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Volume 9, Number 2 - 2nd Quarter 2008

LOGBOOK is a quarterly magazine covering the entire spectrum of aviation history, from the first flight to just yesterday. Civil, Military, Airline, General Aviation - We bring you the stories that have rarely or never been published before, told by the people who lived them. If the story is known, we dig to find additional information, documents and photographs to add to the knowledge about the topic. Short stories, sea stories, personal remembrances, in-depth information and simple hangar flying are the kind of unique aviation history you will find in the pages of LOGBOOK.

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Retrospective - Miami's Corrosion Corner

A rare bird indeed, AGRO Air's Boeing C-97G Stratofreighter, seen at Miami International Airport in the late 1980s. A rare bird indeed, AGRO Air's Boeing C-97G Stratofreighter, seen at Miami International Airport in the late 1980s.
The Northwest portion of Miami International Airport, Florida, has long been known as Corrosion Corner, and was one of the last bastions of the round engine airliner. Once the pride of an airline’s fleet, these airliners, converted from passenger to freighter configuration, were now busy carrying commodities south to the islands, and further afield to South and Central America. Corrosion Corner was an airliners aficionado’s dream.
Ace photographer Michael Prophet journeyed to Corrosion Corner back in the late 1980s, and took the photographs contained in this retrospective. Today, Corrosion Corner has gone legitimate, mostly a clean and neat United Parcel Service ramp and a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) catering to mega-dollar bizjets. Thanks to consummate airliner enthusiasts like Michael, we can remember what Corrosion Corner used to be like.

To see more of Michael Prophet’s aviation photography, please log on to: www.michaelprophet.com
 

As Brave as Six Lions - The Buck McNair Story

Pilot Officer Buck McNair (left) relates an airborne contest to fellow squadron mate Pilot Officer W. F. Ash. Pilot Officer Buck McNair (left) relates an airborne contest to fellow squadron mate Pilot Officer W. F. Ash.
On 1 May 1968, Canadian World War Two ace Robert Wendell “Buck” McNair, holder of both the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), Britain’s second highest decoration, and the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) with two bars, wrote to his fellow Siege of Malta Flight Leader, Percy B. “Laddie” Lucas. McNair asked if he ranked with the other air heroes about whom Lucas was writing. McNair had nothing to worry about. In addition to earning the DSO and the DFC from Britain during the war, the French Government recognized his courage and honored him after the war. However, his courage did not end with World War Two. The British Government awarded him the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for his actions eight years after the war had ended, when a transport on which he was flying crashed. His actions saved many lives.
Lucas’ indirect reply to McNair’s letter came on 16 December 1974, three years after McNair’s death. Lucas’ tribute was short and elegant: ...He was as brave as six lions to the end...
Author Herb Kugel tells Buck McNair's story.
 

Hurricanes and Engine Pains

Bill Nash early in his career at Pan American. At the time he was flying the Douglas DC-3. Bill Nash early in his career at Pan American. At the time he was flying the Douglas DC-3.
Captain Bill Nash is now a Jet Clipper pilot. Captain Nash was hired by Pan Am on 14 August 1942. Over a 35 year career he flew Boeing 314 and Consolidated Commodore flying boats. During World War Two, he flew U.S. Navy Consolidated PB2Y Coronado flying boats. After the war he flew the Curtiss C-46 Commando and the Douglas DC-3, DC-4 and DC-6B airliners. He retired off the Boeing 727 jet.
Over a long and varied career, which saw him based in such exotic places as Berlin, West Germany, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Natal, Brazil and French Morocco, as well as Miami, Florida, Captain Nash certainly has some great flying tales to tell. Here are just two tales from his Clipper days. We look forward to bringing you more of his stories in the near future.