Table of Contents – May 2012 Aviation History

3/8/2012 • AVH Issues

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By Barrett Tillman
Meet P-51 Mustang ace Clarence “Bud” Anderson, who Chuck Yeager calls “the best fighter pilot I ever saw.”

They Flew From Shangri-La
By C.V. Glines
Seventy years after their celebrated B-25 mission, the Doolittle Raiders’ deeds live on.

Movie Stars With Wings
By Stephan Wilkinson
Although not necessarily considered “airplane movies,” these 12 films feature aircraft in starring roles.

Fokker’s Fabulous Flying Coffin
By Robert Guttman
The D.VII represented the last and most formidable challenge to Allied aerial supremacy over the Western Front.

The Marines Take Wing
By Walter Knapp
A handful of intrepid fliers pioneered U.S. Marine Corps aviation a century ago.

Marine Chopper Salvage
By Craig A. Thorson
The first U.S. Marine transport helicopter squadron proved that vertical envelopment worked.




By Don Bedwell
Flagging industry support and burgeoning costs grounded America’s SST.

By Dick Smith
A rare Kawanishi floatplane takes center stage at a Texas museum. 

By Larry Weirather
How an L-5 pilot outflew an Me-109—and saved a U.S. general.

Letter From Aviation History


Flight Test
By Jon Guttman

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