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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.

Soccer War Corsair

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:54 pm
Some of the most unusual Corsairs in the world are the two dozen that participated in the last-ever air war involving piston-engine fighters, during the July 1969 "Soccer War" between El Salvador and Honduras. (The two air forces had a …

Seabee Revival

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:53 pm
Mike Araldi's Republic RC-3 amphibian, which he christened "Abeja" ("Bee"), is marked accordingly. Mike Araldi Every dog has its day—even a Seabee. A design bought by Republic to help keep its Long Island factory active when the world no longer …

Tweets Heard Round the World

Nan Siegel | Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:53 pm
Amelia Rose Earhart arrives at Oakland after her 24,300-mile journey. AP Photo/Oakland Tribune During Amelia Earhart's ill-fated 1937 round-the-world attempt, the famed Golden Age flier dubbed "Lady Lindy" relied on the press to keep her in the public eye. Before …

Hawaii by Air

Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:53 pm
National Air and Space Museum Though the first transpacific air service to Hawaii began in 1935, via Pan American Airways' Clippers, the real tourist boom didn't commence until after WWII, when a new generation of airliners made the trip easy …

WWII Heroes Win Gold

Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm
The Congressional Gold Medal has been approved for members of the Civil Air Patrol or CAP who served during WWII and to the legendary Doolittle Raiders.

Screamin' Sasquatch

Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm
The jet-assisted Waco will soar at air shows this summer.

Flight Test Museum to Expand

Robert Bernier | Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm
The Air Force Flight Test Museum, located at Edwards Air Force Base in California, is planning a move to bigger quarters.

Albatros Returns to Old Rhinebeck

Jon Guttman | Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm
A replica Albatros D.Va built in the 1970s has been restored and is back in the air. Students of the Saxe Middle School of New Canaan, Connecticut, raised funds for the restoration.

Percival Mew Gull Debuts

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm
Percival Mew Gulls dominated British air racing in the late 1930s.

Battling Beast Debuts

Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:33 am
The first airplane to emerge from the new restoration hangar at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center was unveiled to the public on April 1: the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver

Waiting for the Candy Bomber

Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:31 am
Spirit of Freedom is one of hundreds of aircraft that delivered more than 200,000 tons of food and fuel during the airlift.

Patuxent Crown Jewel

Jon Guttman | Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:19 am
Since it's a non-flying replica, the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum's A-1 Triad was built with an emphasis on authenticity. (Courtesy of Hank Caruso) While the Wright brothers were supplying versions of their Flyer to the U.S. Army, on February …
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