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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.

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.

Flight Test Museum to Expand

Robert Bernier | Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm
The Air Force Flight Test Museum, located at Edwards Air Force Base in California, is planning a move to bigger quarters.

Albatros Returns to Old Rhinebeck

Jon Guttman | Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm
A replica Albatros D.Va built in the 1970s has been restored and is back in the air. Students of the Saxe Middle School of New Canaan, Connecticut, raised funds for the restoration.

Letters from Readers—July 2014 Aviation History

Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:03 am
Readers share their thoughts and insights into the Link Trainer, P-38s in World War II, and test pilot Tony LeVier.

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?

Letters from Readers—'Aviation History,' May 2014

Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm
Readers send us their comments on the AD-1 oblique wing, the Wright Brother's first flight, Covey FACs, and Scott Crossfield.

Mark I Lewis Gun: The Allies' Mobile Equalizer

Jon Guttman | Published: February 27, 2014 at 10:56 am
Designed by Americans and introduced by the British, the Lewis proved the most reliable and versatile Allied light machine gun of World War I.

Miracle Landing Off Korea

David Sears | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:47 pm
Setting down on a carrier is difficult under the best conditions—but next to impossible if you can’t see.

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 …

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.

Interview With Doolittle Raider Richard Cole

Published: December 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm
On April 18, 1942, in the northwest Pacific, aviation legend Jimmy Doolittle and copilot Dick Cole led a flight of 16 B-25B bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet bound for targets in Japan. Cole shares his memories of that historic raid.

Mil Mi-24 Hind: A Russian Gunship With Attitude

Jon Guttman | Published: December 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm
Despite is susceptibility to Stingers, the Mi-24 assault gunship packs a sting of its own and has proved an enduring war machine.

First Planes Down at Pearl

Stephen Harding | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:55 pm
Three National Guardsmen on a morning sightseeing flight were among the first casualties on December 7, 1941.

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 …
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