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  • MHQ Magazine

    The Battle for Little York, 1813

    The first American amphibious operation gave a young general his chance at military fame. The young general stood on the quarterdeck of the corvette USS Madison and scanned the shoreline, where his destiny slowly came into view. The first...

  • Aviation History Magazinee

    The Navy’s Flying Cannon

    Built to counter the German U-boat threat in World War I, the Naval Aircraft Factory N-1 never fulfilled its purpose. In a peculiar contravention of American capitalist principles, the U.S. Navy established its own aircraft production...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Firebombers!

    As last fall’s California wildfires demonstrated, the demand for aerial firefighters and the dangers they face have never been greater  The world’s first practical firebomber was a Stearman, a 1939 Boeing 75 that had been...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    A Ghost in the Machine

    An airline pilot working to rebuild a Grumman Widgeon says he was assisted by a mysterious voice in his head. As Mark Taintor approached the hangar he heard a voice say “turn right.” He looked around and didn’t see anyone. The voice...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Twin Amphibians

    A father-son team spent nearly two decades restoring a pair of Grumman Widgeons, with award-winning results. Rebuilding a 64-year-old amphibious airplane is a monumental undertaking, but taking on two such projects requires serious—some...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    American Flying Boats and Amphibious Aircraft

    American Flying Boats and Amphibious Aircraft: An Illustrated History by E.R. Johnson, McFarland, Jefferson, N.C., 2010, $49.95. E.R. Johnson’s latest book reflects a modern and vastly improved version of the technique James Fahey...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Everyman’s Amphibian

    Percival Spencer’s 1941 Air Car design formed the template for two generations of amphibious lightplanes. For ordinary Americans living through the Great Depression, the notion of privately owning a seaplane—even a small one used for...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Around Latin America in 133 Days

    In 1926 a crack team of U.S. Army airmen set out in amphibious biplanes on a 22,000-mile marathon flight to 23 countries. The Four Loening OA-1A amphibians had just flown over the Andes from Chile on February 26, 1927, arriving in Buenos...

  • Audio, World War II

    Audio: WWII Navy Vet On Amphibious Training And How The SEALs Trained...

    Charlie Wadhams, a World War II Navy veteran, describes the similarities in amphibious training with the Navy SEALs. ...

  • Aviation History, Aviation History Briefing, Gear

    Seabee Revival

    Mike Araldi's Republic RC-3 amphibian, which he christened "Abeja" ("Bee"), is marked accordingly. Every dog has its day—even a Seabee. A design bought by Republic to help keep its Long Island factory active when the...