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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.

Desert Kittyhawk Discovered

Stephen Mauro | Published: July 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Polish oil men recently discovered a remarkably intact Curtiss Kittyhawk in the Sahara Desert inside Egypt.

Spin Control

Evan Hadingham | Published: July 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm
How pioneering pilots learned to escape the death spiral.

Emory Bronte and Ernie Smith: Flew From California to Hawaii in 1927

David H. Grover | Published: June 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm
The accomplishments of two pioneering civilians -- Emory Bronte and Ernie Smith -- who piloted a Travel Air across the Pacific in 1927 have been largely overlooked.

One-Oh-Nine: Messerschmitt's Killing Machine

Jon Guttman | Published: June 13, 2012 at 1:01 am
The notoriety that it gained as the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force is barely half the story of Willy Messerschmitt's ubiquitous creation. Few arguments are more futile–yet more perennially enticing–than the question of which was the greatest fighter of …

Gustave Whitehead and the First-Flight Controversy

Published: June 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm
Long-festering intrigues surface as a group challenges the first-flight claims of the Wright brothers, contending that Gustave Whitehead beat them to the punch.

World War II: Eyewitness to the Raid on Ploesti

Published: June 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm
A pilot's detailed firsthand account describes the mission to bomb Romania's oil refineries in August 1943.

Pappy Boyington: Interview with the U.S. World War II Ace

Published: June 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm
U.S. Marine ace Pappy Boyington is as well known for his flamboyant personality as for his flying skills.

Across the Hypersonic Divide

Richard P. Hallion | Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:14 pm
The X-15 tested the limits of speed and altitude for winged aircraft, bridging the gap between the air and space ages.

Single-Seater Baby B-17

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:13 pm
Illinois native Jack Bally is building a 1/3-scale, flyable, Boeing B-17 replica.

RAF Museum Rolls Out Restored Dolphin

Stephen Mauro | Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:13 pm
The RAF Museum in London has added a rare breed to its collection—a mostly original Sopwith Dolphin.
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