Tails Through Time

Overviews and items of interest from the annals of aviation history.

  1. The Superfortress's Achilles Heel....

    by , 03-03-2014 at 05:20 PM (The Chicken Works: The Aviation Art of JP Santiago)

    The biggest Achilles heel of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress was its Wright R-3350 radial engines- filled with glitches and prone to engine fires, things got so bad at one point that then-Senator Harry S Truman held committee hearings to look into the problem. While the engine design was partly to blame (the crankcase was made of a flammable magnesium metal), Wright Aeronautical was found to be sacrificing quality ...
  2. And the Rest is History...

    by , 02-08-2014 at 03:59 PM (The Chicken Works: The Aviation Art of JP Santiago)

    With the clouds of war looming in Europe, the British turned to the United States for more fighter aircraft was British facilities were already tied up with Hurricane and Spitfire production. Only the P-39 Airacobra and the P-40 Warhawk were available to the British and the Warhawk was their preferred choice. Curtiss had no spare production capacity for a large British order, so they approached Dutch Kindleberger, ...
  3. Ozark Air Lines Douglas DC-9 Series 15 N970Z & N971Z Delivery colors (1966-1980)

    by , 02-19-2012 at 11:58 AM (The Chicken Works: The Aviation Art of JP Santiago)


    Ozark Air Lines DC-9 Series 15 | N970Z & N971Z | Delivery colors, two variations (1966, 1980)

    Through the early 1960s, many of the local service carriers of the United States had been exploring upgrades to pure-jet equipment to keep up with the technological advances in air transport that the large trunk airlines were following. In the latter half of that decade, many of the local service
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  4. Greenlandair Boeing 727-100C (What If? 1970s livery)

    by , 01-30-2012 at 11:27 PM (The Chicken Works: The Aviation Art of JP Santiago)


    Greenlandair Boeing 727-100C | OY-DRM | "Sululik" | 1970s colors WHAT-IF?


    Greenlandair was established on 7 November 1960 as a joint venture between SAS (Scandanavian Airlines System) and the Danish mining company Kryolitselskabet Øresund which had operations in Greenland. Two years later, the Greenland National Council and the Royal Greenland Trading Company came aboard
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  5. Republic Airlines DC-9 Series 14 N948L (Herman colors, December 1982)

    by , 01-24-2012 at 12:49 AM (The Chicken Works: The Aviation Art of JP Santiago)


    Republic Airlines DC-9 Series 14 | N948L | MSN 47049 | LN 42 | Ship 139 | December 1982

    The formation of Republic Airlines came about from the merger of Minneapolis-based North Central Airlines and Atlanta-based Southern Airways- it was one of those unique mergers in the industry where the two airlines were completely complimentary to each other- from what I recall, their route networks
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