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Letter From Aviation History – September 2012

The September 2012 Letter From Aviation History discusses the retirement of the Discovery and the NASA space shuttle program, along with the future of American spaceflight: the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.
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Spin Control

How pioneering pilots learned to escape the death spiral.
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Book Review: China’s Wings by Gregory Crouch

CHINA’S WINGS War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight By Gregory Crouch. 528 pp. Bantam, 2012. $30. The Shangri-La-ish dust jacket and breathless...
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Across the Hypersonic Divide

The X-15 tested the limits of speed and altitude for winged aircraft, bridging the gap between the air and space ages.
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Missing CNAC C-47 Located

The crash site of China National Aviation Corporation C-47 No. 60 has been discovered in China's rugged Yunnan Province.
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Movie Stars With Wings

Before computer-generated images, aviation films had real airplanes and real aviators at the controls.