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Air Classics December 2018

 

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Spectators at Reno 2018 were treated to the rare sight of Bell P-63A Kingcobra Pretty Polly battling around the pylons. Owned and operated by the Palm Springs Air Museum, the mid-engine fighter was flown by Jim “JD” Dale. P-51D Crusader, flown by J.P. Thibodeau, brings up the rear. Photography by Doug Fisher

 

OTHER FEATURES:

 

MARINER VS. SHARKS

The Marin PBM Mariner is, today, a nearly forgotten US Navy veteran of the deadly war in the Pacific against the Japanese. The Mariner served as a patrol plane, sub hunter, convoy protector, and day/night bomber. The author describes flying the big twin-engine seaplane and then delves into a specific, and tragic, mission / by Clark Duane Roush

 

BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY

Where were the Super Unlimiteds? They weren’t at Reno 2018. We do our yearly in-depth examination of the Reno National Air Races’ Unlimited class and talk with pilots, owners, and crews to get their opinion on the future of air racing / by Scott Germain

 

HOOKED ON AVIATION

For Part Nine of this popular series, we conclude the history of the film I Wanted Wings and its creator, Beirne Lay Jr. Coming out before America’s entry into the Second World War, I Wanted Wings has been compared to Top Gun for its ability to get young men to join the military, learn to fly, and then fight for their country / by Jim Farmer

 

WARBIRD AND CLASSIC REPORT

This month, we see a great deal of news involving the vintage and veteran aircraft world — some good, some bad

 

T.O.C.

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Air Classics brings you the drama and adventure of aviation like no other magazine around. Read first hand historical accounts by the men who lived them in the belly of a B-17 bomber, in the cockpit of a P-51 Mustang and more. Pilots and aircraft aficionados can see some of the world’s best photography of historic aircraft, read about the top aces, the greatest air battles and about their favorite vintage and veteran aviation news.

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