Charles M. Daniels, Jr. Collection of Wings & Airpower Magazine Articles

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September 1971

  • Genealogy of the Tin Goose, Five Decades with the Ford Trimotor
  • Whistling Death, F4U Corsair Chief Test Pilot
  • Northrop BT-1, Fleet’s First Modern Diver Bomber
  • Bell’s Futuristic Airacuda, History’s Forgotten Fighter

April 1972

  • Pylon Polisher, Benny Howard
  • Agony Wagon, The Greenhouse Liberators
  • The Phantom Brigade, Combat Over Spain
  • Air Mail Special Delivery, Building Boeing’s Monomail

May 1972

  • Skyliner, Boeing’s Unsung 307
  • Long Nosed Hunter
  • Type “O” Zero, Kit Review
  • More Mustangs to Meet the Eye
  • “Now There’s A Rare Bird”, Riverside Penguin
  • Winged Can Opener, Germany’s Tank-Busting Henschel 129
  • B-10 Baltimore’s Best, Bird that took the Air Corps out of the Stone Age

September 1972

  • Starburst, Lockheed’s Orion
  • Diagraming the Dream Planes
  • Now There’s A Rare Plane, The Hall Monoped
  • Carrier Fighter, The Curtiss F11C/BFC Hawk
  • Angelito, The Luftwaffe’s Combat Infantryman
  • Belly Landing, Pranging the B-17 Flying Fortress

December 1972

  • Shell Wings, Jimmy Doolittle’s Record Breaking Racers
  • Martin’s Mighty Mariner, Flying the PBM
  • Samurai, Japan’s Legendary Zero
  • Night Stalker, Canada’s Midnight Raiders

June 1973

  • Douglas DC, beginning of the Gooney Bird legend
  • Emsco, Aviation Pioneer lost in the pages of time
  • Whispering Death, the Bristol Beaufighter
  • Dr. Dornier’s Flying Whales

July 1973

  • Douglas DC, Part II – The Gooney Goes To War
  • “Go In and Get A Hit!” – Flying the TBD Devastator & TBF Avenger
  • Night Creature, flying WWII’s most fearsome night fighter, the P-61 Black Widow
  • Flying Machines The Fates Forgot, concluding the Emsco story

August 1973

  • On The Track of the WWII F7F Tigercat
  • The Great Bolo Boondoggle, short career of the Douglas B-18
  • The Blackburn Battleships
  • Doug Davis and the Travel Air Mystery Ships

January 1974

  • Douglas DC-4 Skymaster
  • Tri-Winged Terror, Fokker Triplane Aces
  • Ultimate Corsairs, F4Us in the Pacific & Korea
  • Stratojet, the Boeing B-47
  • Civilian Warbirds, Pros & Cons of Ex-military Jets

October 1974

  • Gordon Israel, Golden Age of Aviation Pioneer
  • F6F Hellcat, King of Carrier Fighters
  • Legion of the Lost, Consolidated’s PB-2A

January 1975

  • Journal of the Big Bird, Lockheed’s Sirius
  • The Falcons of Freeman Field, testing the Rising Sun’s best
  • Martin’s Mercenaries, flying the Maryland and Baltimore
  • Spy in the Sky, North American’s O-47

March 1975

  • Sword of the Samurai, Kawasaki’s Tony
  • Behemoth, the Douglas B-19
  • Wellington: Geodetic Giant
  • The Other Martin

May 1975

  • Born To Lose, North American’s XB-28 bomber
  • P-Boat, Part II of Consolidated PBY Catalina story
  • Dive Bombers For Sale, the French Vindicator
  • Old One Hundred, Veteran F4B in Disguise
  • Formations, a classic gallery wingtip to wingtip
  • C’est Beau! Revell’s Bristol Beaufighter

June 1975

  • Interview with Jimmy Doolittle, a Wings Exclusive
  • The Flying Hallmarks
  • Little Midway, the Battle of Santa Cruz
  • Sopwith’s Flying Staircase, dogfighting in WWI’s first successful triplane

November 1980

  • Lockheed Electra
  • Douglas Aircraft’s B-23 Dragon
  • Lockheed A29 Hudson
  • FW-200 Condor – Scourge of the Atlantic

November 1982

  • Italy’s Schneider Cup Seaplane
  • Douglas’s Forgotten Dolphin
  • MiG 1 – First of the Mikoyan and Gurevich Line
  • DeHavilland Mosquito

April 1983

  • The Disastrous Dole Derby
  • P-40 Warhawk Story, Part II
  • Farewell to the F-105 Thunderchief

About The Author | Source

Charles Maynard Daniels, Junior was born on July 23, 1923 in Indianola, Pennsylvania, a small mining town in the Allegheny River Basin. He graduated from South Fayette Township High School in Bridgeville, PA in 1941 and was the valedictorian of his class. He matriculated at the University of Pittsburgh in September of 1941 with a mechanical engineering major and also joined their Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.

In June 1943, Mr. Daniels’ ROTC class was called to active duty and he shortly thereafter attending the USAAF officer candidate school in April 1944 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAAF. He served as an engineering officer in both the zone of Interior and with the Fifth Air Force in the Far East Pacific theaters. During this period he also graduated from the Pratt & Whitney Army-Navy Aircraft Engine school in Hartford, Connecticut.

Mr. Daniels was separated from the military service in September 1946 as a 1st Lieutenant, after separation he returned to the University of Pittsburgh to complete his studies under the GI Bill, including earning a pilots license and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (aero option) degree and Sigma Tau Society honors in 1947 He remained in the Army reserves until 1950.

Mr. Daniels began his working career after graduation at Goodyear Aircraft Corporation in Akron Ohio and while there met and married Ohio native Novella Ruth Mills in 1949. In 1949-1950, while on leave of absence, he attended the University of Southern California and graduated in September 1950 with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. He returned to Goodyear until December of 1951 at which time he joined North American Aviation (NAA) Incorporated in the Los Angles area. Thereafter he remained with the Rocketdyne division of NAA for 35 years, 30 of which were in supervisory and management positions.

Upon retiring in January 1986, Mr. Daniels and his wife, Novella, traveled extensively, visiting 48 countries in six continents. They accumulated over 1,000,000 miles in flying while attending numerous air races, air shows, air museums, air libraries, military museums, and military reunions. During this period he also accumulated over 30,000 photos of these historic events and aircraft, many of which were donated to the San Diego air and Space Museum library in 2012. He also wrote and published over 50 articles on historical aviation and aircraft subjects in various aviation periodicals. In addition he published over 50 technical articles in magazines and society journals during his working career.