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  • “Lucky” Penney on 9/11

    Fifteen years ago on a sunny September day, civil aviation as we knew it changed forever. So too did the lives of all Americans, as the horrifying spectacle of airliners crashing...

  • Sully Speaks Out

    The “Miracle on the Hudson” was no miracle; it was the culmination of a 35-year military and airline flying career Captain Chesley Sullenberger was the right person, in the...

  • Letter From Aviation History: Collateral Damage

    At what point did it become morally acceptable to bomb civilians? Two articles in the September 2016 issue examine tipping points in the history of strategic bombing that led to...

  • When Fire Rained From the Sky

    The first low-level B-29 raid on Tokyo introduced a terrifying new tactic in the war against Japan On the night of March 9-10, 1945, U.S. Twentieth Air Force B-29s burned down 7...

  • Night Owl

    Heinkel produced one of the most innovative night fighters of World War II, but Nazi bureaucrats repeatedly shot it down There were many night fighters in World War II, but only...

  • Going Commando

    The Curtiss C-46 filled a niche during World War II for a high-altitude heavy hauler capable of operating from rough airstrips in far-flung locales They called it the Curtiss...

  • Letter From Aviation History: Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

    Throughout aviation history, pilots have strived to emulate birds, the world’s most adept fliers. In the process, they’ve sought to safely share the skies with our feathered...

  • Letter From Aviation History: No Runway Required

    What accounts for our endless fascination with vertical takeoff and landing? If you’re of a certain age and followed aerospace developments in the late 1950s and 1960s, you...


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Aviation History magazine is an authoritative, in-depth history of world aviation from its origins to the Space Age. Aviation History offers air enthusiasts the most detailed coverage of the history of manned flight, with action-packed stories and illustrations that put the reader in the cockpit with pilots and military (Army, Navy, and Marines) aviators to experience aviation’s greatest dramas.