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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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    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....

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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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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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    Saving General Patch

    An L-5 pilot transporting a VIP over Germany used all his skills to elude an Me-109. Technical Sergeant Robert F. Stretton Jr.’s logbook entry for April 18, 1945, simply records that he flew an Army Stinson L-5 from Kitzingen to...

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    Pioneer Airman’s Tragic Destiny

    Air force visionary Paul Beck’s scandalous demise clouded his impressive legacy. “The gun exploded and blew Beck’s head off,” reported The New York Times. “It was the dramatic outcome of a social evening among friends, the...

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    A Wing and a Prayer

    Neil Armstrong’s flying career nearly ended soon after it started, when he was forced to eject from his F9F Panther over Korea....

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    Carl A. Spaatz: An Air Power Strategist

    A doer and a problem-solver who got results without fanfare, `Tooey' Spaatz was dedicated to creating the Air Force as a separate military service....

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    Drones: The Hollywood Connection

    Actor Reginald Denny was instrumental in launching the target drone, and his factory launched a new star. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), better known as drones, have generated plenty of controversy in recent years. In addition to...

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    Mr. Stewart Goes to War

    In the March 2011 issue Jimmy Stewart takes center stage aboard B-24 Liberators in the European Theater....