Without improvements in technological and tactical effectiveness, its U-boats were quite literally sunk
The versatile British FV101 Scorpion tracked reconnaissance vehicle and its variants have been in use on battlefields worldwide since 1972.
How making chemical weapons in World War I broke ground for the U.S. military-industrial complex
A Carolina Moonshiner Helps Win WWII SEVERAL SHOTS SEEMED to come out of nowhere. One bullet whizzed past Sheriff N.H. McGeachy’s face, almost nicking his nose, and another clipped Deputy Bill...
Paul Kennedy's book Engineers of Victory looks at the critical contribution engineering and multidisciplinary coordination made toward Allied victory in World War II.
In the Vietnam War, adapting old principles of traditional cavalry to the new capabilities of the helicopter created an unprecedented fighting force
Imagine flying 900 miles at about 40 mph in a cockpit that has half the interior space of a Mini Cooper, with wings the span of a commercial jet providing lift. Now remove the gas tank, add 12,000...
Even as debate continues over the ethical use of drones in foreign and domestic airspace, two new drone designs are nearing full airworthiness.
The September 2013 Letter From Aviation History discusses the ramifications of emerging drone technology.
The 8- to 10-power Zeiss Scherenfernrohr prism binoculars enabled observers to track enemy movements without putting themselves in the direct line of fire.
The Webley & Scott Mk VI top-break revolver was a versatile weapon, designed with trench warfare in mind, that remained popular with British officers through World War II.
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.
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...
View our exclusive animation and preview our story about the bold British raid on Germany’s strategic river dams.
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...
The July 2013 Letter From Aviation History tackles issues surrounding U.S. military procurement, as it relates to the controversial Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.