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  • A Soldier Prays for Peace

    John Glenn’s World War II service led to his quest for a safer world The hero of the space race had never publicly shown his temper. But on May 4, 1974, the stoicism, the...

  • Letter from Aviation History: Honoring an American Hero

    Adam Sakowitz is a young man with a mission. The 25-year-old graduate student from Westbury, N.Y., is leading an effort to honor Senator John Glenn, who died on December 8, with a...

  • Nakajima’s Fragile Falcon

    After overcoming some teething troubles, the Japanese army’s nimble Ki-43 Hayabusa went on to claim more Allied aircraft than the navy’s vaunted Zero. By the mid-1930s, the...

  • Rescuing the Frozen Chosen

    Naval air support played a crucial role in covering the withdrawal of U.N. forces from North Korea’s Chosin Reservoir. Snow squalls hovered over heaving whitecaps in the...

  • Letter From Aviation History: Propulsive Force

    One horsepower versus 32 million horsepower. That’s the difference between the power generated by the average human being and the approximate power output of a Saturn V...

  • Bob Hoover: Remembering the Pilots’ Pilot

    Fighter pilot, test pilot, aerobatic pilot: Bob Hoover is considered the greatest of all by airmen worldwide It took Flight Officer Robert A. “Bob” Hoover more than two years...

  • The Rise of Unmanned Aircraft

    From inauspicious biplane beginnings to near mastery of the skies above combat zones, UAVs have a rich history....

  • “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...


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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.