Wave-Top Marauder

A faded wartime diary provides a window on the RAF's risky low-level bombing missions in the Adriatic.
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‘Flying Pencil’ Recovery

On August 26, 1940, German Dornier Do-17Zs of Kampfgeschwader 3 on a mission to bomb British airfields at Hornchurch and Debden were attacked by Boulton-Paul Defiants of No. 264 Squadron, Royal Air Force....
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Diversion

It's a familiar figure of speech: "What if they gave a war, and no one came?" I am old enough to recognize this slogan. I was born in 1958, the youngest of five, with my older siblings in college....

Table of Contents—July 2013 Aviation History

The July 2013 issue of Aviation History offers compelling stories, including Dambusters (a complex RAF bombing mission over Germany), a profile of the Heinkel He-162, and the noble story of the 1926 team of U.S. Army airmen who flew 22,000 miles around Latin America.
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The Dambusters

View our exclusive animation and preview our story about the bold British raid on Germany’s strategic river dams.
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Germany’s He111 Medium Bomber

  Click for larger image. To see past Weapons Manuals by Max Gadney, click here. This infographic originally appeared in the January/February issue of World War...
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Return of the Avenger

The two-story high Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber has become a favorite warbird survivor.

F3F Biplane Barrels Back

Christ Prevost of the Vintage Airplane Company has just returned to the air the F3F-2 you see here, which made its first post-restoration flight last September. Grumman F3Fs would have been iconic...
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Defiant Restoration

Largely forgotten is that one squadron of Defiants was among the world's first effective electronic countermeasure units The U.S. had its Brewster Buffalo, and the Brits were stuck with the Boulton Paul...