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  • Punching Out: Evolution of the Ejection Seat

    The faster airplanes go, the faster we need to get out of them. If necessity is the mother of invention, combat is its father. Little more than a month after Pearl Harbor,...

  • Death on the High Road: The Schweinfurt Raid

    In October 1943, Eighth Air Force bombers flew through hell to bomb Schweinfurt, Germany. For them, Schweinfurt meant only one thing: a killer town that was one of the most...

  • Sea Sentinel: The Lockheed P2V Neptune

    Lockheed’s P2V Neptune served in Korea and Vietnam, searched for Soviet submarines and even carried nuclear weapons, but today is largely forgotten. “It’s a pilot’s...

  • Small Planes, Big Thrills: The Mighty Midgets

    Born with the homebuilt lightplane movement in the 1920s, the “Builder’s Class” of Formula One racers continues to thrill spectators today at Reno. The annual Reno Air Races...

  • Saburo Sakai: Samurai of the Air

    Legendary Zero pilot Saburo Sakai was Japan’s most recognized ace, but few knew the man behind the legend   Saburo Sakai is probably Japan’s best-known pilot of...

  • Avro Lancaster: The Night Raider

    The Avro Lancaster rained terror on Germany but never attained the B-17’s fame, even though it could carry twice the bombload over an equal distance. The brilliant comedic...

  • The Passion and the Fury: Mick Mannock

    Edward “Mick” Mannock, the Irish-born RAF ace of World War I, proved he was a man of extraordinary gifts with his leadership and combat skills....

  • When Birds Strike

    Since the earliest days of manned flight, pilots have sought to safely share the skies with their avian counterparts—with mixed results. On September 7, 1905, less than two...


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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.