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Aviation History Briefing


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Aviation History Briefing


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.

Yak Sets Speed Record

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 19, 2012 at 10:34 am
Reno racer Will Whiteside has set a world speed record in a Romanian-built Yak-3U.

Storied C-130E Goes to USAF Museum

Stephen Mauro | Published: January 19, 2012 at 10:33 am
The Hercules suffered a close call during the Siege of An Loc in 1972.

F2G Racer Returns

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 04, 2011 at 2:08 pm
Once in a junkyard, a Navy Corsair is now restored and ready to race.

Aviation Heritage Invitational Held at Reno

Stephen Mauro | Published: November 04, 2011 at 2:08 pm
The 2011 National Aviation Heritage Invitational was held at the 48th annual Reno Air Races in September.

World War II Ace Flies Again

Leon J. Delisle | Published: November 04, 2011 at 2:05 pm
The 95-year-old ace James B. Morehead flew a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk this August at Sonoma Valley Airport in California.

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.
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