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    Spitfire 2013

    Spitfire 2013

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    FLIGHT JOURNAL PRESENTS SPITFIRE ...

    A special issue devoted to what is arguably the most beautiful, but at the same time, lethal fighter of WW II.

    Hear the voices of those
    who saw WW II through a Spitfire’s gunsight from
    England to India and all points in between. This is a one-of-a-kind collector’s issue that is sure to become a must-have addition for your WW II library.

    As with every issue of Flight Journal, Spitfire sets new standards in stunning photography and never-before-told aerial adventures. And besides being entertaining, insider information about the WW II icon is found on every page. It’ll be a keeper!
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    Pacific Fighters 2003

    Pacific Fighters 2003

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    Yellow Scorpions
    Mustang Combat Over China
    Warren Thompson

    The 530th Fighter Squadron, a.k.a. The Yellow Scorpions, was a thoroghbred P-51 Mustang wing operating in the Chinese theater. In this article, military aviation historian Warren E. Thompson recounts the exploits of these legendary pilots - named the Yellow Scorpians by Japanese radio propagandist "Tokyo Rose."


    P-38 Lightning
    Range, speed, a great gunnery platform - the Lightning had it all!
    Barrett Tillman

    Barrett Tillman gives an overview of the role played by the P-38 Lightning in the Pacific Theater. Includes the stories and first-hand testimonies of many top Lightning aces, information and statistics about each Lightning version, and a look at the important role played by Charles Lindbergh in improving its range.


    Hellcat
    King of the Pacific Fighters
    Barrett Tillman

    More than any other aircraft, the Grumman F6F Hellcat is responsible for the defeat of Japanese air power in the Pacific. Hellcats are credited with shooting down more than 5,200 Japanese aircraft - 40% of the total number of shot down by all U.S. aircraft. Barrett Tillman gives a detailed look at Hellcat history, with a focus on its versatility - serving on carriers and land bases as a dive bomber, night fighter, drone and rocket platform.


    Rising Sun's Fighter Foes
    Japanese pilots list their toughest U.S. adversaries
    Henry Sakaida

    American fighter pilots in the Pacific war fought an enemy whose values and culture differed vastly from their own. Only during the last few years have the voices of the surviving Zero pilots begun to be heard. This article includes commentary from some of Japan's best-known pilots, including Saburo Sakai, Ryoichi Yamada, Sadamu Nomachi and Takeo Tanimizu.


    ""Didn't We Tell You?""
    A Wildcat pilot on patrol is forgotten
    Basil Mott

    Basil Mott launched in his Wildcat from a carrier one wet overcast morning in 1945, on an antisubmarine patrol that turned out to be anything but routine. Unbeknownst to Mott, the mission's planners had forgotten to tell him about a change in course that required him to rendezvous with the carrier in a different location. In the pilot's own words, here is the story of how he handled this dangerous situation.


    F4U Corsair Adventures
    Memories of an F4U pilot
    Darrell Smith

    In this first-person account, Lt. Col. Darrell Smith, USMC, tells of his adventures while flying Marine Corsairs and Buffalos in the Pacific theater with ""Day's Knights"" - VMF-312.


    Saburo Sakai
    Japanese Ace
    Barrett Tillman

    Saburo Sakai was a survivor. One of Japan's notable WW II fighter pilots, Sakai flew combat from 1937 to 1945 ad achieved exceptional success despite terrible injuries and impossible odds. Sakai was better known in the U.S. than in Japan, thanks to the English version of his memoir, ""Samurai."" Sakai was the Imperial Navy's third-ranking ace and Japan's leading fighter pilot to survive the war.


    Marion's Shoes
    USMC ace Marion Carl is shot down and his shoes disappear
    John Bruning

    Marion Carl was the Marine Corps' first ace, flying F4U Wildcats during the heavy fighting around Guadalcanal. John Bruning tells the story of the day Carl was shot down by Zeros and presumed dead by his squadron-mates. Though Carl had successfully bailed out and would eventually find his way back home, his shoes and other personal belogings had been diviied up. Carl recovered everything but the shoes, which had been taken by Commandant, Gen. David Shoup. Shoup kept the shoes throughout the war, insisting their luck was what had kept him alive.


    The Final Kill
    WW II's last victory as told by the P-61 pilot who made it
    Lee Kendall, Eric Schulenberger

    Maj. Lee Kendall tells the story of how his plane, Lady in the Dark, a P-61 night fighter, scored the final two victories of the war - just after the official ending of hostilities, but before word had gotten out to the Japanese. Many never-before-heard details of this event are brought to light.

