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  • 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...

  • Dick Merrill: Beating the Odds

    Dick Merrill repeatedly gambled his life while barnstorming, delivering airmail, conquering the Atlantic, flying the Himalayas and pioneering airline routes, but he always came...

  • 10 Incredible Aerial Rescues

    These 10 great aerial rescues demonstrate that aircraft serve a far nobler purpose than hauling passengers and cargo or dealing death from the skies Aircraft quickly became...

  • Letter From Aviation History: Great Saves

    When is an aerial rescue not worth the effort? At some point the U.S. Air Force commanders directing the rescue of Lt. Col. Iceal “Gene” Hambleton—call sign Bat 21...


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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.