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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...

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    The Voice of Experience

    There were higher-scoring fighter aces and other hotshot test pilots, but nobody did both quite like Chuck Yeager. Few, if any, individuals are as well-known in the annals of aviation history as Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager. An...

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    Supersonic Revolution

    American engineers had to solve a number of design problems before the U.S. could exploit supersonic flight. ...

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    Solving the Problem of ‘Fog Flying’

    How private philanthropy, inventive engineers and a courageous pilot put the “I” in IFR. Airmen of all nations faced a common problem in the 1920s: flying safely when darkness, clouds or fog obscured their way. In an era when IFR...

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    Across the Hypersonic Divide

    The X-15 tested the limits of speed and altitude for winged aircraft, bridging the gap between the air and space ages....

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    The Tondern Raid

    To kill German zeppelins in their roosts, the British Royal Navy unveiled a secret weapon: the aircraft carrier   By 1917, with the German High Seas Fleet blockaded in port, the British Royal Navy’s chief concern was not enemy...

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    The Black Jet

    Operating at night and virtually invisible to radar, the F-117 Nighthawk racked up a near-perfect combat record. After crossing the Serbian border at 18,000 feet, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William “Brad” O’Connor’s F-117...

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    The Last Flight of Hobo 28

    In one of America’s worst “Broken Arrow” incidents, a B-52 carrying four hydrogen bombs crashed on the ice off Greenland.  Major Alfred D’Amario thought the worst was over after his violent ejection from the dark and smoky...

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    Nonstop to Hawaii By Air and Sea

    When Commander John Rodgers’ PN-9 ran low on fuel 400 miles short of his destination, like a good Navy man he rigged the flying boat and sailed the rest of the way. Two years before Charles Lindbergh made his epic solo flight across the...

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    Yankee Doodle Goes to Town

    The first American B-17 raid on occupied Europe 75 years ago gave U.S. commanders the confidence to ramp up their daylight bombing campaign. Early in the afternoon on August 17, 1942, the Wright Cyclone engines of a dozen Boeing B-17E...

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    Spin Control

    How pioneering pilots learned to escape the death spiral....

  • Film Recon

    FILM RECON Interview: Jack Lowden on “Dunkirk”

    Jack Lowden, 27, is a successful and award-winning actor. Prior to being cast as a Royal Air Force pilot in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Lowden performed on stage as well as in television and film projects. He...

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    The Real ‘Bridges at Toko-Ri’

    James Michener’s bestseller and movie adaptation were based on one very bad day in North Korea It was a new kind of war.  In less than a decade the United States had sided with former enemies, retired its most famous general...