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  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Voice of Experience

    There were higher-scoring fighter aces and other hotshot test pilots, but nobody did both quite like Chuck Yeager. Few, if any, individuals are as well-known in the annals of aviation history as Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager. An...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Mr. Stewart Goes to Vietnam

    Brig. Gen. Jimmy Stewart flew his last bombing mission in Vietnam on February 21, 1966, while on Air Force Reserve duty, and it almost ended in disaster. During WWII, Stewart had flown and directed hundreds of bombing missions against Nazi...

  • Aviation history Magazine

    Supersonic Revolution

    American engineers had to solve a number of design problems before the U.S. could exploit supersonic flight. ...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Hanna Reitsch: Hitler’s Female Test Pilot

    Groundbreaking pilot Hanna Reitsch was determined to fly from early childhood, and she would set more than 40 records in her lifetime. But she was tragically slow to recognize the ruin into which the Nazis were leading her homeland....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Cat Tales: Consolidated’s PBY Flying Boat

    Consolidated’s rugged PBY set a standard for flying boats and amphibians that will never be eclipsed. 1935 was a vintage year for first flights. It saw the arrival of three enormously capable, ahead-of-their-time airplanes that played a...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Solving the Problem of ‘Fog Flying’

    How private philanthropy, inventive engineers and a courageous pilot put the “I” in IFR. Airmen of all nations faced a common problem in the 1920s: flying safely when darkness, clouds or fog obscured their way. In an era when IFR...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Across the Hypersonic Divide

    The X-15 tested the limits of speed and altitude for winged aircraft, bridging the gap between the air and space ages....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Build Your Own X-15A-2

    It’s always wise to look over the in­structions before starting any kit, but if you decide to build Special Hobby’s 1/72nd-scale X-15A-2, it’s best to first check the Internet, since the directions provided with this kit are...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Model Review: Destroyed Japanese Zero

    Destroyed Japanese Zero As the Allies’ nemesis in the Pacific air war, the Zero epitomized Japanese air power. Combining excellent maneuverability and range, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero gained a legendary reputation early in the war. As the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- April 2011

    Russia Finally Condemns Stalin In a major break with precedent, the Russian parliament officially condemned Joseph Stalin for the first time ever this fall for his role in the Katyn Forest massacre during World War II, setting the stage...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Game Review: To Kingdom Come

    To Kingdom Come: An Epic Saga of Survival in the Air War Over Germany By Robert J. Mrazek. 400 pp. NAL Caliber, 2011. $25.95. Three years ago, former congressman- turned-historian Robert J. Mrazek published A Dawn Like Thunder, a powerful...

  • World War II Magazine

    Juan Trippe’s World

    How one ambitious American businessman—and his fleet of silver planes—helped the Allies win the war. As searchlights scoured the skies over blacked-out, bomb-battered London in June 1941, Juan Trippe stood atop the roof of his hotel,...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- October 2011

    The ‘Dambusters’ Fly Again Famous Bombing Raid Reenacted Allied bombing, for all its lethal ferocity, was not an exact science. When the Royal Air Force set its sights on the heavily defended hydroelectric dams in Germany’s Ruhr...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: Secrets of the Spitfire

    Secrets of the Spitfire: The Story of Beverley Shenstone, the Man Who Perfected the Elliptical Wing by Lance Cole, Pen and Sword Aviation, South Yorkshire, UK, 2012, $39.95.  Reginald J. Mitchell will always be remembered as the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Uncle Sam’s Flying Fire Trucks

    U.S. Forest Service adaptations of helicopters to fight raging forest fires in 1967 proved to be highly effective in Vietnam. “Here come the flying fire trucks!”shouted the heat-blasted engineer sergeant, rallying his weary firefighter...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Air Cav: How Soldiers in the Sky Reshaped the Battlefield

    Adapting age-old principles of traditional cavalry to the new capabilities of the helicopter created an unprecedented fighting force. One of the great battlefield innovations developed by the United States armed forces in its effort to...