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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Mystery Ship: November 2017

    Can you identify this experimental testbed? Click here for the answer.  ...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Building a Bachem Ba-349 Natter

    The rocket-powered Bachem Ba-349 Natter (November 2017 Aviation History) was a desperate attempt by the Germans to stem the tide of Allied bombers attacking enemy targets in larger and larger numbers during the waning days of World War II....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Lone Star Rex

    You’ll have to visit Texas to see the only restored Kawanishi N1K1 floatplane currently on display. The center of Texas’ Hill Country seems like an unlikely place to find one of the rarest World War II aircraft, a Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Supersonic Gamble

    Should the cancellation of America’s SST program be remembered as a mercy killing? Even coming on the heels of his vow to lead the United States to the moon ahead of the Soviets, President John F. Kennedy’s bombshell about building the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Boeing’s Trailblazing P-26 Peashooter

    Boeing’s diminutive P-26 fighter bridged the gap between stick-and-wire biplanes and modern, all-metal monoplane fighters. Ever since Charles Darwin published his Origin of the Species, archaeologists have been obsessed with...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Frankenstein Bomber

    Raised from the boneyard after four decades and patched together with parts from different aircraft, a Martin Canberra is prepared to make history. It’s always a treat for aviation buffs to learn that a historic airplane has been...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Screaming Bird of Prey

    Although obsolescent even before World War II began, the Ju-87 Stuka terrorized ground troops and found a late-war niche as a tank-buster. Never has a warplane so obsolete, vulnerable and technologically basic wrought so much damage to its...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Pioneering Convertiplane

    Gerard Herrick tried to have the best of both worlds—fixed-wing and rotary-wing—with his HV-2A. The concept of rotary-winged aircraft goes all the way back—on paper, at least—to Leonardo da Vinci, but even after the Wright brothers...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Building Boeing’s Bomarc

    The Bomarc surface-to-air missile was a Cold War response to the apocalyptic vision of squadrons of Soviet bombers headed toward targets in North America. A nuclear-tipped interceptor streaking toward the enemy seems the stuff of science...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aussie Battler

    Designed by an Austrian around an American engine, the Commonwealth Boomerang was the first frontline combat aircraft built in Australia. Barely  two  months after Pearl Harbor, Japanese  bombers attacked  Darwin,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The U.S. Air Force’s Pilotless Fighter

    The Bomarc was a surface-to-air missile masquerading as an airplane. When is a missile not a missile? When it is a “ground-to-air pilotless aircraft.” That, for a while, was the official description of the Bomarc, the United States’...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Genesis of the Jenny

    Although generally attributed to aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss, the iconic JN-4 owes much to an obscure British designer. For  Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and countless less famous American pilots swept up...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Dreams of Human-Powered Flight

    The experimental Gerhardt Cycleplane made history in 1923, but today is best remembered as an iconic aviation failure. Most everyone has seen the film clip of a multi-winged airplane trundling toward the camera, with a couple of men...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    More Than Just a Prop

    The versatile Skyraider flew missions that no jet could. Three and a half months after the first American combat troops, two battalions of Marines, waded ashore without resistance at Da Nang, U.S. Air Force jet pilots learned they...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Building Legends: North American F-86 Sabre and GE J47 Engine

    The March 2017 issue of Aviation History magazines tells the tale of two aviation icons, North American’s F-86 Sabre, chasing North Korean MiG-15s over the Yalu, and the General Electric J47 turbojet engine that powered the legendary...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Mystery Ship: September 2017

    Can you identify this attack bomber? Click here for the answer....