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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.

First Planes Down at Pearl

Stephen Harding | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:55 pm
Three National Guardsmen on a morning sightseeing flight were among the first casualties on December 7, 1941.

Table of Contents—January 2014 'Aviation History'

Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:55 pm
Subscribe to print & digital editions of Aviation History magazine today! FEATURES Boyington's Bastards By Don Hollway Hero-hungry Americans couldn't get enough of the "Black Sheep," the Marines of VMF-214 who followed "Pappy" Boyington to fame in the Pacific. Skyrocketing …

What constitutes the first manned, powered, controlled, heavier-than-air flight?

Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:54 pm
 Aviation History Reader Poll What constitutes the first manned, powered, controlled, heavier-than-air flight, and were the Wright brothers the first to accomplish it? If not them, then who? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.…

Spanish Stork

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Emilio Garcia-Conde's Fieseler Fi-156 "Storch" in Spanish Civil War Nationalist markings. [© Dirk Bende via Dave McDonald] For all its warlike mien and malevolent insignia, the Luftwaffe version of the Fieseler Fi-156 Storch (Stork) is somehow charming—all gawky gear legs, …

Morane-Saulnier Across the Med

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Flying a replica Morane-Saulnier G, Baptiste Salis arrives in Tunisia, having crossed the Mediterranean a century after Roland Garros first did so in a Morane-Saulnier H. [©2013 Demotix] It's a quirk of history that Louis Blériot's July 1909 crossing of …

Twin Beech Takes Top NAHI

Nicholas A. Veronico | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:53 pm
From left: George Scott, Matt Walker and Mike Kvasnik with their award-winning 1946 Beechcraft D-18S. [Photo: Jim Dunn] Each year the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) brings together some of America's best aircraft restorations. The 15th NAHI competition was held …

From da Vinci to Voyager

Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:53 pm
In 1505-06, Leonardo da Vinci envisioned a day when humans would fly like birds. [Biblioteca Reale, Turin; Inset, NASA] "One can draw an imaginary line from the genius of the Renaissance [Leonardo da Vinci], who dreamed about human flight by …

Letters from Readers—January 2014

Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Transonic Spitfires? Congrats to Nicholas O'Dell on a great Spitfire article ["Mitchell's Masterpiece," November]. We need to be reminded now and again just how good this airplane was/is, and what an impact it had on the first half of the …

Letter from Aviation History—January 2014

Carl von Wodtke | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:52 pm
Wright or Wrong?  Everyone knows the story: On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the Flyer along a launch rail and into the air at Kitty Hawk, N.C., while brother Wilbur watched and a camera captured the historic moment (story, …

Table of Contents—November 2013 'Aviation History'

Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Reginal Mitchell's Supermarine Spitfire; the mysterious disappearance of the Hawaii Clipper; Max Immelmann, the "Fokker Scourge;" the effort to cut off Hitler's oil supply in Ploesti; a dramatic search-and-rescue in Greenland during World War II.

Letter From Aviation History—November 2013

Carl von Wodtke | Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:14 pm
More disturbing than the impact of sequestration on events like airshows has been its effect on U.S. military aviation readiness.

Douglas World Cruiser Redux

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Beginning next spring, the World Cruiser replica "Seattle II" is poised to reprise the 1924 round-the-world flight made by its forebear. [Image: Bob Dempster] Any American who can fog a mirror will know the name of the airplane and aviator …

A Tigercat Roars Again

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:13 pm
James Slattery's Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat made its debut at the EAA AirVenture this summer. [Image: Jim Koepnick] The only reason to restore a Grumman F7F Tigercat is because it's so beautiful. The airplane was rejected as a carrier-borne fighter, the …

Sikorsky Prize Goes to Canadians

Nan Siegel | Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:13 pm
Todd Reichert prepares to make history during the June 13 attempt to meet the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Challenge. [Image: Aerovelo] After 33 years, the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Challenge has at last been met. The …

Germany Retires Its Last Phantom

Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:13 pm
Germany's first McDonnell-Douglas F-4F Phantom II rests after its final flight. [Image: A. Dijksterhuis] On June 29 Germany became the latest—but by no means the last—country to retire its McDonnell-Douglas F-4F Phantom II fighter-bombers, after 41 years of service. Of …
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