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Virgorous Viggen

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: July 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm
The Swedish Air Force Historic Flight has certified a Saab Viggen, adding it to its team of airworthy former SAF jet fighters.

Desert Kittyhawk Discovered

Stephen Mauro | Published: July 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Polish oil men recently discovered a remarkably intact Curtiss Kittyhawk in the Sahara Desert inside Egypt.

Table of Contents - September 2012 Aviation History

Published: July 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm
The September 2012 Aviation History has articles on German ace Gerhard Barkhorn, a Convair F-106A that landed itself, the Grumman Ov-1 Mohawk, controlling a spin, the 459th Fighter Squadron in Burma, and inventor Juan de la Cierva.

What accounts for the unmatched success of German fighter pilots in WWII?

Published: July 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm
The September 2012 Aviation History Reader Poll asks readers to discuss what accounts for the phenomenal success of German fighter pilots in World War II.

Letters From Readers - September 2012 Aviation History

Published: July 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm
In the September 2012 Aviation History "Mailbag" readers discuss the Meyers OTW biplane, Mitsubishi A6M Zero, and the PB2Y Coronado Flying Boat.

Just Right: the B-17/P-51 Combination

Robert M. Citino | Published: July 10, 2012 at 10:18 am
Put these two aircraft together and what do you get? You get victory.

Pappy Boyington: Interview with the U.S. World War II Ace

Published: June 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm
U.S. Marine ace Pappy Boyington is as well known for his flamboyant personality as for his flying skills.

Table of Contents - July 2012 Aviation History

Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:22 pm
The July 2012 Aviation History ha articles on the Mitsubishi Zero, Alexander Lippisch, the North American X-15, the RAF vs Mohammed bin Abdullah Hassan, Walter Wellman, and the F-21 Lion.

Letters From Readers - July 2012 Aviation History

Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:19 pm
In the July 2012 Aviation History "Mailbag" readers discuss the Kawanishi N1K1 "Rex," Consolidated PB4Y Privateer, Bud Anderson, General James Doolittle, General Alexander Patch and Frank Whittle.

Letter From Aviation History - July 2012

Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:17 pm
The July 2012 Letter From Aviation History discusses aviation trailblazers Orville and Wilbur Wright, Walter Wellman, Alexander Lippisch, Joe Walker and Paul Allen.

Single-Seater Baby B-17

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:13 pm
Illinois native Jack Bally is building a 1/3-scale, flyable, Boeing B-17 replica.

RAF Museum Rolls Out Restored Dolphin

Stephen Mauro | Published: May 04, 2012 at 12:13 pm
The RAF Museum in London has added a rare breed to its collection—a mostly original Sopwith Dolphin.

Was it right for the United States to recruit former Nazis as aerospace engineers after World War II?

Published: May 04, 2012 at 11:51 am
The July 2012 Aviation History Reader Poll asks readers to discuss the United States' recruiting of former Nazi aerospace engineers in Operation Paperclip.

Turkey Shoot: The Battle of the Philippine Sea

Robert M. Citino | Published: April 04, 2012 at 6:19 pm
Sometimes, we historians are our own worst enemies. We get a word or a phrase in mind and we wring it for all its worth. My own specialty–German military history–has a boatload of terms we should probably retire. Foremost among …

Reviews - The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam and the Scientists Who Changed the Way We Think About the Vietnam War

Published: March 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm
The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam and the Scientists Who Changed the Way We Think About the Vietnam War, by David Zierler, provides an examination of the first great ideological battle between nascent environmentalism and cold war dogmatism

Mosquito to Buzz Again

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 08, 2012 at 3:21 pm
New Zealander Glyn Powell is building what will be the only airworthy de Havilland Mosquito.
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