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Potez Replica's First Flight

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 06, 2012 at 2:42 pm
The humpbacked Potez 63-11 may not have the most beautiful profile, but in its day it was the fastest observation airplane in the world. (Bernard Delfino) The Potez is brand-new, built from scratch using long-lost French blueprints Perhaps because the …

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.

Review - Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir

Published: July 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm
Willis' skill as a Huey pilot in 1966 is surpassed by his humorous storytelling, incisive commentary on the Vietnam War, wars in general and the warriors who wage them

World War II: Eyewitness to the Raid on Ploesti

Published: June 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm
A pilot's detailed firsthand account describes the mission to bomb Romania's oil refineries in August 1943.

CH-21 Shawnee, the Flying Banana

Carl O. Schuster | Published: May 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm
The Shawnee troop transport was first deployed to Vietnam in December 1961

Chewing Up Charlie in the Renegade Woods

Howard Landon "Dutch" McAllister | Published: May 09, 2012 at 4:36 pm
With Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer III in a helicopter above, orchestrating support, Yellow Hair rode again

Ten Minutes at Midway

Alistair Horne | Published: May 03, 2012 at 8:20 am
How a handful of American fliers turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific

Rescue in Death Valley with HHM-163

Richard Camp | Published: March 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm
The "Evil Eyes" had to get under the weather for one last rescue attempt at A Shau Special Forces Camp in March 1966

My War - Bud Willis

Bud Willis, oral history | Published: March 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm
On a Huey gunship escort for a deep recon mission in Laos, Willis found out that a dead comrade had been left behind

CAP Seeks Congressional Gold Medal

Stephen Mauro | Published: March 08, 2012 at 3:21 pm
The Civil Air Patrol is ramping up its efforts to award its members the Congressional Gold Medal for their service in World War II.

Table of Contents - May 2012 Aviation History

Published: March 08, 2012 at 3:18 pm
The May 2012 Aviation History has articles on Mustang ace Bud Anderson, the Doolittle Raiders, the Fokker D.VII, the birth of Marine Corps aviation and Marine Corps HRS-1 helicopters.

What is the most important event in Marine Corps aviation?

Published: March 08, 2012 at 3:07 pm
The May 2012 Aviation History asks readers to discuss the most important events in Marine Corps aviation history and the best Marine Corps aviators.

Payback for Pearl

Alistair Horne | Published: February 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Doolittle’s Raiders avenged Pearl Harbor by hitting the Japanese where they least expected it—at home

Storied C-130E Goes to USAF Museum

Stephen Mauro | Published: January 19, 2012 at 10:33 am
The Hercules suffered a close call during the Siege of An Loc in 1972.

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
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