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    The Passion and the Fury: Mick Mannock

    Edward “Mick” Mannock, the Irish-born RAF ace of World War I, proved he was a man of extraordinary gifts with his leadership and combat skills....

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    When Birds Strike

    Since the earliest days of manned flight, pilots have sought to safely share the skies with their avian counterparts—with mixed results. On September 7, 1905, less than two years after Orville Wright became the first man to make a...

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    The Immortal Douglas DC-3

    Donald Douglas’ classic transport elevated aviation’s state of the art with its superb combination of beauty and performance. Within a decade of its 1921 founding, the Douglas Aircraft Company had built a solid reputation. The...

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    Surrounded and Outnumbered

    Against seemingly overwhelming odds, the diminutive Fourteenth Air Force held the line against the Japanese in China during World War II. After almost six months of continuous combat duty in China with the Fourteenth Air Force, Sergeant...

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    ‘Lady Lindy’: The Remarkable Life of Amelia Earhart

    A tomboy who defied early-20th-century conventions, Earhart successfully crusaded for women pilots’ place in the sky. They called Amelia Earhart “Lady Lindy” after her first flight across the Atlantic. She was tall...

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    Firebombers!

    As last fall’s California wildfires demonstrated, the demand for aerial firefighters and the dangers they face have never been greater  The world’s first practical firebomber was a Stearman, a 1939 Boeing 75 that had been...

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    ‘Patton in a P-51’

    Don Blakeslee’s grit, guts and guidance helped make the “Fighting 4th” one of the finest combat air groups in Europe. Like his British and Commonwealth comrades in the Royal Air Force, American Don Blakeslee of No. 133 “Eagle”...

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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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    Supersonic Gamble

    Britain and France bet on the prospects of supersonic transport, but ultimately were thwarted by economic and environmental concerns. The Anglo-French Concorde supersonic transport (SST) is an airplane of singular grace and elegance. It...

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    Damned Hunchbacks

    Developed from an airliner, the SM.79 trimotor torpedo bomber emerged as Italy’s most important attack aircraft in the Mediterranean. As the struggle between Allied and Axis forces for control of the Mediterranean Sea reached its...

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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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    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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    Wildcat Warrior

    Marine Corps ace of aces Joe Foss wreaked havoc on the Japanese over Guadalcanal, becoming the first to equal Eddie Rickenbacker’s American World War I victory record. After unopposed landings early on August 7, 1942, the invasion of...

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    Mother Ships and Parasites

    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 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...