Table of Contents—March 2014 Aviation History

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Wizard of Warplanes
By Stephan Wilkinson
Willy Messerschmitt gave his name to a vast array of aircraft, including the deadliest fighter of World War II.

Not-So-Secret Weapon
By C.G. Sweeting
Despite efforts to keep the Norden bombsight under wraps, it was
no mystery to the Germans.

Flight of the Polar Eagle
By C. Michael Hiam
Three Swedish aeronauts launched an ill-fated attempt to reach the
North Pole by balloon in 1897.

The Curious Curse of Skylark 
By Ron Eschmann
Can an airplane name actually be unlucky? It would seem so.

Nonstop to Hawaii by Air and Sea
By John Geoghegan
U.S. Navy Commander John Rodgers set a seaplane record by flying 2,155
miles nonstop—then turned his PN-9 flying boat into a sailboat.

Miracle Landing Off Korea
By David Sears
Blinded and fighting to keep his F9F-2 in the air after being “clotheslined,” Ensign Ed Jackson managed to trap a wire on USS Philippine Sea.


By Mark Wolverton
The oblique-wing AD-1 looked odd
but flew just fine.

By O’Brien Browne
Lothar von Richthofen’s famous
brother described him as “a shooter,
whose only fun is shooting.”


By Jon Guttman
The homebuilt VanDersarl Blériot once again
takes wing.Letter From Aviation History


Flight Test
By Jon Guttman

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