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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Web Update: Spirit of St. Louis 2

    The 91st anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s record-making transatlantic flight has come and gone while Spirit of St. Louis 2, a scratch-built replica of the famous airplane, remains grounded (see “Spirit of St. Louis 2,” March 2018...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Immortal Douglas DC-3

    Donald Douglas’ classic transport elevated aviation’s state of the art with its superb combination of beauty and performance. Within a decade of its 1921 founding, the Douglas Aircraft Company had built a solid reputation. The...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Daughter of the Skies: Jean Batten

    Jean Batten put New Zealand on the map during aviation’s Golden Age, then faded into obscurity. For her 26th birthday on September 15, 1935, Jean Batten treated herself to a brand-new Percival D.3 Gull Six. The low-wing Gull had a 200-hp...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Douglas Mawson’s Frozen Flight

    Douglas Mawson and his ‘Wingless Wonder’ headed for the Antarctic in 1911. The three men were yoked like pack animals to a sled carting their supplies. They suffered from unrelenting frostbite, trudging along through the ice and snow,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Pioneer Airman’s Tragic Destiny

    Air force visionary Paul Beck’s scandalous demise clouded his impressive legacy. “The gun exploded and blew Beck’s head off,” reported The New York Times. “It was the dramatic outcome of a social evening among friends, the...