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Aviation History Briefing


Follow the latest news in the world of aviation—from priceless warbird recoveries and restorations to vintage airplane gatherings to innovations in the world of military aviation and aerospace engineering.

Aviation History Briefing


Fairey Swordfish Back in the Air

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 04, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Vintage Wings of Canada has restored a Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo bomber.

Flight 1549 Completes Its Journey

Stephen Mauro | Published: September 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm
The Carolinas Aviation Museum is exhibiting the "Miracle on the Hudson" Airbus A320.

Twin Mustang Prototype to Fly Again

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Restoration pro Tom Reilly is restoring the rarest Twin Mustang to survive—the number-two XP-82 prototype.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm
A team of English modelers have built a 1/6th-scale radio-controlled model of the B-26B Marauder Flak Bait.

WWI Wings & Wheels

Jon Guttman | Published: September 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm
A World War I aviation theme pervaded the annual Wings & Wheels Extravaganza held July 9-10 at the Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel, Pa.

Kiwi P-40C Takes Wing

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: July 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm
Avspec's P-40C Warhawk is actually a restored Tomahawk, the export version of the plane. It was recovered as a wreck in northern Russia.

Biggles' Biplane

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: July 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm
Made for the 1960s big-budget World War I film Biggles Sweeps the Skies, "Biggles' Biplane" is a re-creation of a de Havilland B.E.2c, constructed using de Havilland Moth components.

Vulcan Returns Home

Stephen Mauro | Published: July 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Vulcan to the Sky Trust returned the only remaining airworthy Avro Vulcan to its former base RAF Finningley in March.

Sikorsky X2 Wins Collier

Nan Siegel | Published: July 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm
Sikorsky earned the Robert J. Collier Trophy for developing a coaxial, auxiliary propulsion helicopter, the X2.

Video: Last Flight of Empress of Suva

John Miller | Published: May 18, 2011 at 11:14 am
Ex–Canadian Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-6B Empress of Suva completed its last flight on December 4, 2010, in Pretoria, South Africa.

The Shack is Back

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: May 12, 2011 at 11:15 am
In Britain, volunteers have spent 13 years renovating a 1954 Avro Shackleton bomber that served a remarkable 37 years with the RAF.

Fokker Revival

Rolf Stibbe | Published: May 12, 2011 at 11:15 am
Under the leadership of owner Achim Engels, Engels Aeroplanbau in Württemberg is producing full-scale airworthy replicas of German World War I aircraft.

Going Up?

Stephen Mauro | Published: May 12, 2011 at 11:14 am
On March 5, 2011, cluster balloonist Jonathan Trappe re-created the flying house from the Disney/Pixar film Up.

Fairey Gannet Revival

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm
Two Fairey Gannets are being restored to flying status, and, when complete, will be the only ones aloft.

Missing B-24 Crew Returns Home

Stephen Mauro | Published: March 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm
The B-24 "Shack Rat" crashed into the mountains of Papua New Guinea in October 1943. The Army's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command has identified the remains of three of the crewmen and returned them to the U.S. for burial.

Mach 2 Private Planes

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Two Russian MiG-29s have recently flown in private hands in the U.S.
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