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Aviation History


'Wichita Fokker' Takes Flight

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm
Eric Berens' Travel Air 2000 makes its first flight since 1937. The Model 2000's superficial resemblance to the Fokker D.VII earned it a role in Howard Hughes' "Hell's Angels." [Image: Jim Weeden] The first production Travel Air, the Model 2000, …

Amazing But True Stories

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm
These 10 aviation tales prove that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

Miracle Landing Off Korea

David Sears | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:47 pm
Setting down on a carrier is difficult under the best conditions—but next to impossible if you can’t see.

Doolittle Raiders Drink a Final Toast

C.V. Glines | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:45 pm
Edward Saylor, Dick Cole (Jimmy Doolittle's copilot) and David Thatcher drink to their comrades. [Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force] A milestone historical event took place on November 9, 2013, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Rather than …

Down-Under Boxkite Replica

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:44 pm
A Bristol Military Biplane replica, recently delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force, awaits testing. [James Kightly] Until now, there has been only one flying Bristol Boxkite—the oft-photographed example that is part of the Shuttleworth Collection in England, a fragile …

Learjet's Golden Anniversary

Martin A. Bartels | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:44 pm
Rat Pack stalwarts Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra lent Lear's private jet an invaluable aura of cool during the mid-1960s. [John Bryson/Sygma/Corbis] It wasn't until the age of 50 that Frank Sinatra owned his first Learjet, but for the next …

Dog Finds a New House

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:43 pm
Veterans of HMM-361 pose with the restored Sikorsky UH-34D they presented to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. [U.S. Marine Corps] The Sikorsky UH-34D was properly named the Seahorse when flown by Marines, but jarheads usually called it the …

Table of Contents—March 2014 Aviation History

Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:42 pm
Now you can read Aviation History magazine on any device! FEATURES Wizard of Warplanes By Stephan Wilkinson Willy Messerschmitt gave his name to a vast array of aircraft, including the deadliest fighter of World War II. Not-So-Secret Weapon By C.G. …

First Planes Down at Pearl

Stephen Harding | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:55 pm
Three National Guardsmen on a morning sightseeing flight were among the first casualties on December 7, 1941.

Table of Contents—January 2014 'Aviation History'

Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:55 pm
Subscribe to print & digital editions of Aviation History magazine today! FEATURES Boyington's Bastards By Don Hollway Hero-hungry Americans couldn't get enough of the "Black Sheep," the Marines of VMF-214 who followed "Pappy" Boyington to fame in the Pacific. Skyrocketing …

Spanish Stork

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Emilio Garcia-Conde's Fieseler Fi-156 "Storch" in Spanish Civil War Nationalist markings. [© Dirk Bende via Dave McDonald] For all its warlike mien and malevolent insignia, the Luftwaffe version of the Fieseler Fi-156 Storch (Stork) is somehow charming—all gawky gear legs, …

Morane-Saulnier Across the Med

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Flying a replica Morane-Saulnier G, Baptiste Salis arrives in Tunisia, having crossed the Mediterranean a century after Roland Garros first did so in a Morane-Saulnier H. [©2013 Demotix] It's a quirk of history that Louis Blériot's July 1909 crossing of …

Twin Beech Takes Top NAHI

Nicholas A. Veronico | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:53 pm
From left: George Scott, Matt Walker and Mike Kvasnik with their award-winning 1946 Beechcraft D-18S. [Photo: Jim Dunn] Each year the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) brings together some of America's best aircraft restorations. The 15th NAHI competition was held …

From da Vinci to Voyager

Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:53 pm
In 1505-06, Leonardo da Vinci envisioned a day when humans would fly like birds. [Biblioteca Reale, Turin; Inset, NASA] "One can draw an imaginary line from the genius of the Renaissance [Leonardo da Vinci], who dreamed about human flight by …

Table of Contents—November 2013 'Aviation History'

Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Reginal Mitchell's Supermarine Spitfire; the mysterious disappearance of the Hawaii Clipper; Max Immelmann, the "Fokker Scourge;" the effort to cut off Hitler's oil supply in Ploesti; a dramatic search-and-rescue in Greenland during World War II.

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 …
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