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Table of Contents—November 2014 Aviation History

Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:59 pm
Subscribe to Aviation History in print and digital versions today! FEATURES The Warplane Nobody Wanted By Stephan Wilkinson The A-10 Warthog was built for one mission: close air support. But does a single-mission airplane still make sense today? The Magnificent Seven…

The Warplane Nobody Wanted

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:57 pm
The A-10 Warthog has survived repeated attempts to put it out to pasture. Now its time may finally be up.

Soccer War Corsair

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:54 pm
Some of the most unusual Corsairs in the world are the two dozen that participated in the last-ever air war involving piston-engine fighters, during the July 1969 "Soccer War" between El Salvador and Honduras. (The two air forces had a …

Seabee Revival

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 03, 2014 at 3:53 pm
Mike Araldi's Republic RC-3 amphibian, which he christened "Abeja" ("Bee"), is marked accordingly. Mike Araldi Every dog has its day—even a Seabee. A design bought by Republic to help keep its Long Island factory active when the world no longer …

MHQ Behind the Lines: Building Faux Paris

Michael W. Robbins | Published: August 05, 2014 at 5:27 am
In World War I, the French Ministry of War built a massive decoy city to fool German airmen

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.

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?

RAF's Best Photos

Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm
Visit the RAF Museum London's Colindale site to see the 24th annual RAF Photographic Competition, on display until April 28.

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.

Letter from Aviation History—May 2014

Carl von Wodtke | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm
Staff Sergeant Alan Magee demonstrates the cramped confines of a B-17 ball turret. [Weider History Archive] The Miracle of Saint-Nazaire Like many young men of his generation, Alan Magee enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps shortly after the Japanese …

Amazing But True Stories

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm
These 10 aviation tales prove that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

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.

Doolittle Raiders Drink a Final Toast

C.V. Glines | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:45 pm
Edward Saylor, Dick Cole (Jimmy Doolittle's copilot) and David Thatcher drink to their comrades. [Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force] A milestone historical event took place on November 9, 2013, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Rather than …

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.

Game Review: Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers, by Maximum Games

HistoryNet Staff | Published: December 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers transports players to key aerial conflicts from that theater of World War II, while allowing for a measure of historical revision.

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.
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