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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.

Percival Mew Gull Debuts

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm
Percival Mew Gulls dominated British air racing in the late 1930s.

Table of Contents—July 2014, Aviation History

Published: May 02, 2014 at 12:47 pm
Subscribe to Aviation History magazine today! FEATURES The Goldilocks Fighter By Stephan Wilkinson Grumman's F6F Hellcat was just the right airplane at just the right time for the U.S. Navy. Badass Pilots: A Vanishing Breed? By Walter J. Boyne …

Battling Beast Debuts

Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:33 am
The first airplane to emerge from the new restoration hangar at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center was unveiled to the public on April 1: the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver

Waiting for the Candy Bomber

Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:31 am
Spirit of Freedom is one of hundreds of aircraft that delivered more than 200,000 tons of food and fuel during the airlift.

Patuxent Crown Jewel

Jon Guttman | Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:19 am
Since it's a non-flying replica, the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum's A-1 Triad was built with an emphasis on authenticity. (Courtesy of Hank Caruso) While the Wright brothers were supplying versions of their Flyer to the U.S. Army, on February …

Kermit’s Curtiss-Wrights

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:14 am
The Curtiss-Wright CW-19 is a rare representative of the transitional days when U.S. aviation stepped fully into the mid-20th century.

Relentless In Battle

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver | Published: May 02, 2014 at 10:56 am
Hellcat pilot David McCampbell used his gunnery skills to achieve “ace in a day” status twice, earning the Medal of Honor and ultimately becoming the U.S. Navy’s ace of aces

Table of Contents—May 2014 'Aviation History'

Published: February 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm
Subscribe to Aviation History magazine today, in print or digital formats! FEATURES Why the P-38 Flunked in Europe By Robert F. Dorr In 1941, 87 percent of prospective U.S. military pilots wanted to fly the twin-engine Lightning. But most weren't …

RAF's Best Photos

Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm
Visit the RAF Museum London's Colindale site to see the 24th annual RAF Photographic Competition, on display until April 28.

Osprey Settles Into New Nest

Martin A. Bartels | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm
The Air Force’s oldest Osprey (a CV-22), originally built as a preproduction aircraft for the U.S. Navy, enters retirement.

'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.
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