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Prototype Progress: Mirage IV

In 1956, the Air Technical and Industrial Direction of the French government launched a competition for the design of a supersonic bomber, capable of carrying the French nuclear arm, and intended to equip the Strategic Air Force Squadrons. The competition … Continue reading

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The Crash of the Bell X-5

The Bell X-5 was the first aircraft capable of sweeping its wings in flight. It was a single-place transonic jet-powered aircraft, capable of sweeping back its wings from 20 degree to 60 degree and back. Its mission was to study … Continue reading

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Lockheed XF-104

On 12 December 1952, the USAF issued a General Operational Requirement for a lightweight air-superiority fighter to replace the North American F-100 in the Tactical Air Command beginning in 1956. Lockheed, Republic, North American and Northrop submitted proposals. Lockheed’s proposal … Continue reading

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De Havilland DH.108

On 15 May 1946, the de Havilland DH.108 registered TG283 made its first flight, taking off from the RAF emergency airfield at Woodbridge. It was flown by the company’s chief test pilot Geoffrey de Havilland Jr. The flight lasted half … Continue reading

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Bell X-22A

The X-22A was built by Bell Aerospace Textron for research into the applications of ducted propellers for VTOL flight. It was designed under the direction of Bell engineer Vincent Praxhia at the company’s Wheatfield, Niagara Falls plant, and two aircraft … Continue reading

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Sud-Ouest SO-6000 Triton

Origins and Purpose The design of France’s first jet-powered aircraft, the Sud-Ouest SO-6000 Triton, was begun as early as 1943 by Lucien Servanty and his team, working secretly during the German occupation of France. On 15 December 1944, SNCASO was … Continue reading

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Gloster Javelin WD804

WD804, the First Gloster Javelin Evolved in response to Specification F44/46 which was issued on 24 January1947, and which later matured as the F4/48, the Gloster Javelin was designed as a twin-engine twin-seat night fighter capable of intercepting enemy aircraft … Continue reading

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