Archive for March 2013

Husky

Husky

Husky The Aviat Husky utility has the distinction of being the only all new light aircraft designed and placed into series production in the United States in the mid to late 1980s. Similar in configuration, appearance and mission to Piper’s venerable Super Cub, the Husky is a

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Extra 300

Extra 300

Extra 300 Extra’s aerobatic light aircraft were designed from the outset for unlimited aerobatic competition flying. The original wooden wing Extra 230 was designed by company founder Walter Extra to meet the requirements of competition pilots with the Swiss Aero Club. First flight occurred during 1983. Unusually

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Bell 47

Bell 47

Bell 47 The Bell 47 was the first helicopter certified for civilian use, on 8 March 1946. It was mostly designed by Arthur M. Young, who joined Bell Helicopter in 1941. More than 5,600 were produced until 1974, including 1,200 under license in Italy, 239 in Japan,

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L 39C(439RS)

L 39C(439RS)

L 39C(439RS) The Czechoslovakian L-39 was built as the successor to their earlier trainer, the L-29 Delfin. Design work began in 1966, and the first prototype made its initial flight on 4 November 1968. The idea of the design was to marry an efficient, powerful turbofan engine

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L 39C(339RS)

L 39C(339RS)

L 39C(339RS) The Czechoslovakian L-39 was built as the successor to their earlier trainer, the L-29 Delfin. Design work began in 1966, and the first prototype made its initial flight on 4 November 1968. The idea of the design was to marry an efficient, powerful turbofan engine

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MiG 17

MiG 17

MiG 17 The Soviet MiG-17 fighter was designed to be more stable than its predecessor, the MiG-15. When it first appeared, Western analysts gave it the Allied codename “Fresco-A” and thought it to be nothing more than a lengthened MiG-15. It was, in fact, a new design

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MiG 15

MiG 15 In 1948, the Soviet MiG design bureau developed a high-performance jet fighter design called the I-310. It incorporated some advanced features, such as a 35-degree wing sweep, and it promised to be a sprightly performer. However, the design lacked one essential component: A suitable engine.

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N3N

N3N

N3N The N3N was the last biplane to see service with the United States. Built by the Naval Air Factory, a Navy-run manufacturing complex, it was produced to replace the Consolidated NY-2s and -3s operated in the 1920s. The N3N would be the last mass-produced aircraft built

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SNJ

SNJ

SNJ The North American T-6 Texan was known as “the pilot maker” because of its important role in preparing pilots for combat. Derived from the 1935 North American NA-16 prototype, a cantilever low-wing monoplane, the Texan filled the need for a basic combat trainer during WW II

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T-28 Trojan

T-28 Trojan

T-28 Trojan When the United States Air Force set out to replace the old model T-6 Texan trainers, North American was hired to complete the task. What they presented was the Model NA-159 piston-engined trainer; a design that was so successful that it was responsible for gaining

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