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    Who Shot Down Major Davis?

    Controversy still surrounds the death of a top American Korean War ace, but recent revelations from Chinese records have brought us closer to the truth. With 14 victories to his credit, Major George A. Davis Jr. was the highest-scoring...

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    Hirano’s Zero

    A Mitsubishi Zero shot down at Pearl Harbor revealed surprisingly few facts about the mysterious fighter, but did yield a map that provided tantalizing clues about the location of the Japanese fleet. Shortly before 8 a.m. on December 7,...

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    The Dambusters

    After 70 years, the bold British raid on Germany’s strategic river dams remains one of history’s most audacious bombing missions—a testament to ingenious engineering and the bravery of RAF aircrews.   As a red...

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    Movie Stars With Wings

    Before computer-generated images, aviation films had real airplanes and real aviators at the controls....

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    Forty Seconds Over Eisenach

    During a disastrous mission to a German aircraft factory, the 91st Bomb Group lost six B-17s in less than a minute. The time, 1002 hours. The date, August 16, 1944. Thirty-five Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 91st Bomb Group, flying...

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    Crewing A Combat Mariner

    Ordnance specialist Jack Christopher helped turn the stately Martin PBM-5 flying boat into an aggressive attacker of Japanese shipping. Throughout World War II, fighters, bombers and reconnaissance planes dominated headlines around the...

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    Air Battle for Fortress Malta

    Royal Air Force fighter pilots, including a group of American volunteers, paid a heavy price during their brave defense of the strategic archipelago. On March 21, 1942, Pilot Officer Howard Coffin, an American from Los Angeles and a...

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    Black Sheep Leader

    U.S. Marine ace Pappy Boyington is as well known for his flamboyant personality as for his flying skills....

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    The Other Cactus Air Force

    The contributions of the Army Air Forces were vital to victory at Guadalcanal...

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    The Sky’s Their Canvas

    Long before the advent of social media, skywriters created ephemeral messages writ large in the atmosphere for all to see. Aviation has given us many here today, gone tomorrow moments—passenger-carrying dirigibles, mailplanes, military...

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    First Planes Down at Pearl

    Three National Guardsmen on a morning sightseeing flight were among the first casualties on December 7, 1941. ...

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    Pacific Tramps

    The story of the B-17s that arrived over Hawaii during the Japanese attack has been told many times, but what happened to them?    On December 7, 1941, 12 unarmed B-17s on their way to reinforce the Philippines arrived over Oahu...

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    Mother Ships

    In an effort to extend the range and altitude of smaller aircraft, mother ships have been employed for a variety of missions—some successful, others disastrous. Mother ships—aircraft designed to carry and launch small airplanes...

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    The Other Franco

    The future Spanish dictator’s brother blazed a trail across the South Atlantic but failed to attain his ultimate goal of a round-the-world flight. Early on January 22, 1926, the Spanish air force Dornier J Wal flying boat Plus Ultra...

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    The Boeing Century

    During its 100-year history, William Boeing’s company has developed many of the most iconic airplanes ever to take to the sky. The world’s largest aerospace company grew from a single simple, angular, twin-float seaplane: the 1916...

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    Controversial Crash of K-14

    Was the loss of a patrol blimp off Maine in 1944 the result of pilot error, as the U.S. Navy maintains to this day, or was it due to a battle with a German U-boat?   When the U.S. Navy blimp K-14 went down in the Gulf of Maine in July...