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Table of Contents—May 2014 'Aviation History'

Originally published by Aviation History magazine. Published Online: February 28, 2014 
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Why the P-38 Flunked in Europe
By Robert F. Dorr
In 1941, 87 percent of prospective U.S. military pilots wanted to fly the twin-engine Lightning. But most weren't really ready for such a complex fighter.

Amazing But True Stories
By Stephan Wilkinson 
Ten aviation tales that are altogether stranger than fiction.

Stopgap Interceptors
By E.R. Johnson
At the dawn of the Cold War, the F-89, F-94 and F-86D/L bore the brunt of the Soviet bomber threat.

The Forgotten Bomber 
By Martin Hill 
Nearly every Allied air force in North Africa and the Mediterranean depended on the workhorse Martin Baltimore during WWII—except the Americans.

Link to the Future
By Richard Bauman
Ed Link's flight training simulators have prepared hundreds of thousands of pilots for the real thing.

Nostalgia in the Cards 
By Dick Smith
"Sky Birds" trading cards inspired a generation of aviators in the 1930s.




By Robert Guttman
Bristol's Brabazon was Britain's largest airplane.

By Dan Heaton
While searching for Pancho Villa, Byron Jones drew fire in Mexico.


By Jan Forsgren
The B-17G Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby has come full circle.

Letter From Aviation History


Flight Test
By Jon Guttman

Aero Poster



Aviation has more than its share of amazing survival stories and bizarre flying incidents. What's the strangest flying-related tale you've ever heard?



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