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Military Aircraft / First flight of the F-39 Gripen in Brazil
« Last post by pampa14 on Today at 02:32:11 PM »
Hello everyone,

Yesterday was a historic day for the Brazilian Air Force. The first Gripen E fighter intended for Brazil made its first flight. Here in this link you will find an extensive and complete article about it with tons of photos, diagrams, infographics and much more. It is worth visiting and reading.

http://aviacaoemfloripa.blogspot.com/2020/09/f-39e-gripen-uma-nova-era-para-fab-tem.html


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Military Aircraft / Pulqui I y Pulqui II 1940's argentine aircraft
« Last post by capsula espacial on September 14, 2020, 07:07:49 AM »

 Dear Friends:
                        the story of two iconic aircraft of Argentine aeronautics, the IAe-27 Pulqui I and the IAe-33 Pulqui II, which with the help of foreigners away from the terror of the II World War, they saw in the South American pampas the fruit of their flying inventions reaching very high with respect to the technology of the time and positioning Argentina to be the sixth country to be able to build jet airplanes, let's enjoy this great aeronautical history.

  https://capsula-espacial.blogspot.com/2020/01/capsula-espacial-n-47-pulqui-i-y-pulqui.html


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Military Aircraft / Grumman F-14 Tomcat & Geometry Variable Wings
« Last post by capsula espacial on September 14, 2020, 07:03:25 AM »
  Dear friends of forum:

  Here is an interesting publication that gives an account of studies on variable geometry wings, especially putting emphasis on the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, an exponent of this type of wings, enjoy it!

            https://capsula-espacial.blogspot.com/2020/06/capsula-espacial-n-52-grumman-f-14.html

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Aviation Books & Other Media / Free digital magazine of aviation
« Last post by capsula espacial on September 07, 2020, 11:37:47 AM »
Hello friends:

                    Entering the following link, you will find the numbers of the digital magazine Cápsula Espacial, although it is about astronautics and space, these are dedicated to aviation. enjoy them !!

                https://capsula-espacial.blogspot.com/search/label/Aviaci%C3%B3n



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Warbirds / B-17 Flying Fortress Technical characteristics, versions
« Last post by capsula espacial on August 20, 2020, 07:01:59 AM »

Fulfilling the choice of our aviation fans we deliver in this publication of Aviation Space Capsule the first of those selected, read here the story of a World War II warrior, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, its technical characteristics, Its large number of versions ranging from bomber to troop transport, shooting drones, electronic warfare, fire extinguishers, postal mail and even used for test benches of experimental engines.

https://capsula-espacial.blogspot.com/2020/06/capsula-espacial-n-51-boeing-b-17.html

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Aviation History / Adventurers of the Skies
« Last post by capsula espacial on August 20, 2020, 06:51:50 AM »

This publication deals with some inventors of those first "heavier than air" created in the late 1800s and first decades of the 20th century and their brave pilots, with steel tempers and with only one goal, to be able to fly like birds. . Reminding them that in order to better read and view all the Space Capsule publications, they should place them in full screen on the reading platform.

https://capsula-espacial.blogspot.com/2019/10/capsula-espacial-n-36-aventureros-de.html

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Military Aircraft / IA-58 Pucará
« Last post by capsula espacial on August 20, 2020, 06:44:20 AM »

In this issue we will see one of the airplanes that the Argentine Air Force still has, the FMA IA-58 Pucará, a twin-turboprop with excellent performance, used by some countries of the Southern Cone, being present in several international exhibitions and being one of the air components used in the Malvinas War having an outstanding performance (despite being an aircraft not suitable for a type of high-density combat such as the South Atlantic War), but it has undoubtedly been one of the best exponents created in the Military Aircraft Factory.


https://capsula-espacial.blogspot.com/2019/10/en-este-numero-veremos-uno-de-los.html

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Military Aircraft / Mirage III History, construction, evoluction
« Last post by capsula espacial on August 20, 2020, 06:38:32 AM »

   Welcome to one more issue of Cápsula Espacial Aviación, where we will see one of the most important aircraft in the history of aviation, the Delta Mirage-III, a high performance interceptor in its time, used in various air forces around the world, being manufactured. Under license and even copied, he participated in several world wars, including the Malvinas War, having an outstanding performance


https://capsula-espacial.blogspot.com/2019/10/capsula-espacial-n-43-mirage-iii.html



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   Fulfilling the choice of our aviation fans we deliver in this publication of Cápsula Espacial Aviación the first of those selected, read here the story of a World War II warrior, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, its technical characteristics, Its large number of versions ranging from bomber to troop transport, shooting drones, electronic warfare, fire extinguishers, postal mail and even used for test benches of experimental engines.

 https://capsula-espacial.blogspot.com/2020/06/capsula-espacial-n-51-boeing-b-17.html


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Warbirds / Microfilm passing Atlantic WWII
« Last post by KESTL on May 18, 2020, 03:14:56 PM »
Hello everyone.

For some time I have been deep in research surrounding the circumstances of a flight, or rather a series of flights, that happened  in 1942. I’m writing this post as I have not been able to come up with a reliable answer to (1) which aircraft were used and (2) on which dates the flights occurred.

My interest in aviation in general started not so long ago, when I saw a video displaying the wonders of the new Microsoft Flight Simulator “game”. It looks absolutely magnificent and their continuing efforts on describing all the mechanics that go into it, keep delivering for a promising true to life experience. I CAN’T WAIT.

I am a classical musician by profession, and I have always been fascinated with the story of how Shostakovich’s 7th symphony made the trip from war torn Russia to United States, for a premiere to be played in New York 4 months after the world premiere. In the last few weeks I have tried to find more information on the specifics of these flights through the book: “Symphony for the city of the dead”, by M.T. Anderson, and the paper: “Flight of the seventh”, also by M.T. Anderson. I have come up with the following (if anyone decides to find leads by themselves or know more please correct me at any step of the way):
Kuybyshev, Russia (present day Samara, Russia)- Tehran, Iran (by plane)
Tehran, Iran - Cairo, Egypt (hired courier by car)
Cairo, Egypt (Payne Airfield) - either Casablanca then Accra or direct to Accra (by plane)
Accra - Recife, Brazil (Ibura airfield) (by plane)
Recife, Brazil - Florida (most likely Miami) (by plane, U.S. Navy)
Florida - Washington DC (by plane)

Anderson explains that the score and parts for the symphony, which were kept on a microfilm, were supposed to leave Kuybyshev on April 9th 1942 in the pocket of a Pan Am Pilot flying himself to Washington DC. However, the pilot in question had not received nor heard of any microfilm, when he, as the microfilm had not turned up in Washington DC, was asked about it.
Eventually it turned up in Washington DC on May 30th 1942 and later went with a Russian agent to New York.

I want to do these flights in a flight simulator, and I would like them to be as historically accurate as possible (I’m still worried about navigating over the Atlantic, though 😖).
The date span is larger than I would expect it to take (April 9th-May 30th). I’m thinking that, as it did not go with the Pan Am pilot on April 9th, it might have stayed in Kuybyshev some time before leaving for Tehran.
Regarding aircraft I would imagine it could be a C-87 taking it over the South Atlantic Air Ferry route with the ACFC (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Transport_Command, see ACFC foreign wing). Over land it seams the C-47/Li-2 is the best bet.

So, I guess my question is:
Are there any publicly available records showing specific cargo flights during this time period?
I would also appreciate some comments on my guess work and would also appreciate some additional guess work from more competent people than myself.

The article “Flight of the seventh” can be read for free at www.academia.edu

Thanks a bunch
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