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Volume 14, Number 1 - 1st Quarter 2016

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.

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Whatever Happened to Ralph Ritchie

Ralph Ritchie, in a photo from the January 1951 issue of Ralph Ritchie, in a photo from the January 1951 issue of "Naval Aviation News" magazine.
Ralph Westley Ritichie (1898 - 1967), if the story is true, led a life in the air that reads like an adventure novel. A good bit of reading but hardly a true story. Or was it?
He was, according to an article in the January 1951 issue of "Naval Aviation News" magazine, an enlisted sailor, a boxing champion, a Naval Aviator, an early airline pilot, a South American bush pilot, a Colonel in the Bolivian Air Force, a squadron leader in the British Royal Air Force, and back again to an enlisted sailor. Quite a life, indeed.
The trouble is that unlike other adventurous aviators of his era, Ritchie's life is not chronicled in any books. He surely existed, but how much of the life recorded in that magazine article is true? This is the first in a series of articles detailing the research into the life and times of Ralph Westley Ritchie.

Around the World in 94 Hours

A file photo of a Boeing WB-50D Superfortress - S/N 49-310.  Photo: USAF A file photo of a Boeing WB-50D Superfortress - S/N 49-310. Photo: USAF
World War Two was over, and the Allies had emerged victorious over the Axis. Of course, one of these Allied nations was the Soviet Union, and as history has recorded, a once comrade in arms soon became the primary threat in what would become a decades-long Cold War. Acknowledging this new threat, U.S. Air Force planners soon realized that a capability to strike deep within the Soviet Union was a basic requirement for the U.S. bomber force. The trouble was that the current long-range heavy bomber - the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and its souped up cousin, the B-50 - simply did not have the range to make these strikes. Clearly, inflight refueling was the way to go.
What is now a common procedure was back in the late 1940s, a rather unproven evolution. To prove that with inflight refueling a bomber's range could be extended almost indefinitely the USAF decided to conduct a test flight - a round-the-world test flight.
Author Steve Hallex tells the story of the Lucky Lady II (yes, there was a Lucky Lady I, and there would be a Lucky Lady III), a B-50 that proved no target in the Soviet Union was out of range of U.S. attack.

Corsairs for Argentina - Part Two (Conclusion)

An F4U-5NL Corsair An F4U-5NL Corsair "Nocturna" - but sans the radome - aboard ARA Independencia. This is former USN NuNo 124707.
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.
Author Santiago Rivas continues his story of the mighty Chance Vought F4U Corsair in Argentine naval aviation service. Now that the aircraft are in place, and the Naval Aviators are ramped up, the Corsair goes into operational service. Argentine Corsairs are deployed to fight border conflicts, chase submarines and fight in ill-conceived revolutions. Plus, with the commissioning of Argentina's first aircraft carrier, the Corsairs go back out to sea, logging what is considered the last ship-based Corsair operations.