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Amazing But True Stories

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: February 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm
These 10 aviation tales prove that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

Letters from Readers—March 2014 'Aviation History'

Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:50 pm
"First flight" debate, further reading on "The Greenland Ice Cap Rescue," and memories of the Gee Bee racers.

Miracle Landing Off Korea

David Sears | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:47 pm
Setting down on a carrier is difficult under the best conditions—but next to impossible if you can’t see.

What do you consider the Doolittle Raiders' most lasting legacy?

Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:45 pm
 Aviation History Reader Poll The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders held their final reunion this past November, drinking a special toast to fallen comrades (see our story and guest editorial). What do you consider the Raiders' most lasting legacy, and what do …

Doolittle Raiders Drink a Final Toast

C.V. Glines | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:45 pm
Edward Saylor, Dick Cole (Jimmy Doolittle's copilot) and David Thatcher drink to their comrades. [Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force] A milestone historical event took place on November 9, 2013, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Rather than …

Down-Under Boxkite Replica

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:44 pm
A Bristol Military Biplane replica, recently delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force, awaits testing. [James Kightly] Until now, there has been only one flying Bristol Boxkite—the oft-photographed example that is part of the Shuttleworth Collection in England, a fragile …

Learjet's Golden Anniversary

Martin A. Bartels | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:44 pm
Rat Pack stalwarts Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra lent Lear's private jet an invaluable aura of cool during the mid-1960s. [John Bryson/Sygma/Corbis] It wasn't until the age of 50 that Frank Sinatra owned his first Learjet, but for the next …

Dog Finds a New House

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:43 pm
Veterans of HMM-361 pose with the restored Sikorsky UH-34D they presented to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. [U.S. Marine Corps] The Sikorsky UH-34D was properly named the Seahorse when flown by Marines, but jarheads usually called it the …

Letter from 'Aviation History'—March 2014

C.V. Glines, Contributing Editor | Published: January 03, 2014 at 2:43 pm
Exploring the legacy of the Doolittle Raiders and contributing editor C.V. Glines's personal observations of their importance.

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 …
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