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Alaska's Cutthroats

Samantha Seiple | Published: January 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm
When Japan captured a forbidding stretch of Alaskan soil, a group of tough-as-nails commandos led the charge to take it back

Letter From Aviation History - March 2012

Published: January 19, 2012 at 10:37 am
The March 2012 Letter From Aviation History discusses George Lucas' upcoming film on the Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails.

Letters From Readers - March 2012 Aviation History

Published: January 19, 2012 at 10:37 am
In the March 2012 Aviation History Mailbag readers discuss the Windecker Eagle, Skorsky VS-300, Piper J-3 Cub, Dornier Do 31 and the Grumman TBM Avenger.

Yak Sets Speed Record

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 19, 2012 at 10:34 am
Reno racer Will Whiteside has set a world speed record in a Romanian-built Yak-3U.

Frank Whittle and the Race for the Jet

Nicholas O'Dell | Published: January 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm
A 1930 patent filed by a young RAF officer kick-started the Jet Age.

Wild West Discussion - February 2012

Published: December 02, 2011 at 5:49 pm
The U.S. government passed the Homestead Act 150 years ago to prompt Americans to settle the Great Plains. Would you have jumped at the chance to claim your own "free" land in a remote, difficult environment where Indian attacks were …

Interview With Author Jim Crutchfield

Candy Moulton | Published: October 06, 2011 at 3:10 pm
In his new Encyclopedia of Westward Expansion, Jim Crutchfield ably covers the frontier, from long hunters to the Army of the West.

New Boyington Bio

Alex Kershaw | Published: October 05, 2011 at 8:33 am
Black Sheep The Life of Pappy Boyington By John F. Wukovits 228 pp. Naval Institute Press, 2011. $34.95. Mavericks win wars. And the legendary alcoholic Marine Corps ace Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was surely one of the most colorful mavericks of …

The Hump by John D. Plating

Richard B. Frank | Published: August 04, 2011 at 10:57 am
A comprehensive new exploration of the route that supplied the far corner of the World War II.

Lowell Thomas, T.E. Lawrence and the Creation of a Legend

Joel Hodson | Published: May 16, 2011 at 11:46 am
Lowell Thomas combined journalism and entertainment to help create the legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

Going Up?

Stephen Mauro | Published: May 12, 2011 at 11:14 am
On March 5, 2011, cluster balloonist Jonathan Trappe re-created the flying house from the Disney/Pixar film Up.

'The Greely Expedition' - Duty, Honor and Arctic Ice

Jay Wertz | Published: January 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm
This review of American Experience: The Greely Expedition praises the way filmmaker Rob Rapley subtly utilizes visuals and simple music to tell this story of a promising 19th-century scientific adventure that devolved into loss and despair

Interview with Author-Editor-Filmmaker Candy Moulton

Dale L. Walker | Published: October 01, 2010 at 3:09 pm
Wyoming-based author-editor-filmmaker and general renaissance woman Candy Moulton has devoted her life to telling the story of the American West.

A Few Americans in the Battle of Britain

Alex Kershaw | Published: September 30, 2010 at 10:10 am
Before the United States entered the war, a handful of rogue American pilots defied their country's neutrality laws.

William Walker: King of the 19th Century Filibusters

Ron Soodalter | Published: March 04, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Filibuster William Walker and his ragtag army of mercenary adventurers sought to carve out their own sovereign nation

Interview with Author Wm. B. Shillingberg

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: December 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm
After tackling tough Tombstone in print, author Wm. B. Shillingberg gets the hell into Dodge.
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