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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Turkey Can Fly -- A TBM Avenger Restorationby 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.
TucanoBack 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.
-- 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.
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.
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
Detroit Aceby 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