Airborne Awesomosity

Twin Wasp

The most-produced piston engine ever, thanks to its use on the Consolidated B-24 Liberator and Douglas DC-3, the Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp is an impressive demonstration of American ingenuity.

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Moments in History

Abandoned Catalina

On the coast of northwestern Saudi Arabia sits the rotting carcass of a PBY-5A Catalina sea plane. While the photos are interesting, the story of how it got there is even moreso.
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Military Surplus

Operation Aphrodite

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B-17 drone

Take one war weary B-17, stuff in one pilot and 20,000 pounds of explosives. Then have the pilot bail out and hand the controls over, remotely, to another bomber flying nearby. This was Operation Aphrodite

 

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Airborne Awesomosity, Military Surplus

What If The B-29 Had Failed, What Were The Backups?

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Consolidated B-32 Dominator

 

The B-29 Superfortress was the most complex aircraft built during the 40’s; because of this the US Air Force wanted some other aircraft as insurance against its failure.

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