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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."

Travel Air Type R Replica

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm
The Travel Air Type R, popularly known as the “Mystery Ship,” was the first civilian air racer to beat military-backed modified fighters.

National Aviation Heritage Invitational

Nicholas A. Veronico | Published: November 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm
This year’s grand champion and winner of the Neil A. Armstrong National Aviation Heritage Trophy was a beautiful 1934 Waco YKC cabin-class biplane.

Aviation History now on iPad®

Published: November 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm
The new Aviation History iPad® Newsstand app delivers everything in our print magazine and much, much more.

The Adventures of Flying Fitz

Derek O'Connor | Published: October 30, 2014 at 9:37 am
The celebrated copilot of the first airplane to cross the Atlantic from east to west, James Fitzmaurice ended up a forgotten hero caught between two worlds

Table of Contents—November 2014 Aviation History

Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:59 pm
Subscribe to Aviation History in print and digital versions today! FEATURES The Warplane Nobody Wanted By Stephan Wilkinson The A-10 Warthog was built for one mission: close air support. But does a single-mission airplane still make sense today? The Magnificent Seven…

The Warplane Nobody Wanted

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:57 pm
The A-10 Warthog has survived repeated attempts to put it out to pasture. Now its time may finally be up.
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