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  • The Tommy Scout

    America’s first indigenous scout plane was conceived by an Englishman and borrowed heavily from European designs.  When the United States declared war on Germany in April...

  • Dean Hess: The Flying Parson

    Ordained minister Dean Hess dealt death from the sky as a fighter-bomber pilot, but never lost his humanity. Captain Dean Hess, a man of God piloting a lethal killing machine,...

  • Mitsubishi G4M: Why Betty Bombed

    Mitsubishi’s G4M bomber went by many names, but perhaps the most appropriate would have been “flaming coffin.”  We called her Betty. The American system of nicknaming...

  • North American T-6: A Texan by Any Other Name

    The ubiquitous T-6 Texan flew in a dozen wars and earned a half-dozen nicknames. What American-made aircraft served in the armed forces of 55 nations in a wide variety of roles...

  • Operation Spring High: Thuds vs. SAMs

    The first attack against North Vietnamese SA-2 missile sites devolved into a debacle of dummy targets and downed aircraft, but it forced military leaders to find ways to counter...

  • Adolf Galland: The Luftwaffe’s Fighter General

    Legendary German fighter ace Adolf Galland fought Allied pilots in the air and inept Nazi leaders on the ground. With his slicked-back black hair and matching mustache, broken...

  • Billy Mitchell’s Aerial Blitzkrieg

    A century ago, the U.S. Army Air Service embarked on its first major air campaign, presaging the combined-arms assaults to follow. The air campaign at St. Mihiel, France, in...

  • MACH 3 Man: Robert J. Gilliland

    Lockheed’s chief test pilot for the SR-71 Blackbird overcame numerous inflight emergencies during his career and never failed to bring an airplane back to earth. In the early...


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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.