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Table of Contents—May 2015 Aviation History

Published: March 13, 2015 at 10:53 am
iPad® | Digital | Print Subscribe to Aviation History magazine today! FEATURES The Natural By Barrett Tillman Many consider first-ever U.S. Marine Corps ace Marion E. Carl the greatest Marine aviator of all time. The Other Cactus Air Force By …

The Other Cactus Air Force

Lawrence Spinetta | Published: March 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm
The contributions of the Army Air Forces were vital to victory at Guadalcanal

Third Time’s the Charm?

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm
Britain's most star-crossed restoration project is back in the air.

Smithsonian Treasures on Display

Published: March 11, 2015 at 2:50 pm
A recent media preview at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center provided an opportunity to check out some fascinating projects.

Immaculate Restorations

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 11, 2015 at 2:50 pm
MeierMotors, thanks to PRman/webmaster Matthias Dorst, has flooded warbird forums with photos of MM’s restorers at work on a variety of notable airplanes.

Herk Rescue Mission

Published: March 11, 2015 at 2:50 pm
Former hostages and rescuer reunite near Secord's C-130 in 2013. Mack Secord On November 24, 1964, Mrs. Marilyn Wendler was an 11-year-old missionary's daughter scrambling aboard a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules piloted by Captain Mack Secord, of the 464th …

The Miraculous Mosquito

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:06 pm
De Havilland's versatile Wooden Wonder racked up an admirable combat record within a remarkably short timespan

Movie Messerschmitts Sold

Jon Guttman | Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:04 pm
Stunt pilot Connie Edwards' cache of HA-1112 Buchons shown as sold to Swiss company Boschung Global Ltd. [Image: c. Boschung Global] The Swiss company Boschung Global Ltd. announced on November 13, 2014, that it has taken possession of six rare …

EAA’s Standard J-1 Returns

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:04 pm
The EAA's Standard J-1, decked out in the markings of fictional barnstormer Waldo Pepper, takes to the air again. [Jason Toney/EAA] The square-cut 1916-18 Standard J-1 biplane is notorious for being mistaken as a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, a situation not …

Thinking Outside the Gondola

Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:04 pm
On October 24, 2014, Alan Eustace ascended to 135,890 feet wearing a pressure suit with life support system before exceeding the speed of sound in a record-breaking skydive. [J. Martin Harris] A little more than two years after Felix Baumgartner's …

Google Takes Over Moffett Field

Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:04 pm
USS Macon was stored inside the massive Hangar One at Moffett Field in 1934. Underwood Archives/Getty Images With a 200-foot-high ceiling and a floor surface covering eight acres, Hangar One at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., is an appropriate …

Table of Contents—Aviation History March 2015

Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Subscribe to Aviation History magazine today! FEATURES Luftwaffe's Last Blow! By Don Hollway Seventy years ago, Germany launched Operation Bodenplatte, a last-ditch, all-out effort against Allied airfields. The Miraculous Mosquito By Stephan Wilkinson Britain's "Wooden Wonder" became the world's …

Table of Contents—January 2015 Aviation History

Published: November 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm
Subscribe to Aviation History magazine today! FEATURES The Lost Squadron By Mark Carlson In one of the U.S. Marine Corps' worst air disasters, six pilots and 22 Corsairs were lost in the Pacific. Heinemann's Hot Rod By John Golan With …

Dragon Lady Down

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm
Republic of China Air Force Major “Mike” Hua pulled off a nighttime dead-stick landing in an early U-2

Gee Bee Super Q.E.D. II

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm
The Super Q.E.D. II first flew in September 2013, and made its public debut at Oshkosh in the summer of 2014.

Original Air Force One

Dick Smith | Published: November 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm
An L-749 Constellation is the first aircraft to carry the coveted call sign "Air Force One."
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