screen 
by Ron Kaplan

"Reel Stuff" -- How to Film a Warbird That Never was... Convair's Forgotten Model 49 soon to Soar on Screen
by Ron Kaplan

 




 
 
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