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Douglas World Cruiser Redux

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Beginning next spring, the World Cruiser replica "Seattle II" is poised to reprise the 1924 round-the-world flight made by its forebear. [Image: Bob Dempster] Any American who can fog a mirror will know the name of the airplane and aviator …

A Tigercat Roars Again

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:13 pm
James Slattery's Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat made its debut at the EAA AirVenture this summer. [Image: Jim Koepnick] The only reason to restore a Grumman F7F Tigercat is because it's so beautiful. The airplane was rejected as a carrier-borne fighter, the …

Sikorsky Prize Goes to Canadians

Nan Siegel | Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:13 pm
Todd Reichert prepares to make history during the June 13 attempt to meet the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Challenge. [Image: Aerovelo] After 33 years, the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Challenge has at last been met. The …

Germany Retires Its Last Phantom

Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:13 pm
Germany's first McDonnell-Douglas F-4F Phantom II rests after its final flight. [Image: A. Dijksterhuis] On June 29 Germany became the latest—but by no means the last—country to retire its McDonnell-Douglas F-4F Phantom II fighter-bombers, after 41 years of service. Of …

'Flying Pencil' Recovery

Jon Guttman | Published: July 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm
On August 26, 1940, German Dornier Do-17Zs of Kampfgeschwader 3 on a mission to bomb British airfields at Hornchurch and Debden were attacked by Boulton-Paul Defiants of No. 264 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Escorting Messerschmitt Me-109Es came to their aid, …

Coast to Coast on Sun Power

Martin A. Bartels | Published: July 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm
The Solar Impulse soars over the Golden Gate Bridge during tests in April 2013. [Image: Solar Impulse] Imagine flying 900 miles at about 40 mph in a cockpit that has half the interior space of a Mini Cooper, with wings …

New Drone Designs Take Wing

Published: July 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm
Even as debate continues over the ethical use of drones in foreign and domestic airspace, two new drone designs are nearing full airworthiness.

Collier Goes to Curiosity

Published: May 03, 2013 at 2:14 pm
A remarkable self-portrait of the Curiousity rover on Mars. (© NASA/JPL Mars Science Laboratory/Curiousity Project) Every year the National Aeronautic Association awards the  Robert J. Collier Trophy for "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to …

LAS Contract Dispute Continues

Martin A. Bartels | Published: May 03, 2013 at 2:13 pm
The A-29 Super Tucano by Embraer. (© Embraer)   A contract for 20 light air support (LAS) airplanes destined for Afghanistan's fledgling air force has stalled again, as Beechcraft Corporation filed suit against the U.S. Air Force to halt work on …

Return of the Avenger

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 04, 2013 at 11:12 am
The two-story high Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber has become a favorite warbird survivor.

Wings Remembered

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 04, 2013 at 11:12 am
A small Tennessee aviation museum holds a great collection of mostly World War II artifacts.

Martin Four-Oh-Four

Robert F. Dorr | Published: March 04, 2013 at 11:11 am
Among fanciers of the Martin 4-0-4 airliner were luminaries such as Frank Sinatra.

F3F Biplane Barrels Back

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm
Chris Prevost's newly refurbished F3F-2, formerly displayed at the Lone Star Flight Museum, bears the colorful markings of VMF-2 (Kyle Dykes). Christ Prevost of the Vintage Airplane Company has just returned to the air the F3F-2 you see here, which …

Defiant Restoration

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm
The Rolls-Royce Merlin III on the RAF Museum's newly restored Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I (RAF Museum, Hendon). Largely forgotten is that one squadron of Defiants was among the world's first effective electronic countermeasure units The U.S. had its …

Boeing Celebrates Aviation Pioneers

Stephen Mauro | Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm
Seattle's Museum of Flight premiered the new hi-def version of the PBS doc Pioneers in Aviation: The Race to the Moon.

Renewed Fury

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 05, 2012 at 3:42 pm
The Historic Aircraft Collection's rebuilt Hawker Fury displays its sleek lines and the checkerboard markings of No. 43 Squadron RAF. (Photo: Richard Paver) Some of the handsomest biplanes ever built were British and U.S. end-of-an-era fighters of the 1930s. Gloster …
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