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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.

Letter From Wild West - February 2014

Gregory Lalire | Published: November 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm
Women, particularly mothers, did much of the taming out West and most of the civilizing that followed.

Interview With Author Malcolm Rohrbough

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: November 26, 2013 at 11:25 am
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.

Table of Contents—January 2014 'Aviation History'

Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:55 pm
Subscribe to print & digital editions of Aviation History magazine today! FEATURES Boyington's Bastards By Don Hollway Hero-hungry Americans couldn't get enough of the "Black Sheep," the Marines of VMF-214 who followed "Pappy" Boyington to fame in the Pacific. Skyrocketing …

Spanish Stork

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Emilio Garcia-Conde's Fieseler Fi-156 "Storch" in Spanish Civil War Nationalist markings. [© Dirk Bende via Dave McDonald] 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, …

Morane-Saulnier Across the Med

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Flying a replica Morane-Saulnier G, Baptiste Salis arrives in Tunisia, having crossed the Mediterranean a century after Roland Garros first did so in a Morane-Saulnier H. [©2013 Demotix] It's a quirk of history that Louis Blériot's July 1909 crossing of …

Letter from Aviation History—January 2014

Carl von Wodtke | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:52 pm
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 the historic moment (story, …

Book Review: Light on the Prairie, by Nancy Plain

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 01, 2013 at 12:52 pm
In her award-winning book Nancy Plain introduces young readers to Solomon Butcher, photographer of the Nebraska plains pioneers.

Table of Contents—November 2013 'Aviation History'

Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Reginal Mitchell's Supermarine Spitfire; the mysterious disappearance of the Hawaii Clipper; Max Immelmann, the "Fokker Scourge;" the effort to cut off Hitler's oil supply in Ploesti; a dramatic search-and-rescue in Greenland during World War II.
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