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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Glory & Appendicitis

    Endurance fliers Louise Thaden and Frances Marsalis triumphed over exhaustion—and media hype—in 1932. In July 1932, Louise McPhetridge Thaden received a call from Charles S. “Casey” Jones, manager of Curtiss Airport at Valley...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Flight of the Spokane Sun God

    Battling violent storms, forest fire smoke, head winds and fatigue, a pair of aviators flew nonstop across America and back to establish a new world record. The swaying hose slowly approached as pilot Nicholas B. Mamer eased the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Alcock and Brown’s Great Adventure

    ‘Yesterday I was in America, and I am the first man in Europe to say that,’ said John Alcock after his transatlantic flight with Arthur Whitten Brown. The real story of the first nonstop transatlantic flight is one that surprisingly...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Baroness of Flight

    Raymonde de Laroche’s first flight with Wilbur Wright sparked a fatal attraction to flying. When Wilbur Wright went to France in 1908 to demonstrate the Flyer to skeptical French officials, he followed his dazzling aerial displays near...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    June Bug Centennial

    Plenty of experiments end in failure, so it’s not surprising very few people actually witnessed the Wright brothers’ Flyer inaugurate the aerial age at Kitty Hawk. In fact, the Wrights didn’t send an account of their flights to the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: West With the Night

    West With the Night by Beryl Markham Beryl Markham was the first person to fly solo from England to North America from east to west, against prevailing Atlantic winds. She accomplished this remarkable feat in 1936, flying a Vega Gull...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Two Electras in Search of Howland Island

    Thirty years after Amelia Earhart vanish, another woman flier set out to retrace her unfinished journey. The Lockheed Model 10 Electra circled above the vast Pacific, its crew members straining their eyes in search of a small island, just...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: We

    “We” by Charles A. Lindbergh With the smiling humility that he personified following his solo flight across the Atlantic in May 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh shared the honors of his great feat with the airplane that carried him through...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Off to Oz- Adventurous Aviators

    It wasn’t long after Kitty Hawk that intrepid birdmen sought to overcome the challenges imposed by large bodies of water, beginning with Louis Blériot’s English Channel crossing in 1909. Before World War I, bold aviators had already...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    ‘Lady Lindy’: The Remarkable Life of Amelia Earhart

    A tomboy who defied early-20th-century conventions, Earhart successfully crusaded for women pilots’ place in the sky. They called Amelia Earhart “Lady Lindy” after her first flight across the Atlantic. She was tall...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Amelia

    Why the endless fascination with a woman who by most accounts was a mediocre pilot, best known for disappearing in the Pacific? With the exception of two or three famous astronauts, there are only four pilots in the entire history of...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The ‘Old Bus’ Endures

    Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith’s famous Fokker Southern Cross has pride of place in Brisbane. At Brisbane Airport, not far from where today’s jumbo jets touch down after their transpacific flights, the Fokker F.VIIb/3m trimotor Southern...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    All in the Game

    Despite the failure of his 1924 around-the-world attempt, Archibald MacLaren remained optimistic that such a flight ‘by one British machine and one British engine’ was possible. Flying perilously low, desperately seeking a passage...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    A Peruvian Conquers the Alps in 1910

    In his last months, before Jorge Chávez died in September 1910, he made headlines across Europe during a frenetic summer of competitive flying. A gifted athlete and recent engineering graduate, Chávez—born to wealthy Peruvian parents...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Great Transcontinental Air Race

    Belvin Maynard’s 1919 victory inspired aviators across America—and made a hero of the ‘Flying Parson’. Late in the morning on October 16, 1919, a de Havilland DH-4 dropped from the clouds and touched down silently in a pasture near...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Review: Amelia

    Amelia Director: Mira Nair; Cast: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Joe Anderson, Cherry Jones In the 72 years since her twin-engine Lockheed Electra vanished in the Central Pacific without a trace, Amelia...