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Martin Four-Oh-Four

Robert F. Dorr | Published: March 04, 2013 at 11:11 am
Among fanciers of the Martin 4-0-4 airliner were luminaries such as Frank Sinatra.

F3F Biplane Barrels Back

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm
Chris Prevost's newly refurbished F3F-2, formerly displayed at the Lone Star Flight Museum, bears the colorful markings of VMF-2 (Kyle Dykes). Christ Prevost of the Vintage Airplane Company has just returned to the air the F3F-2 you see here, which …

Defiant Restoration

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm
The Rolls-Royce Merlin III on the RAF Museum's newly restored Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I (RAF Museum, Hendon). Largely forgotten is that one squadron of Defiants was among the world's first effective electronic countermeasure units The U.S. had its …

Boeing Celebrates Aviation Pioneers

Stephen Mauro | Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm
Seattle's Museum of Flight premiered the new hi-def version of the PBS doc Pioneers in Aviation: The Race to the Moon.

P-51 Pilot: A Day in the Life

William Lyons | Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm
A Mustang jockey recounts one of his most memorable missions—from start to finish.

The 11-Day War

Robert O. Harder | Published: November 05, 2012 at 3:44 pm
The so-called Christmas Bombings in 1972 brought the North Vietnamese back to the negotiating table, but at a high cost

Renewed Fury

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 05, 2012 at 3:42 pm
The Historic Aircraft Collection's rebuilt Hawker Fury displays its sleek lines and the checkerboard markings of No. 43 Squadron RAF. (Photo: Richard Paver) Some of the handsomest biplanes ever built were British and U.S. end-of-an-era fighters of the 1930s. Gloster …

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 …

Angel of Death

Dan Hampton | Published: September 06, 2012 at 5:09 pm
An F-16 Wild Weasel pilot recounts a dangerous mission during Operation Iraqi Freedom in which he helped save a group of trapped Marines

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 …

Watson's Whizzers - Saving the Me-262

Phil Scott | Published: August 21, 2012 at 9:38 am
After WWII, "Watson's Whizzers" returned a handful of German Me-262s to the air, ushering in the U.S. jet age.

The 10 Greatest Emergency Landings

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: July 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm
US Airways Captain Chesley Sullenberger's remarkable ditching of his Airbus A320 in the Hudson River is undoubtedly the most famous forced landing of all time. Author Stephan Wilkinson details 10 more awesome airplane emergency landings, big and small, heroic and embarrassing, skillful and just plain lucky.

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.
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