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Kermit’s Curtiss-Wrights

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

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
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RAF’s Best Photos

Visit the RAF Museum London's Colindale site to see the 24th annual RAF Photographic Competition, on display until April 28.
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Osprey Settles Into New Nest

The Air Force’s oldest Osprey (a CV-22), originally built as a preproduction aircraft for the U.S. Navy, enters retirement.
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‘Wichita Fokker’ Takes Flight

The first production Travel Air, the Model 2000, was an American classic. It was the first successful replacement for the weary, worn-out, war-surplus Curtiss JN-4 Jennys that in the mid-1920s comprised the...
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Miracle Landing Off Korea

Setting down on a carrier is difficult under the best conditions—but next to impossible if you can’t see.
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Doolittle Raiders Drink a Final Toast

A milestone historical event took place on November 9, 2013, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Rather than wait until there were only two Doolittle Tokyo Raiders left to turn over their own...
A Bristol Military Biplane replica, recently delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force, awaits testing. [James Kightly]

Down-Under Boxkite Replica

Until now, there has been only one flying Bristol Boxkite—the oft-photographed example that is part of the Shuttleworth Collection in England, a fragile chaos of cables and turnbuckles that is flown only...
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Learjet’s Golden Anniversary

It wasn’t until the age of 50 that Frank Sinatra owned his first Learjet, but for the next two years it would become perhaps the most notorious mode of transportation for Rat Pack members and their...

Dog Finds a New House

The Sikorsky UH-34D was properly named the Seahorse when flown by Marines, but jarheads usually called it the Dog. Nothing derogatory, for the Marines loved them—just a phonetic reference to its mark. This...

First Planes Down at Pearl

Three National Guardsmen on a morning sightseeing flight were among the first casualties on December 7, 1941.
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Spanish Stork

For all its warlike mien and malevolent insignia, the Luftwaffe version of the Fieseler Fi-156 Storch (Stork) is somehow charming—all gawky gear legs, gaping overbite engine cowling, the cabin glazing...