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Classic Aircraft

Category Classic Aircraft

Seventy-Plus Year Old Aircraft Designs!

By: Category: AirlinersAntiqueAviation HistoryBusiness AviationClassic AircraftGeneral AviationLockheedPhoto ScrapbooksSeaplanes

Mooney M-18 Mite – 1947

Yes, that’s right. All of these aircraft were designed at least seventy years ago… in 1950 or earlier. Many examples of these aircraft are are still commonplace at airports around the world, although they might be much younger in years than the original prototypes. Under each photo is the manufacturer and the year that the first prototype of the aircraft flew.  Its hard to believe that some models are approaching three quarters of a century of usefulness!

Ford Trimotor – 1925

Fairchild FC-2-W2 – 1927

Monocoupe 90A – 1927

Fleet 2 – 1928

Bellanca CH300 Pacemaker – 1929

Curtiss Wright Travel Air 4D – 1929

Curtiss Wright Travel Air 4000 – 1929

Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 – 1929

WACO ATO – 1929

Pilgrim 100B – 1931

WACO YKC – 1931

Pitcairn PA-18 – 1932

Junkers 52/3...

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EAA’s AirVenture 2021 = EAA AirVenture 2020 (Plus One) And Then Some!

By: Category: Air Show PerformersAirports Around the WorldAirshowsAntiqueAviation HistoryBusiness AviationClassic AircraftContemporary AircraftEAA AirVentureGeneral AviationHelicoptersMilitaryU.S. Air ForceWarbird

The AirVenture 2020 aviation celebration in Oshkosh, Wisconsin was forced to be cancelled over health concerns associated with the Covid 19 crisis. There were a number of milestones which would have been celebrated during last year’s gathering.

There will be a 2021 AirVenture, and many of the 2020 milestones will be brought forward and celebrated this year. In fact, many news releases for this year’s AirVenture include anniversaries with a “(Plus One)” distinction!

Here’s a quick look at some of the celebrations and anniversary themes that will be presented during the 2021 EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh. The (Plus One) indicates that 2020 is the real anniversary… either from the EAA’s media releases or by this editor.

Please note that these are planed events and performers, and n...

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Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing… Civilian Aircraft Designs in Military Use, Part One

By: Category: AirlinersAviation HistoryClassic AircraftGeneral AviationMilitary

The Nord 262 was a French-designed and built airliner adapted for military transport duties for the French Air Force.

Many times in history have aircraft, designed for the civilian market, been adopted for military use. Especially during the early part of World War II, civilian aircraft were pressed into use as transports and liaison aircraft before new production aircraft could be utilized. Civilian designs were modified on production lines for military use, like the Piper Cub – a civilian training aircraft modified into the L-4 Grasshopper – as well. The Douglas DC-3/DST is another example of a successful adaptation that became the C-47 and C-53.

The DHC-2 Beaver became an important military transport as the L-20 Beaver.

Inversely, the Canadian designed and built DHC-2 Beaver began i...

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