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Table of Contents—November 2014 Aviation History

Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:59 pm
Subscribe to Aviation History in print and digital versions today! FEATURES The Warplane Nobody Wanted By Stephan Wilkinson The A-10 Warthog was built for one mission: close air support. But does a single-mission airplane still make sense today? The Magnificent Seven…

Letters from Readers—November 2014, Aviation History

Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:54 pm
  Another Air Cadet I really enjoyed the article in the September issue by Hadley Dixon, "Letters Home." Enclosed is a picture [above] of my uncle, Sam Byerley, in the 1940s, standing by a BT-14. I believe he's at the …

Letters From Readers—September 2014 Aviation History

Published: July 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm
Readers share their insights and memories of Link Trainers and "Badass" pilots.

Letter From Aviation History—September 2014

Carl von Wodtke | Published: July 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm
The September 2014 Letter from Aviation History discusses the Warbirds Over the Beach airshow at the Military Aviation Museum near Virginia Beach.

A Wing and a Prayer

Jay Barbree | Published: July 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm
Neil Armstrong’s flying career nearly ended soon after it started, when he was forced to eject from his F9F Panther over Korea.

Is there still a place for mavericks in the U.S. military?

Published: May 02, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Under the current standards of conduct in the U.S. military, where it's "one mistake and you're out," is there still a place for maverick pilots like Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Hub Zemke, Jack Broughton and John Boyd?

Kermit’s Curtiss-Wrights

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:14 am
The Curtiss-Wright CW-19 is a rare representative of the transitional days when U.S. aviation stepped fully into the mid-20th century.

Relentless In Battle

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver | Published: May 02, 2014 at 10:56 am
Hellcat pilot David McCampbell used his gunnery skills to achieve “ace in a day” status twice, earning the Medal of Honor and ultimately becoming the U.S. Navy’s ace of aces

What’s the strangest flying-related tale you’ve ever heard?

Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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?

Letter from Aviation History—May 2014

Carl von Wodtke | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm
Staff Sergeant Alan Magee demonstrates the cramped confines of a B-17 ball turret. [Weider History Archive] The Miracle of Saint-Nazaire Like many young men of his generation, Alan Magee enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps shortly after the Japanese …

Amazing But True Stories

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm
These 10 aviation tales prove that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

What do you consider the Doolittle Raiders' most lasting legacy?

Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:45 pm
 Aviation History Reader Poll The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders held their final reunion this past November, drinking a special toast to fallen comrades (see our story and guest editorial). What do you consider the Raiders' most lasting legacy, and what do …

Doolittle Raiders Drink a Final Toast

C.V. Glines | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:45 pm
Edward Saylor, Dick Cole (Jimmy Doolittle's copilot) and David Thatcher drink to their comrades. [Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force] A milestone historical event took place on November 9, 2013, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Rather than …

Down-Under Boxkite Replica

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:44 pm
A Bristol Military Biplane replica, recently delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force, awaits testing. [James Kightly] Until now, there has been only one flying Bristol Boxkite—the oft-photographed example that is part of the Shuttleworth Collection in England, a fragile …

Learjet's Golden Anniversary

Martin A. Bartels | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:44 pm
Rat Pack stalwarts Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra lent Lear's private jet an invaluable aura of cool during the mid-1960s. [John Bryson/Sygma/Corbis] It wasn't until the age of 50 that Frank Sinatra owned his first Learjet, but for the next …

Letter from 'Aviation History'—March 2014

C.V. Glines, Contributing Editor | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:43 pm
Exploring the legacy of the Doolittle Raiders and contributing editor C.V. Glines's personal observations of their importance.
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