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Aviation History Briefing


'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 …

Faithful Annie Flies Again

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 05, 2012 at 3:29 pm
Bill and Robyn Reid's restored Avro Anson is one of only three "Annies," and the only Mark I model, currently flying. (Photo: Gavin Conroy/Classic Aircraft Photography) Twin Beech fans might take issue, but the U.S. had nothing like the Avro …

Potez Replica's First Flight

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 06, 2012 at 2:42 pm
The humpbacked Potez 63-11 may not have the most beautiful profile, but in its day it was the fastest observation airplane in the world. (Bernard Delfino) The Potez is brand-new, built from scratch using long-lost French blueprints Perhaps because the …

Historic Heinkel Recovered

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 06, 2012 at 2:42 pm
Lifted mostly intact from a Norwegian fjord, this Heinkel He-115B may represent the most convenient recovery of a warbird in history. (Flyhistorisk Museum Sola) "The museum has yet to decide whether this He-115 will be restored to nonflying display status …

E-volo Takes Lindbergh Prize

Stephen Mauro | Published: September 06, 2012 at 2:42 pm
The VC1 makes its first test hop at Karlsrühe, Germany, in October 2011. (e-volo) "If this innovative design reaches the commercial market it will dramatically change the way we move about the planet." Multiple-overhead-rotor flying machines, which seemingly offered safety …
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