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When Hollywood Ruled The Skies - Volumes 1 through 4 by Bruce Oriss


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:26 am 
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The Air & Space Reader Scrapbook has some great images that have been added by the public. Sadly they are only available at low res, but there's a lot of gems there. Here's a few that caught my eye. (Link to the page below the image.)

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Martin Snyder of Dublin, California sent in a number of photographs chronicling his long career in aviation. His career as an aeronautical engineer took him all over the country: from the east coast (Naval Air Test Center in Maryland) to the west coast (Lockheed California Company in California). Here, we'll take a look back at some of his more memorable aviation memories... Of this aircraft, Martin writes, "[A] Hughes H-4 Spruce Goose at Long Beach, California Harbor at the time of its first and only flight."

http://www.airspacemag.com/reader-scrap ... art=73&c=y

Note for A&S Eds - there 'aint no 'a' but it's 'the' H-4.

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Ed Gronenthal of Renton, Washington, writes: "My father took this photo of a P-47 on Guam at the end of WWII. He was in the Navy Seabees, and photography was his hobby."

http://www.airspacemag.com/reader-scrap ... rt=361&c=y


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Martin Snyder of Dublin, California, writes: "This is a cropduster aircraft I came across in 1950 at an airshow in Panama City, Florida. It was a Vultee BT-13/15 Valiant modified into a biwing aircraft. I'm sure that it was a one-of-a-kind, homebuilt aircraft. Note that the upper wing has a much shorter wingspan than the lower wing. It does not have ailerons but it does have flaps that are mechanically attached to the lower wing flaps. I feel that this biwing configuration was an ingenious means of increasing the wing lift needed to carry a greater weight of dusting material. I wonder if this airplane is still in use, let alone if it still exists."

http://www.airspacemag.com/reader-scrap ... rt=373&c=y


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Daniel L. Berek of Flanders, New Jersey took this photo of "a rare Bristol 170 Freighter awaiting its next load at Terrace, BC, Canada. Hawkair's C-FTPA crashed in 1997. Both pilots were unharmed, but the aircraft was scrapped to keep a sister ship flying."

http://www.airspacemag.com/reader-scrap ... rt=385&c=y


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William J. Bender of Eatonville, Washington, sent in this photo of the British Airways-donated Concorde arriving at the Seattle Museum of Flight on November 5, 2003.

http://www.airspacemag.com/reader-scrap ... rt=205&c=y

That's still history folks!

Plenty more once you start browsing...

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I was told that a crew member placed their uniform hat behind behind the FE's panel while en-route to Seattle. As the plane contracted to its static form the hat should have become a permanent part of the airplane. But someone at the MOF removed it. Any truth to this story?

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