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Travel Air Type R Replica

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm
The Travel Air Type R, popularly known as the “Mystery Ship,” was the first civilian air racer to beat military-backed modified fighters.

National Aviation Heritage Invitational

Nicholas A. Veronico | Published: November 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm
This year’s grand champion and winner of the Neil A. Armstrong National Aviation Heritage Trophy was a beautiful 1934 Waco YKC cabin-class biplane.

Aviation History now on iPad®

Published: November 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm
The new Aviation History iPad® Newsstand app delivers everything in our print magazine and much, much more.

The Adventures of Flying Fitz

Derek O'Connor | Published: October 30, 2014 at 9:37 am
The celebrated copilot of the first airplane to cross the Atlantic from east to west, James Fitzmaurice ended up a forgotten hero caught between two worlds

Table of Contents—November 2014 Aviation History

Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:59 pm
Subscribe to Aviation History in print and digital versions today! FEATURES The Warplane Nobody Wanted By Stephan Wilkinson The A-10 Warthog was built for one mission: close air support. But does a single-mission airplane still make sense today? The Magnificent Seven…

The Warplane Nobody Wanted

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:57 pm
The A-10 Warthog has survived repeated attempts to put it out to pasture. Now its time may finally be up.

Soccer War Corsair

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:54 pm
Some of the most unusual Corsairs in the world are the two dozen that participated in the last-ever air war involving piston-engine fighters, during the July 1969 "Soccer War" between El Salvador and Honduras. (The two air forces had a …

Seabee Revival

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:53 pm
Mike Araldi's Republic RC-3 amphibian, which he christened "Abeja" ("Bee"), is marked accordingly. Mike Araldi Every dog has its day—even a Seabee. A design bought by Republic to help keep its Long Island factory active when the world no longer …

Tweets Heard Round the World

Nan Siegel | Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:53 pm
Amelia Rose Earhart arrives at Oakland after her 24,300-mile journey. AP Photo/Oakland Tribune During Amelia Earhart's ill-fated 1937 round-the-world attempt, the famed Golden Age flier dubbed "Lady Lindy" relied on the press to keep her in the public eye. Before …

Hawaii by Air

Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:53 pm
National Air and Space Museum Though the first transpacific air service to Hawaii began in 1935, via Pan American Airways' Clippers, the real tourist boom didn't commence until after WWII, when a new generation of airliners made the trip easy …

Table of Contents—September 2014 Aviation History

Published: July 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm
Subscribe to Aviation History  magazine today! FEATURES The Long Haul By John Ottley Jr. B-29 radar navigator Richard Almand flew the last heavy bomber raid of World War II—a nearly 17-hour mission. A Wing and a Prayer By Jay Barbree …

A Wing and a Prayer

Jay Barbree | Published: July 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm
Neil Armstrong’s flying career nearly ended soon after it started, when he was forced to eject from his F9F Panther over Korea.

WWII Heroes Win Gold

Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm
The Congressional Gold Medal has been approved for members of the Civil Air Patrol or CAP who served during WWII and to the legendary Doolittle Raiders.

Screamin' Sasquatch

Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm
The jet-assisted Waco will soar at air shows this summer.

Flight Test Museum to Expand

Robert Bernier | Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm
The Air Force Flight Test Museum, located at Edwards Air Force Base in California, is planning a move to bigger quarters.

Albatros Returns to Old Rhinebeck

Jon Guttman | Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm
A replica Albatros D.Va built in the 1970s has been restored and is back in the air. Students of the Saxe Middle School of New Canaan, Connecticut, raised funds for the restoration.
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