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Volume 13, Number 4 - 4th Quarter 2015

LOGBOOK is a quarterly magazine covering the entire spectrum of international aviation history, from the first tentative attempts at flight, to history that was made just yesterday.

LOGBOOK is a distinctive publication in the field of aviation history. At LOGBOOK we certainly enjoy bringing you in-depth articles written by some of the world’s premier aviation historians. More importantly, however, we also enjoy working with, actively encouraging and publishing the first-time, one-time and fledgling author. These are the folks who actually lived the aviation history they are writing about, which lets the reader experience the action from a unique perspective. This allows LOGBOOK to bring you aviation history you will find no other place.

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The LOGBOOK

Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk - BuNo 152861 - at the Cape Girardeau Airport. Photo: A.A.S. Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk - BuNo 152861 - at the Cape Girardeau Airport. Photo: A.A.S.
The LOGBOOK Department brings you short stories, tidbits of aviation history and personal remembrances told by the folks that lived the tales. In this installment of The LOGBOOK we bring you:
A short story of flying the Fairchild C-119 Boxcar, down to the Caribbean Islands back in the early 1960s.
A near disastrous bird strike while flying a Grumman TS-2A.
A database of Post-World War Two Naval Air Stations that were on the chopping block for closure, just after the war.
A great personal story of a young Pan Am pilot who had to take an axe to a Boeing B314 flying boat - to save his ship.
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The background of a nicely preserved Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk.
 

A Bad Night at the Hill

Northrop F-896-75-NO Scorpion - Serial Number 54-198.  Photo: U.S. Air Force Northrop F-896-75-NO Scorpion - Serial Number 54-198. Photo: U.S. Air Force
The 29th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS) was activated at Great Falls Air Force Base (AFB), Montana on 8 November 1953. (In October 1955, Great Falls AFB was renamed Hill AFB.) The squadron could trace its history back to the 29th Aero Squadron, which was established on 10 October 1918, at Camp Knox, Kentucky. During much of World War Two, the unit, now called the 29th Fighter Squadron, was based in the Panama Canal Zone, flying the Bell P-39 Airacobra. With its activation on 1953, the 29th FIS was assigned to the 29th Air Division of the Air Defense Command (ADC). In general, the ADC’s mission was “providing for the air defense of the United States,” while the 29th FIS’s specific mission was initially to cover the northern approaches bordering Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota.
In May 1957, the squadron was issued a new batch of Northrop F-89 Scorpions. Author David R McLaren tells the story of this transition, and that one fateful night in November 1959, that has become known as "A Bad Night at the Hill."
 

Corsairs For Argentina - Part One

Argentine Navy F4U-5 Corsair - S/N 0392 - Ex BuNo 121994. Photo S. Rivas Argentine Navy F4U-5 Corsair - S/N 0392 - Ex BuNo 121994. Photo S. Rivas
The Chance Vought F4U-5 Corsair was the first embarked combat aircraft for Argentine Naval Aviation, and represented the beginning of carrier operations in the country. Although at their arrival the machines were obsolete, most Latin American countries were still operating piston-engine planes, and other than Argentina, none of them had a ship borne combat capacity.
In Part One of this two-part history, author Santiago Rivas tells us how the Argentine Navy selected the Corsair, and the trial and tribulations of getting their new birds from the U.S. down south to Argentina. Once in the country, the Argentine Naval Aviators had to learn how to tame the powerful Bent-Wing-Bird.