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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.

Boneyard Art

Stephen Mauro | Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:11 pm
Artists have transformed old planes at the Davis-Monthan AFB "Boneyard" into colorful works of art.

Allen and Rutan Aim for Orbit

Stephen Mauro | Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:09 pm
The Stratolaunch Systems production facility broke ground at Mojave Air and Space Port in January 2012.

Mosquito to Buzz Again

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 08, 2012 at 3:21 pm
New Zealander Glyn Powell is building what will be the only airworthy de Havilland Mosquito.

Missing CNAC C-47 Located

Robert L. Willett | Published: March 08, 2012 at 3:21 pm
The crash site of China National Aviation Corporation C-47 No. 60 has been discovered in China's rugged Yunnan Province.

CAP Seeks Congressional Gold Medal

Stephen Mauro | Published: March 08, 2012 at 3:21 pm
The Civil Air Patrol is ramping up its efforts to award its members the Congressional Gold Medal for their service in World War II.

Movie Stars With Wings

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 08, 2012 at 3:11 pm
Before computer-generated images, aviation films had real airplanes and real aviators at the controls.
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