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Table of Contents—September 2014 Aviation History

Published: July 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm
Subscribe to Aviation History  magazine today! FEATURES The Long Haul By John Ottley Jr. B-29 radar navigator Richard Almand flew the last heavy bomber raid of World War II—a nearly 17-hour mission. A Wing and a Prayer By Jay Barbree …

What is the value of keeping vintage airplanes flying instead of maintaining them on static display?

Published: July 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm
Aviation History Reader Discussion Warbird collector Gerald Yagen keeps an impressive stable of World War I and II airplanes flying at his Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. Considering the risks involved, what is the value of keeping vintage airplanes …

Letter From Aviation History—September 2014

Carl von Wodtke | Published: July 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm
The September 2014 Letter from Aviation History discusses the Warbirds Over the Beach airshow at the Military Aviation Museum near Virginia Beach.

A Wing and a Prayer

Jay Barbree | Published: July 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm
Neil Armstrong’s flying career nearly ended soon after it started, when he was forced to eject from his F9F Panther over Korea.

Screamin' Sasquatch

Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm
The jet-assisted Waco will soar at air shows this summer.

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.

Albatros Returns to Old Rhinebeck

Jon Guttman | Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm
A replica Albatros D.Va built in the 1970s has been restored and is back in the air. Students of the Saxe Middle School of New Canaan, Connecticut, raised funds for the restoration.

Percival Mew Gull Debuts

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: July 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm
Percival Mew Gulls dominated British air racing in the late 1930s.

Is there still a place for mavericks in the U.S. military?

Published: May 02, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Under the current standards of conduct in the U.S. military, where it's "one mistake and you're out," is there still a place for maverick pilots like Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Hub Zemke, Jack Broughton and John Boyd?

Battling Beast Debuts

Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:33 am
The first airplane to emerge from the new restoration hangar at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center was unveiled to the public on April 1: the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver

Patuxent Crown Jewel

Jon Guttman | Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:19 am
Since it's a non-flying replica, the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum's A-1 Triad was built with an emphasis on authenticity. (Courtesy of Hank Caruso) While the Wright brothers were supplying versions of their Flyer to the U.S. Army, on February …

Kermit’s Curtiss-Wrights

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:14 am
The Curtiss-Wright CW-19 is a rare representative of the transitional days when U.S. aviation stepped fully into the mid-20th century.

Letters from Readers—July 2014 Aviation History

Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:03 am
Readers share their thoughts and insights into the Link Trainer, P-38s in World War II, and test pilot Tony LeVier.

Letter from Aviation History—July 2014

Published: May 02, 2014 at 11:02 am
The Show Goes On After a year off due to federal sequester budget cuts, the U.S. military flight demo teams—the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds—are back in action, thrilling crowds at major airshows across the country. The …

Relentless In Battle

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver | Published: May 02, 2014 at 10:56 am
Hellcat pilot David McCampbell used his gunnery skills to achieve “ace in a day” status twice, earning the Medal of Honor and ultimately becoming the U.S. Navy’s ace of aces

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?
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