Aviation History

FLOATPLANE BEYOND THE NORM

uring the 1920s and ’30s, the Imperial Japanese Navy became fixated upon how to defeat a numerically superior U.S. Navy if war broke out in the Pacific. Its solution was a defense-in-depth in which the U.S. Pacific Fleet would be whittled down by Japanese submarines, long-range aircraft and destroyers, before finally being destroyed by its Combined Fleet in the western Pacific. Complementing that effort would be aircraft operating from Japan’s island possessions, which combined airfields for landplanes with seaplane bases. The

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First Floor: Aircraft Sales
The John Wanamaker Department Store purchased the first Stout 2-AT Pullman aircraft on October 7, 1925. The following day, the New York department store became the first in the nation to sell airplanes “over the counter” as part of its standard line
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AIRWARE Digital Combat Simulator Yak-52
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Rotary-powered Triplane Replica
There are no more original Fokker Dr.I triplanes in existence, but that has not stopped a handful of devoted fans from building and flying replicas of the iconic World War I fighter. Among them is Chris Hill, founder of the Knights of the Sky Foundat