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RAF’s Best Photos

Visit the RAF Museum London's Colindale site to see the 24th annual RAF Photographic Competition, on display until April 28.
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Letter from Aviation History—May 2014

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 attack on Pearl Harbor. At 5 foot 6 inches, he was judged the...
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Miracle Landing Off Korea

Setting down on a carrier is difficult under the best conditions—but next to impossible if you can’t see.
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Doolittle Raiders Drink a Final Toast

A milestone historical event took place on November 9, 2013, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Rather than wait until there were only two Doolittle Tokyo Raiders left to turn over their own...

First Planes Down at Pearl

Three National Guardsmen on a morning sightseeing flight were among the first casualties on December 7, 1941.
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Letters from Readers—January 2014

Transonic Spitfires? Congrats to Nicholas O’Dell on a great Spitfire article . We need to be reminded now and again just how good this airplane was/is, and what an impact it had on the first half of the...

Table of Contents—November 2013 ‘Aviation History’

Reginal Mitchell's Supermarine Spitfire; the mysterious disappearance of the Hawaii Clipper; Max Immelmann, the "Fokker Scourge;" the effort to cut off Hitler's oil supply in Ploesti; a dramatic search-and-rescue in Greenland during World War II.

Wave-Top Marauder

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