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    Radio Control Gear Guide 2018

    Radio Control Gear Guide 2018

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    FEATURES

    14 | Guide to Buying Your First RC Car
    Get started in RC with the right ride for you
    By Carl Hyndman

    18 | Project/Traxxas TRX-4
    Taking the Traxxas TRX-4 to the next level
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    24 | Top 10 Homebuilts
    The raddest rides built by YOU
    By the RC Car Action team

    30 | Classic Plastic/Tamiya Bullhead
    One of Tamiya’s unique vehicles is back & ready to provide hours of fun
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    TECH & HOW-TO

    10 1 | How-To/Tune a Nitro Engine
    Get that engine running right every time
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    104 | Getting Started/Essential RC Anatomy
    By the RC Car Action team

    106 | How-To/Get Your Ride Race-Ready
    We show you how to get your rig ready for battle
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    110 | Tech-Know/High Voltage!
    Everything you need to know about batteries
    By Peter Vieira

    DEPARTMENTS

    8 | Starting Line

    10 | Pit Tips

    GEAR GUIDE
    38 | Electric Off-Road Cars & Trucks
    60 | Nitro Off-Road Cars & Trucks
    63 | On-Road Cars & Trucks
    69 | Large Scale
    71 | Electric Motors & Speed Controls
    75 | Engines & Accessories
    76 | Radios & Gear
    82 | Chargers, Batteries & Accessories
    86 | Bodies & Body Accessories
    90 | Wheels & Tires
    97 | Chassis Parts
    98 | Paints, Tools, Hardware & Supplies
    100 | Gear Guide Manufacturers I
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    WWII Bombers

    WWII Bombers

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    In the Theater
    Douglas A-20/DB-7
    Stan Piet

    The A-20 Havoc was designed to fulfill an Air Corps requirement for a speedy, twin-engine attack bomber. Deliveries began in December 1940, and a year later when Pearl Harbor was bombed, the A-20 immediately went to war, first in the Pacific, and then later in North Africa. Stan Piet takes a brief look at the history of this early American WW II bomber.


    The Rugged Fortress
    Life-Saving B-17 Remembered
    Robert W. Browne

    The B-17 had a well-deserved reputation for being rugged and versatile, and it seemed no number of bumps and bruises could ground a Flying Fortress for long. Robert Browne, who flew the B-17 towards the end of the War in Europe, looks back at his piloting days. With sincere affection for his former plane, Browne shares both humorous and gripping anecdotes from his time stationed in England.


    Photo Gallery
    The B-24 Liberator
    Robert F. Dorr

    During the Second World War, the B-24 Liberator was a vital component of the Allied victory. Nevertheless, the plane never seems to have gotten its proper recognition, as it flew in the shadow of its older sister, the B-17 Flying Fortress. The B-24, however, was faster, carried more bombs, and traveled farther. Robert Dorr takes a look at the history of this under-appreciated, yet crucially important, WW II bomber, with the help of a montage of authentic photographs.


    A Shot in the Dark
    Former Enemies Meet 55 Years Later
    Christopher Stuart

    A few days after D-Day, the paths of Luftwaffe fighters Kurt Sch”nfeld and Dieter Schmidt crosses that of British airman Gerald Martin in the skies above Holland as Schmidt shoots down Martin's Lancaster, killing several of his fellow crew members on their last mission of the war. A long chain of events brings the men together again 55 years later, when the former enemies meet in the Netherlands with the opportunity to put the past aside and become friends. Christopher Stuart shares a story of suspense and human nature that spans more than five decades.


    B-29 Stories
    High-Altitude Payback
    Chester Marshall

    When the B-29 Superfortress debuted in combat, it was hailed as the most advanced military aircraft ever built, and, as the next number of years would prove, it managed to live up to that reputation. Through firsthand accounts and personal experience, Chester Marshall, who flew 30 combat missions in the B-29, looks at the history of the Superfortress, and the invaluable role that it played in the Pacific during WW II.


    Photo Gallery
    The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
    Walter Boyne

    The B-17 ""looked right"" as soon as it was unveiled in 1935. Production started slowly, but shot upwards as the threat of war loomed ever closer. The Flying Fortress was constantly being adapted to keep up with the changing times, and it reached its peak with the powerful B-17G. Walter Boyne examines the history of one of the most recognizable crafts of all times, and presents a full gallery of WW II photographs which depict the B-17 in its heyday.


