Category Archives: Aircraft

Posts about specific aircraft.

Curtiss XP-31

Curtiss XP-31

Have you ever had a friend who was getting to be of a certain age, and you noticed that he or she was beginning to slow down, not taking the stairs two-at-a-time anymore, reluctant to stay out late at night, a little more forgetful than usual? (O.K. this applies to a lot of us, but ...

Boeing B-47 – The Most Significant Multi-Jet Aircraft of All Time

Drag chute deployed

Calling the Boeing B-47 “the most significant multi-jet aircraft of all time” might be attributed to the bias of an old B-47 pilot, were it not for the incontrovertible facts of the situation. The Boeing Company took a gigantic gamble to create the B-47. It combined an advanced planform, with wings and horizontal surfaces swept back ...

Rare Bird: The Curtiss A-18

Curtiss A-18

The Curtiss A-18 Shrike: Another Step on the Curtiss Treadmill to Oblivion In 1934 the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company realized at long last that it had barking up the wrong design tree with its modern looking but very heavy all-metal attack planes. Deciding to make a clean start, it made an offer that Donavan R. ...

Rare Bird: The Vultee XP-54 “Swoose Goose”

The "Swoose Goose" in flight

For almost twenty years after the close of World War I in 1918, the Congress of the United States starved its military services, refusing to appropriate enough money to sustain a tiny Army, a minuscule Air Corps and just barely providing enough for the always-favored Navy. Personnel took the hardest hit, with demotions being ...

General Aviation Gamble: the GA-43

GA-43 on wheels

This “Aerial Oddity”, the General Aviation G.A. 43, could not be more conventional, but it was designed by one of the greatest, perhaps most eccentric and certainly the most married engineer in aviation history, Virginius Evans Clark. The creative Lieutenant Colonel Clark was a 1907 graduate of the Naval Academy. He learned to fly in 1913 ...