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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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    New Mossie Shapes Up

    Among the rarest classic airplanes are those made of wood, for they suffer grievously if left to absorb water and rot over years of imperfect storage. Rarer still—in this case the plywood de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bomber—are those...

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    Samuel Pierpont Langley: Aviation Pioneer

    More than 100 years ago, Samuel Langley's team of specialists from the Smithsonian Institution proved to a small group of astonished observers that powered flight was possible. But they still had to prove that their Aerodrome could safely...

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    First Blood in Korean Skies

    In a brief but eventful combat career, the F-82 Twin Mustang proved its worth over Korea. By early 1945 it seemed obvious to the Allies that Japan would never surrender and the only way to achieve total victory in the Pacific War was by...

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    Death on the High Road: The Schweinfurt Raid

    In October 1943, Eighth Air Force bombers flew through hell to bomb Schweinfurt, Germany. For them, Schweinfurt meant only one thing: a killer town that was one of the most savagely defended targets along the aerial high road above...

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    Review: Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Naval aviation takes center stage in a new sim. Since this installment of “Airware” reaches the newstand shortly before the anniversary of the Japanese strike on Pearl Harbor, it’s fitting that Attack on Pearl Harbor ($30, requires...

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    Aviation History Book Review: To Fly and Fight

    To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace by U.S. Air Force Colonel Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson (ret.), with Joseph P. Hamelin Sometimes you finish reading a memoir wishing that you knew the author better. With Bud Anderson’s...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Beaufighters in the Night

    Beaufighters in the Night: 417 Night Fighter Squadron USAAF by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Braxton “Brick” Eisel , Casemate, Drexel Hill, Pa., 2007, $39.95. Although a lot of histories have been written about individual combat aviation...

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    Aviation History Book Review: John Warden

    John Warden and the Renaissance of American Air Power by John Andreas Olsen, Potomac Books, Inc., Washington, D.C., 2007, $32.95. Colonel John A. Warden III is regarded by many as one of the most important air power philosophers of the...

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    The Devil’s Broomstick

    The Soviet Union was the first country to adopt a rocket-powered fighter— and swiftly abandon it. Although none of the Western powers came anywhere near the German level of rocket aircraft development before World War II, the Germans...

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    Building a Better Navy Jet

    Faced with an air superiority gap versus Air Force jets in the late 1940s and early ’50s, the U.S. Navy embarked on an ambitious aircraft development program that produced one of the world’s best all-around fighters. Sometimes truth is...

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    Flight of the Spokane Sun God

    Battling violent storms, forest fire smoke, head winds and fatigue, a pair of aviators flew nonstop across America and back to establish a new world record. The swaying hose slowly approached as pilot Nicholas B. Mamer eased the...

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    At Home in the Blue Vault

    Legendary fighter leader Robin Olds once told a Strategic Air Command gathering, ‘Peace is not my profession’—a jab at the SAC motto ‘Peace Is Our Profession.’ Rest in peace, Robin. You have 60 seconds to make your pitch to film...

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    Return From Rimini

    Sam Lyons’ painting commemorates a September 1944 raid on Italy’s Gothic Line. Veteran aviation artist Sam Lyons had to carry out some detective work in the course of research for his latest commissioned painting. Return From Rimini...

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    Aviation History Briefing- January 2008

    Bear in the Air Not since the Fairey Swordfish “Stringbag” biplane whacked the Italians at Taranto and crippled Bismarck has an airplane as archaic as the Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber threatened the Western powers. Yes,...

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    Aviation History Letters from Readers- January 2008

    In-Flight Reading I read E.R. Johnson’s article in the September issue about the Curtiss C-46 Commando, “The Airliner That Went to War,” with great interest and enjoyment. I have been a C-46 buff for over nine years now, but had not...

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    FSX Acceleration

    A new expansion pack revs up Microsoft’s Flight Simulator. Perhaps an evaluation of an airplane is less about the plane than it is about its maturation. No aircraft is perfect out of the gate. The Chance Vought F4U Corsair, the General...