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Authoritative, in-depth history of world aviation from its origins to the Space Age. Aviation History offers air enthusiasts the most detailed coverage of the history of manned flight, with action-packed stories and illustrations that put the reader in the cockpit to experience aviation’s greatest dramas.




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    Pacific War Action

    Mission variety adds spice to both Pacific Carriers and Dogfight 1942. Fans of Pacific War air combat sims have plenty of options these days, as several titles are now available from Steam (steampowered.com), two of  which are...

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    Aviation History Review: Test Pilot

    Test Pilot by Jimmy Collins He never was as famous as Doolittle, the other test pilot Jimmy, or as well-known as the flashy air racers of the 1930s, the Roscoe Turners and Speed Holmans. Just a working stiff who got by while hopping from...

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    Aviation History DVD Review: Whittle

    Whittle: The Jet Pioneer Shelter Island, 77 minutes plus extras, 2012, $24.98. In many ways this is the best and most comprehensive account of the turbojet aircraft engine’s development and the race with Germany to put the first jet...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Operation Storm

    Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Their Plan to Change the Course of World War II by John J. Geoghegan, Crown Publishing Group, New York, 2013, $39.95. Early in 1942, Warner Brothers released Across the Pacific, a film...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Jet Age Man

    Jet Age Man: SAC B-47 and B-52 Operations in the Early Cold War by Lt. Col. Earl J. McGill, USAF (ret.), Helion & Company Ltd, UK, 2012, $49.95. This is a wonderful book for a wide variety of reasons, the first being the most...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Day Fighters in Defence of the Reich

    Day Fighters in Defence of the Reich: A War Diary, 1942-1945 by Donald Caldwell, Frontline Books, Barnsley, UK, 2012, $70. Donald Caldwell, co-author of The Luftwaffe Over Germany, once again tackles an immense, complex subject with his...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Mission to Tokyo

    Mission to Tokyo: The American Airmen Who Took the War to the Heart of Japan by Robert F. Dorr, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2012, $30. Mission to Tokyo is better than Bob Dorr’s previous Mission to Berlin, which is saying a great...

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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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    Superforts vs. MiGs

    Over Korea, prop-driven bombers tackled an unfamiliar mission and faced Soviet-built jets for the first time. The Cold War took on a new and more frightening face when the North Koreans invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950. Five years...

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    Flight of the Wellesleys

    In 1938 three RAF single-engine bombers set out on an adventure to Oz, hoping to break a nonstop distance record. Early on November 5, 1938, three Vickers Wellesley bombers of the Royal Air Force’s Long Range Development Unit (LRDU)...

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    ‘Unstart’ Over Murmansk

    All hell broke loose at 83,000 feet, just as a Soviet SAM site had the SR-71 Blackbird in its sights. Summer 1984: the coldest part of the Cold War’s final years, when both sides were doing their best to keep tabs on each other. For the...

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    Cat Tales: Consolidated’s PBY Flying Boat

    Consolidated’s rugged PBY set a standard for flying boats and amphibians that will never be eclipsed. 1935 was a vintage year for first flights. It saw the arrival of three enormously capable, ahead-of-their-time airplanes that played a...

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    American Kamikaze

    U.S. Navy pilot “Griff” Griffin survived intense combat in the Pacific War, then trained for missions that could only be described as suicidal. In October 1944, as USS bombers launched a second day of strikes on Japanese positions on...

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    Spitfire From the Sands

    Long buried on a Calais beach, a meticulously reconstructed Mark I is once again in flying trim. In the fall of 1980, a beachcomber walking the shoreline at Calais, on France’s northern coast, spotted something unusual protruding from...

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    Pioneering Convertiplane

    Gerard Herrick tried to have the best of both worlds—fixed-wing and rotary-wing—with his HV-2A. The concept of rotary-winged aircraft goes all the way back—on paper, at least—to Leonardo da Vinci, but even after the Wright brothers...

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    Aviation History Briefing- May 2013

    Return of the Avenger Largely unnoticed among restorations of more glamorous fighters, the waddling, two-story-high Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber has become a favorite warbird survivor. Why? Because hundreds of Avengers lived on as...