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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Neta Snook

    She was more than just Amelia Earhart’s instructor. Anita “Neta” Snook achieved a long list of firsts: first woman aviator in Iowa, first woman student accepted at the Curtiss Flying School in Virginia, first woman to run her own...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Albert Berry’s Leap of Fate

    March 1, 1912, Jefferson Barracks, MO.—Captain Albert Berry makes the first successful parachute jump from a moving airplane, touching down at this U.S. Army base just outside St. Louis. The Benoist biplane, piloted by Berry’s friend...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    ‘All Blood Runs Red’

    Eugene Bullard made history as the world’s first black pilot. At the Café Copoule in Paris in the spring of 1916, three American soldiers of the French Foreign Legion were commiserating with a fourth who was convalescing from a shrapnel...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: I’ll Fly Away

    I’ll Fly Away: A World War II Pilot’s Lifetime of Adventures From Biplanes to Jumbo Jets by Jack Race with William F. Hallstead, University of Scranton Press, Scranton, Pa., 2006, $20 softcover. Jack Race soloed in an Aeronca C-3 at...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Glory & Appendicitis

    Endurance fliers Louise Thaden and Frances Marsalis triumphed over exhaustion—and media hype—in 1932. In July 1932, Louise McPhetridge Thaden received a call from Charles S. “Casey” Jones, manager of Curtiss Airport at Valley...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Into the Air

    Louis XVI appointed two of his courtiers to become France’s first air travelers. Just before 2 P.M. on Friday, November 21, 1738 near the Bois de Boulogne, two men stood inside a circular wicker basket draped with blue cloth. One of...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Finding Amelia

    Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance by Ric Gillespie, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Md., 2006, $28.95. Ric Gillespie has been the most dogged investigator among more than three dozen writers, several of them...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Larry Walters (“Lawnchair Larry”)

    July 2, 1982, San Pedro, Calif.— Larry Walters, a 33-year-old truck driver, lofted into the air in perhaps the most precarious way possible—in a Sears lawn chair. Lift was provided by 42 helium-filled weather balloons. Walters reached...

  • American History Magazine

    America’s First Daredevil

    He was the Evel Knievel of his day, the man whose daring exploits drew massive crowds and fired imaginations across the country. Sam Patch lived a life of no particular distinction until his hobby of jumping from great heights into...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Samuel Pierpont Langley: Aviation Pioneer

    More than 100 years ago, Samuel Langley's team of specialists from the Smithsonian Institution proved to a small group of astonished observers that powered flight was possible. But they still had to prove that their Aerodrome could safely...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Flight of the Spokane Sun God

    Battling violent storms, forest fire smoke, head winds and fatigue, a pair of aviators flew nonstop across America and back to establish a new world record. The swaying hose slowly approached as pilot Nicholas B. Mamer eased the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Amelia Earhart- Image and Icon

    Amelia Earhart: Image and Icon by Kristen Lubben, Susan Butler and Susan Ware, Steidl/International Center of Photography, New York, 2007, $28. Paris Hilton and Amelia Earhart would have had much in common. Both women are or were quite...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Eagle Squadron Memories

    Desperate for proficient pilots to combat the Nazi onslaught, Britain found willing recruits in neutral America. In September 1939, as war winds buffeted Europe, Americans watched warily while the German blitzkrieg swept across Poland....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Jackie Cochran

    Jackie Cochran: Pilot in the Fastest Lane by Doris L. Rich, University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 2007, $24.95. Jacqueline Cochran led an incredible life. Besides managing a successful business, marrying a millionaire, serving as a...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Alcock and Brown’s Great Adventure

    ‘Yesterday I was in America, and I am the first man in Europe to say that,’ said John Alcock after his transatlantic flight with Arthur Whitten Brown. The real story of the first nonstop transatlantic flight is one that surprisingly...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Flying Tiger Burning Bright

    During a meteoric combat career, ‘Scarsdale Jack’ Newkirk blazed the way for his fellow Panda Bear pilots. “For a period of more than three months after Pearl Harbor the American Volunteer Group was the pet and darling of the United...