    In the Theater
    North American B-25A
    Stan Piet

    The B-25 is remembered as being the Army Air Force's most successful WW II medium bomber. Although the first B-25s that took to the sky were lightly armed and had fixed, hand-operated machine guns, combat reports quickly dictated changes that, when implemented, saw the B-25 become an amazing weapon. The B-25 will always be remembered, however, for serving as the plane that Jimmy Doolittle and Doolittle's Raiders used to bomb Japan in April 1942.


    Miracle at Beauvais
    Surviving a Midair Collision
    Charles O'Mahoney

    Charles O'Mahony, a B-26 pilot during WW II, recalls a terrible tragedy that occurred in the air over France on St. Patrick's Day 1945. During a routine flight exercise, three B-26s collided in midair. Of the 19 men aboard those three aircraft, 18 died, while the last one - pilot Alex Cordes - miraculously survived unhurt. It was determined that the catastrophe was the result of pilot error on the part of one of the deceased, who had been a ""short-timer."" O'Mahony uses this tale to remind us of the often-unknown dangers of formation flying, which have resulted in numerous unnecessary deaths.


    Bomber Restoration
    Last of its Kind ; B-29 Restoration to Flying Status

    Here, two legendary crafts are examined. First, ""Flight Journal"" takes a look at the only B-26 that remains airworthy today. Formerly piloted by Lt. Col. Howard Smiley, this craft is housed at Kermit Week's Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida. Secondly, the massive restoration effort of a B-29 by former and current Boeing employees is inspected.


    Strategic Bombing
    Success of Failure?
    Barrett Tillman

    While tactical air strikes targeted specific things, a strategic bombing mission is one that is defined as simply dropping bombs on a large area and destroying everything nearby. As conceived by Italian general Guilo Douhet, the initial rationale behind this bold move was to damage the morale of people who knew that, as long as hostilities continued, they would continue to be bombed. Morale isn't the only thing that takes a hit during bombing; the economy also suffers terribly. However, the ghastly price of this bombing is private property and human lives. Barrett Tillman traces the history of strategic bombing, from WW I to the Gulf War, and examines if the dividends it pays are worth the price of the innocent citizenry that suffers.


    Photo Gallery
    The Avro Lancaster
    Dan Patterson

    After the British Army had been ejected from France, Winston Churchill turned his attention to finding an offensive weapon with which to strike at Hitler. Developed from the disappointing Manchester - a twin-engine bomber that failed to live up to expectations --the Lancaster became Britain's most successful bomber. Unfortunately, between 1939 and 1945, despite its successes, the loss rate of Lancasters and their crews were inordinately high.


    B-24 ""Bailout!""
    Not in the Travel Brochure?
    Robert G. DeGroat

    Robert G. DeGroat shares the thrilling story of his final B-24 flight. Flying from Italy to Poland on an incredibly long mission in December of 1944, DeGroat and his crew were forced to bail out of their plane high over Russian territory. The author recalls that landing in Russia was not advised, but being picked up by the Russians would be better than being discovered on the ground by the Germans. As it happened, DeGroat landed dangerously close to the front lines.



    Norden Bomb Sights
    The Pickle Barrel War
    Barrett Tillman

    Developed by Carl Norden and Theodore Barth, the revolutionary Norden bombsight was found in the nose of every WW II U.S. Army bomber, as well as in many Navy aircraft. Although it was to gain fame in B-17s, B-24s, and B-29s, the sight was first deployed in naval torpedo planes before WW II. As successful as the sight eventually became, it took years of development to perfect. For the U.S., maintaining the secrecy of the sight was an utmost priority, and bombardiers had to sign an oath that the sight would not fall into enemy hands. Military historian Barrett Tillman traces the history of this legendary component of WW II bombers that played a crucial role in the course of the war.


    Terrifying Mission to Ploesti
    The Weather was as Deadly as the Flak
    Roger S. McCollester

    B-24 pilot Robert McCollester recalls a bombing mission he flew in 1944 to Romania. Having survived the flak attacks, McCollester figured he was home free. Of course, he never considered the possibility that it would be the weather, not the flak, that caused the greatest problems that day. With an eye for details, McCollester recounts specifics of that March 1944 mission, and recalls the dangers posed by something as simple as a few storm clouds.


    Bomber Defense
    The Myth & Reality
    Donald Nijboer

    The introduction of the B-10 in 1932 marked the launch of the model from which all subsequent bombers were built. Bombers such as the B-10 began a trend that led to the development and widespread use of the powered turret in WW II. Donald Nijboer takes a close look at the development of bombers and turrets, as well the methods that bombers used to protect themselves throughout the Second World War. Specifically, examining RAF, USAAF, and Luftwaffe crafts, Njiboer also offers reflections on the diminished role of turrets and gunners following WW II, as bombers turned their attention towards electronic countermeasures, and eventually stealth technology, to protect themselves.


