The Cargo Gods

The Cargo Gods

To the primitive tribes of the Pacific Islands the sudden arrival of flying machines disgorging tons of wonderful cargo is beyond their understanding.  Their attempts to make sense of what is occurring leads to the creation of a remarkable new religion.

 

 

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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Cathay 780!

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Cathay 780!

A gradual degradation of engine performance leads a Cathy Pacific crew into a dire situation, all due to Super Absorbent Polymer Spheres!  This is the story of Cathy 780 and the excellent job that the crew did to get their crippled aircraft onto the ground.

The incident aircraft, an Airbus A330.

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Fighting Fog

Fighting Fog

During World War 2, for the bomber pilots, getting shot down over enemy territory was far from the only risk that they faced.  In England, Bomber Command and the Eighth Air Force suffered significant losses when returning to their bases only to find that they were fogged out.  This is the story of FIDO.

A Lancaster comes to grief amongst the FIDO pipes.

 

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The Aluminium Trail

The Aluminium Trail

With the Chinese forces under Chiang Kai-shek keeping over a million Japanese troops occupied, once America joined the Second World War, they were keen to prevent those troops from becoming free to engage them in the Pacific theatre.  Supplying the 10th Air Force and the Chinese forces became a priority.  So began an enormous effort to air lift thousands of tons of supplies over some of the most treacherous and difficult terrain in the war.  This the unsung story of the crews that flew the Hump.

The C46 Commando.

 

The C54 Skymaster.

 

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Thar Be Sea Monsters!

Thar Be Sea Monsters!

An American analyst poured over a satellite image of a vast and strange aircraft being built on the shore of the Caspian Sea.  What was this monster of a machine?  The Russians had delved into the world of ground effect vehicles and this is the story.

 

The KM (Korabl Maket) Ekranoplan.

 

The successor to the Caspian Sea Monster, the Lun Class missile carrier, NATO code name Duck!

 

The Duck being decommissioned.

 

The more successful A-90_Orlyonok.

 

The Boeing Pelican ULTRA concept aircraft.

 

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