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Aviation History


The Other Cactus Air Force

Lawrence Spinetta | Published: March 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm
The contributions of the Army Air Forces were vital to victory at Guadalcanal

Letters from Readers—Aviation History, May 2015

Published: March 11, 2015 at 3:12 pm
Readers share their thoughts and insights on previously published Aviation History stories.

Letter from Aviation History—May 2015

Carl von Wodtke | Published: March 11, 2015 at 3:02 pm
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?

Third Time’s the Charm?

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm
Britain's most star-crossed restoration project is back in the air.

Smithsonian Treasures on Display

Published: March 11, 2015 at 2:50 pm
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.

Immaculate Restorations

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: March 11, 2015 at 2:50 pm
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.

Herk Rescue Mission

Published: March 11, 2015 at 2:50 pm
Former hostages and rescuer reunite near Secord's C-130 in 2013. Mack Secord 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 …

The Miraculous Mosquito

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:06 pm
De Havilland's versatile Wooden Wonder racked up an admirable combat record within a remarkably short timespan

Letter From Aviation History—March 2015

Carl von Wodtke | Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:04 pm
Amid tragic setbacks in the nascent commercial aviation industry were hopeful signs that aerospace dreamers will continue to innovate, regardless of the risks.

Letters From Readers—Aviation History March 2015

Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:04 pm
Readers share their thoughts on recent issues of Aviation History magazine.

Movie Messerschmitts Sold

Jon Guttman | Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:04 pm
Stunt pilot Connie Edwards' cache of HA-1112 Buchons shown as sold to Swiss company Boschung Global Ltd. [Image: c. Boschung Global] The Swiss company Boschung Global Ltd. announced on November 13, 2014, that it has taken possession of six rare …

EAA’s Standard J-1 Returns

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:04 pm
The EAA's Standard J-1, decked out in the markings of fictional barnstormer Waldo Pepper, takes to the air again. [Jason Toney/EAA] The square-cut 1916-18 Standard J-1 biplane is notorious for being mistaken as a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, a situation not …

Thinking Outside the Gondola

Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:04 pm
On October 24, 2014, Alan Eustace ascended to 135,890 feet wearing a pressure suit with life support system before exceeding the speed of sound in a record-breaking skydive. [J. Martin Harris] A little more than two years after Felix Baumgartner's …

Google Takes Over Moffett Field

Published: January 08, 2015 at 4:04 pm
USS Macon was stored inside the massive Hangar One at Moffett Field in 1934. Underwood Archives/Getty Images 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 …

Table of Contents—January 2015 Aviation History

Published: November 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm
Subscribe to Aviation History magazine today! FEATURES The Lost Squadron By Mark Carlson In one of the U.S. Marine Corps' worst air disasters, six pilots and 22 Corsairs were lost in the Pacific. Heinemann's Hot Rod By John Golan With …

Letters From Readers—January 2015

Published: November 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm
Readers share thoughts on stories from our most recent issues.
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