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EC-121 Warning Star

Carl O. Schuster | Published: January 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm
Based on the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation, the EC-121 Warning Star carried the long-range and height-finding radars required to provide coverage and warning to U.S. aircraft operating over North Vietnam

Book Review - The 14-Hour War: Valor on Koh Tang and the Recapture of the SS Mayaguez, by James E. Wise Jr. and Scott Baron

Bill Jordan | Published: November 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm
The ingredients that combined to create the Mayaguez disaster, the "last battle of the Vietnam War," following the fall of Saigon

Table of Contents - November 2011 Aviation History

Published: September 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm
The November 2011 Aviation History has articles on the Marianas Turkey Shoot, Sherman Fairchild, Johnny Alison, the OS2U Kingfisher, aerial adventure novels and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Letter From Aviation History - November 2011

Published: September 16, 2011 at 11:52 am
The November 2011 Letter From Aviation History discusses three aviation legends in attendance at EAA AirVenture: Burt Rutan, Chuck Yeager and Bob Hoover.

Johnny Alison: American Eagle

Richard P. Hallion | Published: September 16, 2011 at 11:43 am
How the late, great Johnny Alison became a U.S. Air Force icon.

What is the most important event in U.S. Navy aviation history?

Published: May 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm
The July 2011 Aviation History Readers Poll asks readers to discuss the most important events in U.S. Navy aviation history.

Table of Contents - May 2011 Aviation History

Published: March 09, 2011 at 12:25 pm
The May 2011 Aviation History has articles on F4F Wildcats battling French H-75A Hawks over Casablanca, the world's ugliest airplanes, aerobat Bert Acosta, experimental VTOL tail-sitters, the 26th Fighter Squadron's exploits over Nanning, and rotary engines.

Letters From Readers - May 2011 Aviation History

Published: March 09, 2011 at 12:23 pm
In the May 2011 Aviation History "Mailbag," readers discuss the P-51 Mustang, American Airmen memorials in China, the Travel Air 2000, and unmanned aerial drones.

Letter From Aviation History - May 2011

Published: March 09, 2011 at 12:22 pm
The May 2011 Letter From Aviation History discusses the world's ugliest airplanes, from Henri Mignet's small "Flying Flea" to Andrei Tupolev's giant ANT-20 Maxim Gorky.

The 13 Ugliest Airplanes

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 09, 2011 at 12:20 pm
The May 2011 Aviation History nominates the 13 ugliest airplanes ever to fly.

Tet - Embassy Rescue in the Fog of Battle

Wilburn Meador | Published: January 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm
A rifle company ordered to save the blacked-out embassy flew in with virtually no knowledge of the facts on the ground

The Rise of the Helicopter During the Korean War

Otto Kreisher | Published: January 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm
Used primarily for search and rescue in the Korean War's early days, choppers had become an essential battlefield tool by the conflict's end.

Table of Contents - November 2010 Aviation History

Published: September 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm
The November 2010 Aviation History has articles on Topgun aerial combat training, B-29 crews flying over the Himalayas, the airplanes of the Battle of Britain, "Flying Parson" Belvin Maynard's transcontinental air race, the Duxford RAF Museum, and the 10 most difficult to fly aircraft.

Letters From Readers - November 2010 Aviation History

Published: September 22, 2010 at 10:53 am
In the November 2010 Aviation History "Mailbag" readers discuss the 30th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, aviator Stanley Beltz, B-17Es with remote turret, the F8F Bearcat, and the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden.

Letter From Aviation History - November 2010

Published: September 22, 2010 at 10:52 am
The November 2010 Letter From Aviation History discusses the Battle of Britain's 70th anniversary and C.G. Sweeting's upcoming book The Battle of Britain: The German Experience.

The 10 Most Difficult to Fly Aircraft

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 22, 2010 at 10:50 am
The November 2010 Aviation History features 10 aircraft that took incredible skill and fortitude to fly.
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