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Wave-Top Marauder

Evan Hadingham | Published: July 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm
A faded wartime diary provides a window on the RAF's risky low-level bombing missions in the Adriatic.

Table of Contents—July 2013 Aviation History

Published: May 06, 2013 at 11:35 am
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.

Worth the price tag?

Published: May 03, 2013 at 3:31 pm
Aviation History Reader Poll At an estimated cost of $135 million per airplane, Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history. When the fighter finally becomes fully operational, will it be …

The Dambusters

Nicholas O'Dell | Published: May 03, 2013 at 2:42 pm
View our exclusive animation and preview our story about the bold British raid on Germany’s strategic river dams.

Letters From Readers—July 2013 Aviation History

Published: May 03, 2013 at 2:10 pm
In the July 2013 issue of 'Aviation History,' readers share insights into our stories on the death of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Superforts vs. MiGs, and other topics.

Letter From Aviation History—July 2013

Published: May 03, 2013 at 2:03 pm
The July 2013 Letter From Aviation History tackles issues surrounding U.S. military procurement, as it relates to the controversial Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Interview - Everett Alvarez - A Vietnam POW for the Duration

Published: April 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm
A few hours after the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964, Navy A4 pilot Everett Alvarez was shot down on a bombing mission near Hanoi, the first U.S. aviator taken captive during the Vietnam War

Wild Duel: Weasels vs SAMs Over Dong Hoi

Warren E. Thompson | Published: March 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm
During the Vietnam War, the Wild Weasels flew as a protection screen in specially equipped F-105F Thuds into a target area to sweep and destroy surface to air missile (SAM) sites, to protect "strike packages" or a flight of fighters that followed on

Dark Clouds Over Junction City

Rod Paschall | Published: March 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm
In Operation Junction City, Vietnam War's biggest operation, Feb. 21-May 14, 1967, including the largest paratroop jump since World War II, Gen. William Westmoreland won his big-unit campaign but lost confidence that the war could be won

Ridgway: Iron Man at the Front

Carlo D'Este | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Acts of great courage in war aren't limited to the battlefield. One little-known incident during World War II defined Major General Matthew B. Ridgway as a commander of unrivaled courage when he laid his career on the line at a …

Time Travel: Normandy's Contested Landing Beaches

Dan Carlinsky | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:21 pm
  Shortly after midnight on June 6, 1944, the sky above the Normandy market town of Sainte-Mère-Église quietly grew thick with billowing silk as American paratroopers dropped into the night ahead of the long-expected Allied invasion of Europe; by …

What If the Omaha Beach Landing Had Failed?

Mark Grimsley | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:15 pm
An Allied failure would have made a second invasion of northwestern Europe unlikely.

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 …

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.

Review - Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty

Published: January 08, 2013 at 6:17 pm
In Agent Orange: History, Science and the Politics of Uncertainty, author Edwin Martini finds there is no evidence to support claims that the military and policymakers knew about the dangers of Agent Orange in the early 1960s but chose to ignore them

Maggie

Robert M. Citino | Published: November 20, 2012 at 11:32 am
Last weekend, I met a hero. Oh, I know, "hero" is a cliché of military history. I've always been skeptical of the term. How do you judge a hero? What is the qualification? Do you have to blow up a …
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