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Letter from Aviation History—May 2015

What’s the difference between a restored airplane and a replica? How far should a restorer go to preserve original components, and do remanufactured parts make a warbird less authentic?
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Smithsonian Treasures on Display

A recent media preview at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center provided an opportunity to check out some fascinating projects.
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Immaculate Restorations

MeierMotors, thanks to PRman/webmaster Matthias Dorst, has flooded warbird forums with photos of MM’s restorers at work on a variety of notable airplanes.
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Herk Rescue Mission

On November 24, 1964, Mrs. Marilyn Wendler was an 11-year-old missionary’s daughter scrambling aboard a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules piloted by Captain Mack Secord, of the 464th Tactical Airlift Wing....

The Miraculous Mosquito

De Havilland's versatile Wooden Wonder racked up an admirable combat record within a remarkably short timespan
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Movie Messerschmitts Sold

The Swiss company Boschung Global Ltd. announced on November 13, 2014, that it has taken possession of six rare movie Messerschmitts, which may soon be flying for the first time since 1968. Although the...

EAA’s Standard J-1 Returns

The square-cut 1916-18 Standard J-1 biplane is notorious for being mistaken as a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, a situation not helped by the fact that the Jenny is frequently referred to as the Curtiss Standard....
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Google Takes Over Moffett Field

With a 200-foot-high ceiling and a floor surface covering eight acres, Hangar One at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., is an appropriate place from which to launch some very big ideas. That seems to be...