Relentless In Battle

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

Letter from Aviation History—May 2014

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 attack on Pearl Harbor. At 5 foot 6 inches, he was judged...
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Doolittle Raiders Drink a Final Toast

A milestone historical event took place on November 9, 2013, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Rather than wait until there were only two Doolittle Tokyo Raiders left to turn over their own...
A Bristol Military Biplane replica, recently delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force, awaits testing. [James Kightly]

Down-Under Boxkite Replica

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 chaos of cables and turnbuckles that is flown only...
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Learjet’s Golden Anniversary

It wasn’t until the age of 50 that Frank Sinatra owned his first Learjet, but for the next two years it would become perhaps the most notorious mode of transportation for Rat Pack members and their...
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Interview With Author Malcolm Rohrbough

During the California Gold Rush did Frenchmen really flock west in search of riches? Bien sûr, says author Malcolm Rohrbough in his book Rush to Gold: The French and the California Gold Rush, 1848-1854.

Spanish Stork

For all its warlike mien and malevolent insignia, the Luftwaffe version of the Fieseler Fi-156 Storch (Stork) is somehow charming—all gawky gear legs, gaping overbite engine cowling, the cabin glazing of...
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Morane-Saulnier Across the Med

It’s a quirk of history that Louis Blériot’s July 1909 crossing of the English Channel, a mere 22-mile hop, is much better known than a far more impressive flight that took place just over...

Letter from Aviation History—January 2014

Wright or Wrong?  Everyone knows the story: On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the Flyer along a launch rail and into the air at Kitty Hawk, N.C., while brother Wilbur watched and a camera captured...