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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?

RAF's Best Photos

Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm
Visit the RAF Museum London's Colindale site to see the 24th annual RAF Photographic Competition, on display until April 28.

Osprey Settles Into New Nest

Martin A. Bartels | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm
The Air Force’s oldest Osprey (a CV-22), originally built as a preproduction aircraft for the U.S. Navy, enters retirement.

'Wichita Fokker' Takes Flight

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm
Eric Berens' Travel Air 2000 makes its first flight since 1937. The Model 2000's superficial resemblance to the Fokker D.VII earned it a role in Howard Hughes' "Hell's Angels." [Image: Jim Weeden] The first production Travel Air, the Model 2000, …

Letters from Readers—'Aviation History,' May 2014

Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm
Readers send us their comments on the AD-1 oblique wing, the Wright Brother's first flight, Covey FACs, and Scott Crossfield.

Letter from Aviation History—May 2014

Carl von Wodtke | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm
Staff Sergeant Alan Magee demonstrates the cramped confines of a B-17 ball turret. [Weider History Archive] 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 …

Amazing But True Stories

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm
These 10 aviation tales prove that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

Down-Under Boxkite Replica

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:44 pm
A Bristol Military Biplane replica, recently delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force, awaits testing. [James Kightly] Until now, there has been only one flying Bristol Boxkite—the oft-photographed example that is part of the Shuttleworth Collection in England, a fragile …

Learjet's Golden Anniversary

Martin A. Bartels | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:44 pm
Rat Pack stalwarts Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra lent Lear's private jet an invaluable aura of cool during the mid-1960s. [John Bryson/Sygma/Corbis] It wasn't until the age of 50 that Frank Sinatra owned his first Learjet, but for the next …

Dog Finds a New House

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:43 pm
Veterans of HMM-361 pose with the restored Sikorsky UH-34D they presented to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. [U.S. Marine Corps] The Sikorsky UH-34D was properly named the Seahorse when flown by Marines, but jarheads usually called it the …

Interview With Doolittle Raider Richard Cole

Published: December 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm
On April 18, 1942, in the northwest Pacific, aviation legend Jimmy Doolittle and copilot Dick Cole led a flight of 16 B-25B bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet bound for targets in Japan. Cole shares his memories of that historic raid.
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