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Letters From Readers—November 2013 'Aviation History'

Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:12 pm
Readers share their insights and memories on topics like the Gardenville Project, "Monster Singles," and the sinking of the Italian liner "Rex."

Ploesti—The Rest of the Story

Barrett Tillman | Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:01 pm
The Fifteenth Air Force struggled for four long months to shut off Hitler’s Balkan oil supply near Ploesti.

Gallery: WWI Planes

Jon Guttman | Published: August 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm
 Ready for trouble, pilot Sergeant Georges Brou mans a Browning machine gun and his observer, Sub-Lieutenant Jean Billon de Plan, raises his Hotchkiss to practice dealing with an attack from behind in a newly delivered Maurice Farman MF.11bis of …

MHQ Reviews: Notable Books, Autumn 2013

MHQ | Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:20 am
Notable books recommended by MHQ.

Wave-Top Marauder

Evan Hadingham | Published: July 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm
A faded wartime diary provides a window on the RAF's risky low-level bombing missions in the Adriatic.

'Flying Pencil' Recovery

Jon Guttman | Published: July 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm
On August 26, 1940, German Dornier Do-17Zs of Kampfgeschwader 3 on a mission to bomb British airfields at Hornchurch and Debden were attacked by Boulton-Paul Defiants of No. 264 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Escorting Messerschmitt Me-109Es came to their aid, …

Coast to Coast on Sun Power

Martin A. Bartels | Published: July 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm
The Solar Impulse soars over the Golden Gate Bridge during tests in April 2013. [Image: Solar Impulse] Imagine flying 900 miles at about 40 mph in a cockpit that has half the interior space of a Mini Cooper, with wings …

New Drone Designs Take Wing

Published: July 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm
Even as debate continues over the ethical use of drones in foreign and domestic airspace, two new drone designs are nearing full airworthiness.

Letter From Aviation History—September 2013

Carl von Wodtke | Published: July 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm
The September 2013 Letter From Aviation History discusses the ramifications of emerging drone technology.

Can modern aircraft designers mimic the approach used to create the Bell Model 47 helicopter?

Published: July 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm
 Aviation History Reader Poll During the 1940s, the Gardenville Project (story, P. 38) demonstrated that a small team of dedicated employees could use trail and error to develop a groundbreaking aircraft, in this case the Bell Model 47 helicopter. Do …

Table of Contents—September 2013, Aviation History

Published: July 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm
The September 2013 issue of Aviation History explores the Luftwaffe's Stuka, the Martin Marauder, the birth of the Bell 47 helicopter, and the Fokker Triplane, among many other aviation wonders.

Table of Contents—July 2013 Aviation History

Published: May 06, 2013 at 11:35 am
The July 2013 issue of Aviation History offers compelling stories, including Dambusters (a complex RAF bombing mission over Germany), a profile of the Heinkel He-162, and the noble story of the 1926 team of U.S. Army airmen who flew 22,000 miles around Latin America.

Worth the price tag?

Published: May 03, 2013 at 3:31 pm
Aviation History Reader Poll At an estimated cost of $135 million per airplane, Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history. When the fighter finally becomes fully operational, will it be …

The Dambusters

Nicholas O'Dell | Published: May 03, 2013 at 2:42 pm
View our exclusive animation and preview our story about the bold British raid on Germany’s strategic river dams.

Collier Goes to Curiosity

Published: May 03, 2013 at 2:14 pm
A remarkable self-portrait of the Curiousity rover on Mars. (© NASA/JPL Mars Science Laboratory/Curiousity Project) Every year the National Aeronautic Association awards the  Robert J. Collier Trophy for "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to …

LAS Contract Dispute Continues

Martin A. Bartels | Published: May 03, 2013 at 2:13 pm
The A-29 Super Tucano by Embraer. (© Embraer)   A contract for 20 light air support (LAS) airplanes destined for Afghanistan's fledgling air force has stalled again, as Beechcraft Corporation filed suit against the U.S. Air Force to halt work on …
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