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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Breaking the Color Barrier

    Jesse Brown, the U.S. Navy’s first black aviator, overcame hardship and prejudice in his quest for wings of gold. Jesse Leroy Brown set his sights on flying when he was just a youngster working in Mississippi’s corn and cotton fields....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    ‘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”...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Delta Dreamer

    Artist-engineer Alexander Lippisch conceived more than 50 radical aircraft designs, including the Nazis’ rocket-powered Me-163. Few aircraft configurations are more familiar than the delta wing, which dominated the sky for many years,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Black Sheep Leader

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

  • Mag: Aviation History Personalities, World War II Archives

    American Aviators Aloft at Pearl Harbor

    Two heroic American aviators led a spirited defense against the Japanese at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Lawrence Sperry: Genius on Autopilot

    Lawrence Sperry, the maverick inventor who created the autopilot, had 23 patents to his name related to aircraft safety when he ran out of luck over the English Channel....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    An American Stork

    The top gun in France’s squadron of aces in 1918 wasn’t a Frenchman. Escadrille Spa.3, known as “Les Cigognes” for the stork emblem on the sides of its airplanes, was the most famous squadron in the French air service during World...

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    The Last Rocket Pilot

    Joe Engle flew everything from Super Sabres to the Space Shuttle, but it is as an X-15 pilot that he is perhaps best known.  The last human footprints on the moon were left by Apollo 17’s Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt in December...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Mr. Stewart Goes to Vietnam

    Brig. Gen. Jimmy Stewart flew his last bombing mission in Vietnam on February 21, 1966, while on Air Force Reserve duty, and it almost ended in disaster. During WWII, Stewart had flown and directed hundreds of bombing missions against Nazi...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Fred Weick’s Innovative W-1

    In his quest to build the world’s safest airplane, the designer pioneered several familiar features on an unfamiliar prototype. Of the many pioneers in the history of aircraft design, Fred Weick may not be immediately familiar to most...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Remarkable Mrs. Markham

    Little-remembered today, the adventurous Kenya bush pilot outdid her contemporary Amelia Earhart by flying the Atlantic solo the hard way The small single-engine monoplane emerged from the Atlantic sky and, nearly out of fuel, flew...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Bud Anderson

    Triple fighter ace and test pilot Bud Anderson is a legend in his own time. Like millions of other Depression-era kids who became enthralled with flight during aviation’s golden era, Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson Jr. grew up crazy about...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Churchill’s Aerial Adventures

    The future prime minister’s passion for flying helped transform military aviation in Britain. During a routine inspection tour of a Royal Naval Air Service facility in 1912, Winston Churchill took his first flight. It was only a short...