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Germany's He111 Medium Bomber

Jim Laurier | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:19 pm
  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 II magazine.    …

Is it acceptable to specifically target military leaders for assassination?

Published: March 04, 2013 at 12:30 pm
 Aviation History Reader Poll The April 1943 mission to intercept and kill Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, architect of the Pearl Harbor attack, set a military precedent. Do you think it is acceptable to specifically target military leaders like Yamamoto for …

Return of the Avenger

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 04, 2013 at 11:12 am
The two-story high Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber has become a favorite warbird survivor.

Table of Contents - March 2013 Aviation History

Published: January 16, 2013 at 12:14 am
The March 2013 Aviation History has articles on Charles Lindbergh, Vincent Burnelli and Maurice Hurel, P-51 pilot William Lyons, Imperial Airways, Chinooks and the sidewinder missile.

F3F Biplane Barrels Back

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm
Chris Prevost's newly refurbished F3F-2, formerly displayed at the Lone Star Flight Museum, bears the colorful markings of VMF-2 (Kyle Dykes). Christ Prevost of the Vintage Airplane Company has just returned to the air the F3F-2 you see here, which …

Defiant Restoration

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm
The Rolls-Royce Merlin III on the RAF Museum's newly restored Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I (RAF Museum, Hendon). Largely forgotten is that one squadron of Defiants was among the world's first effective electronic countermeasure units The U.S. had its …

Boeing Celebrates Aviation Pioneers

Stephen Mauro | Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm
Seattle's Museum of Flight premiered the new hi-def version of the PBS doc Pioneers in Aviation: The Race to the Moon.

P-51 Pilot: A Day in the Life

William Lyons | Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm
A Mustang jockey recounts one of his most memorable missions—from start to finish.

Letters From Readers - March 2013 Aviation History

Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm
In the March 2013 "Mailbag" readers discuss the C-130 Hercules, the most beautiful airplanes of all time and Igor Bensen's B-12 Sky-Way.

Letter From Aviation History - March 2013

Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm
The March 2013 Letter From Aviation History discusses the legacy of Charles A. Lindbergh.

Was it right to criticize Charles Lindbergh for his isolationist views?

Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm
The March 2013 Aviation History Reader Poll asks readers to discuss the legacy of Charles Lindbergh and his isolationist views.

Game Review: Damage Inc., by Mad Catz

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 03, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Mad Catz' flight combat game Damage Inc. allows a player to dogfight one's way through the major battles of the Pacific Theater in World War II.

Angel of Death

Dan Hampton | Published: September 06, 2012 at 5:09 pm
An F-16 Wild Weasel pilot recounts a dangerous mission during Operation Iraqi Freedom in which he helped save a group of trapped Marines

Letters from Readers - November 2012 Aviation History

Published: September 06, 2012 at 2:42 pm
In the November 2012 Aviation History "Mailbag" readers discuss the OV-1 Mohawk, F7U Cutlass, and the Grumman J2F Duck.

Table of Contents - November 2012 Aviation History

Published: September 06, 2012 at 2:42 pm
The November 2012 Aviation History has articles on French ace Jean Navarre, the world's most beautiful airplanes, materiel delivered by clippers during World War II, A personal account of an air support mission in southern Iraq, South African ace Pat Pattle, and Curtiss O-52 Owl planes soared into combat in Soviet service.

Watson's Whizzers - Saving the Me-262

Phil Scott | Published: August 21, 2012 at 9:38 am
After WWII, "Watson's Whizzers" returned a handful of German Me-262s to the air, ushering in the U.S. jet age.
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