Aviation History

FORTRESS FLYING

our first impression upon entering a B-17 bomber is of its cramped confines—this airplane was not built for comfort. Every nook and cranny seems jammed with equipment as you maneuver through the fuselage, take a seat and buckle up. Your next impression comes as the Wright Cyclones

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All-woman Afghan Airline Flight
Aviation history was made on February 24 when a Boeing 737-500 of Kam Air, Afghanistan’s only private airline, left Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, flew 350 nautical miles and landed at Herat 90 minutes later. The two pilots and four-mem
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South Pacific Air War, Volume 4
by Michael Claringbould and Peter Ingman, Avonmore Books, 2021, $46.95. The fourth in Michael Claringbould and Peter Ingman’s detailed and profusely illustrated series about air combat in the South Pacific focuses on the first of Japan’s forays into
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A Red Devil’s Odyssey
Hopper told a gathering of fellow Harvard University alumni that his “long record” of close calls had begun in World War I when, in his mid-20s, he served as a bomber pilot with the U.S. Army Air Service (USAS) in northeastern France. He said that in