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Thinking Outside the Gondola

A little more than two years after Felix Baumgartner’s highly publicized parachute jump from the Red Bull Stratos gondola at 128,100 feet on October 14, 2012, his record fell with little fanfare. Moreover,...

Dragon Lady Down

Republic of China Air Force Major “Mike” Hua pulled off a nighttime dead-stick landing in an early U-2
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Gee Bee Super Q.E.D. II

The Super Q.E.D. II first flew in September 2013, and made its public debut at Oshkosh in the summer of 2014.
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The Adventures of Flying Fitz

The celebrated copilot of the first airplane to cross the Atlantic from east to west, James Fitzmaurice ended up a forgotten hero caught between two worlds
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Mormon Handcart Horrors

In 1856 Mormon leader Brigham Young beckoned companies of faithful Saints across the Plains to Utah Territory tethered to these ‘two-wheeled torture devices’—with disastrous results
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A Wing and a Prayer

Neil Armstrong’s flying career nearly ended soon after it started, when he was forced to eject from his F9F Panther over Korea.
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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.