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  • 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...

  • Old Soldiers: Pacific B-17 Armed Transports

    A dozen battered B-17s served as armed transports in the Pacific, dropping supplies and strafing Japanese positions. In 1943, when hundreds of B-17s routinely sortied over Europe,...

  • Colonel Robert L. Scott: God’s Pilot

    Son of the South Bob Scott was a rebel with a cause: helping the United States defeat the Japanese. In 1943 General Henry H. Arnold’s secretary buzzed his inner sanctum,...

  • Jumbo: Boeing 747

    Boeing’s 747 didn’t just revolutionize airline travel, it changed the world as we know it. If you were a hotshot airplane designer at Boeing in 1965, there was only one place...

  • Civil Air Patrol’s Combat Pilots

    During the early stages of World War II, the Civil Air Patrol played a vital role in helping defend American merchant ships from marauding U-boats. Natural disasters always place...

  • Shear Terror

    Thunderstorm-generated wind shear was poorly understood until three major airline accidents compelled meteorologists and aviation experts to find solutions to the...


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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.