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Alex is a freelance writer from Boston who grew up playing flight simulator games in his dad’s lap and has dabbled in planes as a hobby ever since. Alex loves to write about the history of military aviation and frequently accompanies his pilot friends on recreational flights. Alex can be seen on passenger flights grinning and trying to get a better view out the window during takeoff.

Posts by Alex Carchidi

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Amelia Earhart’s missing wreck represents the start of aviation archaeology as we know it today. If you’ve ever seen an aircraft wreck you know …

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Is the PZL M-15 Belphegor the world’s slowest jet, or the world’s heaviest biplane? Behold, the PZL M-15 Belphegor, the world’s only jet-powered biplane …

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The success of the P-38 program was career-defining for many Lockheed engineers, many of whom went on to become founding members of the Skunk Works. …

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What the heck is an Ekranoplan? Or the A-90 Orlyonok? Ekranoplans are curious craft, flying a few feet off of the ocean at high …

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Aerial construction ain’t easy, but the skycrane helps. Need to move a piece of extremely heavy cargo but don’t have a runway for a …

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What’s that annoying buzzing sound? That’s a pulse jet. What if a jet engine could have no moving parts? Aviation history enthusiasts will fondly …

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The Fairey Rotodyne and Other Gyrodynes: The Original Heliplanes During the years after World War II, helicopters and jets began to become a larger …

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Some plane concepts, like parasite fighters, never really take off. During the early days of military aviation, the effective range of most aircraft was …

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