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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

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 …

Van's Homebuilt RVs

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: July 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm
Paul Dye has restored the original RV-1, progenitor of the world's most successful line of homebuilt planes.

Virgorous Viggen

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: July 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm
The Swedish Air Force Historic Flight has certified a Saab Viggen, adding it to its team of airworthy former SAF jet fighters.

Desert Kittyhawk Discovered

Stephen Mauro | Published: July 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Polish oil men recently discovered a remarkably intact Curtiss Kittyhawk in the Sahara Desert inside Egypt.

Single-Seater Baby B-17

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:13 pm
Illinois native Jack Bally is building a 1/3-scale, flyable, Boeing B-17 replica.

RAF Museum Rolls Out Restored Dolphin

Stephen Mauro | Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:13 pm
The RAF Museum in London has added a rare breed to its collection—a mostly original Sopwith Dolphin.

Boneyard Art

Stephen Mauro | Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:11 pm
Artists have transformed old planes at the Davis-Monthan AFB "Boneyard" into colorful works of art.

Allen and Rutan Aim for Orbit

Stephen Mauro | Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:09 pm
The Stratolaunch Systems production facility broke ground at Mojave Air and Space Port in January 2012.

Mosquito to Buzz Again

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 08, 2012 at 3:21 pm
New Zealander Glyn Powell is building what will be the only airworthy de Havilland Mosquito.

Missing CNAC C-47 Located

Robert L. Willett | Published: March 08, 2012 at 3:21 pm
The crash site of China National Aviation Corporation C-47 No. 60 has been discovered in China's rugged Yunnan Province.

CAP Seeks Congressional Gold Medal

Stephen Mauro | Published: March 08, 2012 at 3:21 pm
The Civil Air Patrol is ramping up its efforts to award its members the Congressional Gold Medal for their service in World War II.

Shturmovik Rebuilt Under Radar

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 19, 2012 at 10:34 am
Russia's Aviarestoration has restored an Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik.

Piloted V-1 Flying Bomb Restored

Rudolf Stumberger | Published: January 19, 2012 at 10:34 am
A German expert has restored a piloted version of the V-1 rocket.
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