    V-E Day Party
    Marauder Pilot Meet Bulge Survivors in Brussels
    John Christopher Dinou

    B-26 pilot John Dinou recalls with humor his actions immediately following the announcement of the European cease-fire, which he heard on a French radio broadcast. Dinou recalls the immense feelings of elation and relief that he and his fellow pilots felt, and recalls immediately hightailing it to Brussels to celebrate the end of the war. There he met up with several ground troops, whose stories add a poignant sense of wartime tragedy to this otherwise heart-warming and humorous tale of a young man at the end of war.



    Axis Bombers
    Failed Promise
    Barrett Tillman

    Almost immediately on the heels of WW I, German officials began brainstorming, trying to come up with improvements that could be made in bombing techniques. Despite this jumpstart on the Second World War, Germany and its Axis allies never saw their bombers live up to their potential. Through tactical mismanagement and technical blunders, Japanese and German bombers proved, for the most part, ineffective, and Italian bombers had virtually no effect on the course of the war whatsoever. German attempts to improve their bomber fleets during the war were a typical example of too little, too late. Barrett Tillman examines the history of the Axis bombers, and traces the causes of their overall failures.


    On Final
    A Call for Pilots and Crews
    Stan Piet

    In the late 1930s, an isolationist America suddenly realized that war was brewing in Europe, and, after years of focussing on improving economic conditions at home, President Roosevelt shifted his attention to a rapid revitalization of our armed forces. By the thousands, recruits from all walks of life were pushed through training programs on their way overseas. Unfortunately, as the war drew on, many ""green"" pilots were fed into the expanding airwars, and thousands lost their lives.

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    Monster and Scale Trucks 2016

    Monster and Scale Trucks 2016

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    Monster and Scale Trucks are the hottest segments in RC, and we have combined them to bring you this all-new super informative special issue. Loaded with the latest tech, super useful how-to's, killer projects, the hottest vehicles and aftermarket parts, it's your ultimate Scale Resource!

    FEATURES
    RC Monster Jam World Finals
    Full-size meets RC in a full-on Monster Melee

    PROJECTS
    Avenger Clod Buster
    Tamiya’s classic crusher brings the heat to Monster Jam
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    32 Ford Trail Truck
    The latest trail tech meets custom old-school style

    Trail-Detailed Summit
    Traxxas’ do-all truck gets a weathered look

    Tamiya CC-01
    Baja VeeDub with V-8 muscle

    Mopar Muscle
    This Axial-based monster machine is built for serious side-by-side competition

    Helion Intrusion XLR
    Helion’s first 2WD monster brings unexpected specs for its three-bill price

    Axial RR10 Bomber
    Axial drops the bomb on rock racing

    Losi/Horizon Hobby LST XXL 2 Electric
    Clear! Losi’s mighty monster gets a heavy dose of high voltage

    Thunder Tiger K-Rock MT4
    This caged beast gets down with 6S power and synthetic snarling engine sound

    TEST BENCH
    Pro-Line Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Body for Axial Yeti

    Pit Bull 3.8-Inch Rock Beast XL Tires

    RPM Rock Sliders and Shock Hoop/Body Mounts for Axial SCX10

    WingTote Pro Roller Truck Tote




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    WW II Aces

    WW II Aces

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    Experience, in gripping detail, the real-life stories of WW II shooters and hunters as they flew into combat. Read about triple-ace Don M. Beerbower’s experiences as one of the first to face down the Luftwaffe in his P-51 Mustang, how South African Henry Burke helped keep the Luftwaffe at bay in England with his Spitfire Mk. IX MH434 and how renegade German Walther Dahl’s exploits on the ground matched those in his Fw 190.
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    Crawler Pack - Print

    Crawler Pack - Print

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    Buy all 3 and save $20!
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    RC Short Course Fall 2013

    RC Short Course Fall 2013

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    The Short Course craze has been the RC industry’s fastest-growing segment since its inception a few years ago, and with manufacturers constantly churning out new products in search of the next big thing, the scene shows no signs of slowing down. This issue is packed full of reviews of the latest products and how-to articles to help you stay at the front of the pack. Here are some of the highlights:

    - Five Truck Fight! We pit the hottest 2WD trucks against one another to determine which is best on the track and trails.
    - Short Course King Interview: Up close and personal with four-time National Champion Ryan Maifield
    - We test King Motor’s T2000 40-pound desert racer!
    - In-depth how-to on building a track-ready low-CG Traxxas Slash without breaking the bank.
    - All-inclusive 4x4 power system guide!
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