Learning the Legends – Flying the Curtiss P-40 “By the Book” – WW2 Pilots Notes Review

Continuing on from the previous post based around the P-47 operations manual and how a new pilot would have been expected to approach that type. This post adds to the Curtiss series of this site with an insight into how a new pilot would approach the P-40. It should be noted that though this post … Continue reading Learning the Legends – Flying the Curtiss P-40 “By the Book” – WW2 Pilots Notes Review

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The Curtiss Story Part 9 – Birth of the Underdog: the “Long Nose” P-40s

The P-36 design showed great potential in its early testing, but it quickly became apparent that the airframe was limited by the radial engine up front. The basic Hawk airframe was always designed with speed as a target, with the wing design having great development potential. This potential was tapped as part of the testing … Continue reading The Curtiss Story Part 9 – Birth of the Underdog: the “Long Nose” P-40s

Warbird People – Alex Jameison: Learning to Fly the Old Rhinebeck Collection

In aviation circles, there are a number of airfields and collections around the world that capture the imagination and become almost mythical as part of aviation folklore. Old Rhinebeck is most certainly amongst those legends, especially for those with an interest in those early years of aviation right through until the 1930s. Delicately nestled between … Continue reading Warbird People – Alex Jameison: Learning to Fly the Old Rhinebeck Collection

Warbird People – Ed Vesely on Flying the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

This month’s “Warbird People” sees me speak with Ed Vesely, the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Helldiver pilot, a self-described “caretaker of history” who takes on the responsibility of flying this unique airframe and keeping history alive telling the important stories of the veterans that flew the SB2C. Curtiss aircraft throughout the company’s history maintained that … Continue reading Warbird People – Ed Vesely on Flying the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

Airshow Moment – Curtiss P-40C at Duxford

This post marks the fourth Airshow Moments 2017 post to feature a display from a Duxford airshow. This is hardly surprising given the incredible quality of display flying at the venue this past season. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/38605188941/in/album-72157688820126531/ The September show was set to see a pairs display from the Curtiss Hawk 75 alongside the P-40C, a pairing … Continue reading Airshow Moment – Curtiss P-40C at Duxford

Gloster F.5/34 – What Might Have Been

As well as the long running Curtiss series which has formed much of the recent Warbird Tails reflection, I also wanted to focus in on a number of unsung types that narrowly missed their chance to have time to shine and enter production. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/34660976833/in/dateposted-public/ I previosuly took a look at the XF5F Skyrocket, the aerial … Continue reading Gloster F.5/34 – What Might Have Been

Aero Engines of History Part 3: 1920-1936 The Interwar Years

Following on from my previous post looking at WW1 Aero Engines, attention now turns to some of those units used to power the interwar aircraft. These interwar power plants helped aviation design make the transition from the fragile biplane fighters of World War One, right through to the legendary Schneider racers. Armstrong Siddeley LYNX - … Continue reading Aero Engines of History Part 3: 1920-1936 The Interwar Years