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    AFL205 - McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo

    AFL205 - McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo

    A silver streak flashes over the Air Force Base at Muroc, California. The slim, shark-bellied McDonnell XF-88 is unveiled as another advance in America's air mastery. The twin-jet penetration fighter is capable of operating deep inside enemy territory...

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    AFL206 - Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

    AFL206 - Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

    The answer to a need for larger and faster commercial and military airlifters was provided by, among others, the Douglas aircraft company with its military C-74 and C-124 cargo planes. The C-124 evolved from an earlier Douglas design, the C-74...

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    AFL208 - Bell P-59 Airacomet

    AFL208 - Bell P-59 Airacomet

    The Airacomet was the first jet aircraft built for the US Military. As a fighter, the P-59 died in infancy without the opportunity to prove its worth, overtaken by progress for which the P-59 itself had become a symbol. Yet as America's first jet-powered...

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    AFL209 - North American P-51H Mustang

    AFL209 - North American P-51H Mustang

    The North American Aviation Corporation's series of "Lightweight" Mustangs, the XP-51F, XP51G, XP-51J, and ultimately the P-51H, came as a result of North American's further development of their standard P-51A and B/C designs. These efforts were the...

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    AFL212 - North American F-86H Sabre Hog

    AFL212 - North American F-86H Sabre Hog

    The F-86 Sabre is well know for its success during the Korean conflict. The F-86H was built in relatively small numbers (475); its service with front line squadrons of the USAF was brief but it had a long service with the Air National Guard. Its service...

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    AFL217 - Curtiss Ascender XP-55

    AFL217 - Curtiss Ascender XP-55

    The Curtiss XP-55 Ascender was a tailless swept-wing WWII pusher fighter design born out by the USAAC 1940 fighter competition. The USAAC was looking for a fighter to counter the threat of the German Bf-109 and the Japanese Zero and replace the obsolete...

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    AFL218 - Lockheed F-94 Starfire

    AFL218 - Lockheed F-94 Starfire

    The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was developed from the Lockheed TF-80C/T-33 two seat trainer version of the famed P/F-80 Shooting Star. It was redesigned around a afterburning engine and a Hughes nose mounted radar system to become a interim all-weather night...

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    AFL219 - Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech

    AFL219 - Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech

    The XF-84H was derived from the RF-84F as a supersonic propeller test vehicle driven by an afterburning Allison XT-40 turboprop engine. Two aircraft were built and briefly tested as noise produced by the propeller even at idle was too severe for safe...

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    AFL221 - Consolidated Vultee XB-46

    AFL221 - Consolidated Vultee XB-46

    The Consolidated Vultee (Convair) XB-46 was a four-jet medium bomber built to a 1944 USAAF requirement. It was the largest of the four different bombers built to this requirement. The other three were the North American XB-45, the Boeing XB-47 and the...

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    AFL223 - Douglas C-74 Globemaste

    AFL223 - Douglas C-74 Globemaste

    The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 brought U.S. Army Air Corps strategists to the realization that a new global transport was needed to carry large loads over great distances. The Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, California,...

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    AFL224 - North American B-45 Tornado

    AFL224 - North American B-45 Tornado

    This 264-page book about the North American B-45 is generously illustrated with 267 drawings, 355 photos, of which 15 are color aircraft images, and color drawings of 33 insignia of units which flew the Tornado. The book is presented in 12 chapters...

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    AFL226 - Marin XB-48

    AFL226 - Marin XB-48

    In 1944, the Army issued requirements for a jet-propelled medium bomber which eventually spawned four aircraft. These were the North American B-45 (see Air Force Legends 224), Convair XB-46 (see Air Force Legends 221), Boeing B-47, and the Martin XB-48...

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    AFL228 - Northrop F-20 Tiger Shark

    AFL228 - Northrop F-20 Tiger Shark

    The F-20 was conceived as the next evolution of the Fighter for Export (FX), a concept that had been in place for over 50 years and a formalized U.S. government policy for over 25 years.  Northrop invested $1.2 billion of its own money on that policy...

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    NF004 - Douglas F3D/F-10 Skynight

    NF004 - Douglas F3D/F-10 Skynight

    The first protoype was trucked from El Segundo to Murdoc Dry Lake (Edwards AFB). Its design had been refined into a bulbous shape which gave rise to the nickname "Willy the Whale". While the Air Force held discussions on the A-3's and its possible use,...

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    NF009 - Chance Vought F6U Pirate

    NF009 - Chance Vought F6U Pirate

    It was 1944, and a new age in aviation was dawning in the European skies, the jet age. As more German jets appeared in combat, it became a foregone conclusion that Japan would be producing them too. These facts prompted the Navy to issue a requirement...

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    NF012 - McDonnel F3H Demon

    NF012 - McDonnel F3H Demon

    The McDonnell F3H Demon is probably the least remembered modern Naval fighter, even though it was our first true all-weather missile fighter. When the weather prevented the agile F8U, F4D and F11F from flying, the Demon could still be launched. A...

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    NF014 - Convair T-29/C-131 Samaritan

    NF014 - Convair T-29/C-131 Samaritan

    The T-29/C-131 series of aircraft was one of the military's many cost-saving examples of purchasing existing civil and commercial designs for their utility and transport needs. The first military Conviar-Liner was accepted on March 8, 1950. Military...

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    NF020 - Grumman AF Guardian

    NF020 - Grumman AF Guardian

    In 1953, the mainstay of carrier-based anti-submarine warfare (ASW) forces in the Navy were represented by a pair of Grumman AF-2W and AF-2S Guardians flying as a hunter-killer team and operating from an escort carrier of the Commencement Bay(CVE-105)...

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    NF022 - North American AJ Savage

    NF022 - North American AJ Savage

    The North American AJ "Savage" came into being as a direct result of the greatest Navy and Government controversy since Billy Mitchell and the Battleships. This controversy was over the future Nuclear strike capabilities of the Navy, if any.

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    NF035 - Douglas F5D-1 Skylancer

    NF035 - Douglas F5D-1 Skylancer

    The Douglas F5D-1 Skylancer was a progressive development of the F4D-1 Skyray. Many people believe that the Skylancer was a faster and better choice than its competitor, the Vought F8U Crusader. They believe that it had inherently better stretch...

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    NF036 - Douglas XTB2D-1 Skypirate

    NF036 - Douglas XTB2D-1 Skypirate

    Bob Kowalski continues the saga of the Bomber Torpedo (BT) program and the similar Scout Bomber (SB) program with the obscure story of the Douglas XTB2D-1 "SkyPirate". The story started in Naval Fighters #24, Martin AM-1/-1Q Mauler and continued with...

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    NF038 - Curtiss SC-1/2 Seahawk Floatplane

    NF038 - Curtiss SC-1/2 Seahawk Floatplane

    The last of the aircraft designed for use as eyes of the fleet, this was the fastest, highest climbing, heaviest armed, most maneuverable "EYE" the Navy ever had. This aircraft had no tail hook but it still went aboard ships. It was used for many roles...

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