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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Roald Dahl’s Wartime Adventures

    The celebrated children’s author flew Gloster Gladiators and Hawker Hurricanes for the RAF before he earned fame and fortune as a writer. Two hefty airmen grunted in unison as they lifted the pilot from the cockpit of his Hawker...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aerobat ‘Speed’ Holman

    The daredevil Midwestern flier lived fast and died fast. Charles W. “Speed” Holman put his native Minnesota on the map with a series of aerial feats, breaking numerous speed and stunt flying records. But unlike Charles Lindbergh,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Quest for Zerzura

    Laszlo Almasy pioneered the aerial exploration of the North African desert, locating Egypt’s legendary ‘lost oasis.’ Unlike the title character of the Oscar-winning 1996 film The English Patient, the real-life Laszlo Almasy didn’t...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Rescue at Entebbe

    An Israeli transport squadron commander recounts the daring air operation to liberate hijacking hostages in Uganda. Like all Israelis, Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Shani had been closely following the hijacking drama of Air France Flight 139....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Fine Art Takes Wing

    It’s time aviation artists were given the respect they so richly deserve. On a recent trip to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, I discovered among the dazzling collection of impressionist art a marvelous 1910 oil painting of a Levavasseur...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    James McCudden-The Perfect Soldier

    “Shooting genius” James McCudden owed his success in aerial combat to precision, patience and perseverance. At 14,000 feet, the air above Armentières, France, was thin and cold, but that didn’t bother British Captain James McCudden...

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    One Small Step

    The first woman to parachute from an airplane, ‘Tiny’ Broadwick leapt into the record books. On January 9, 1914, a diminutive young woman “stood poised for a moment on a step at the side of the Martin biplane, looked down 1,000 feet...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Spirit of Texas: Mission Accomplished

    Ross Perot Jr. was just 23 when he set out on a bold venture: to circumnavigate the world in a helicopter. He had only a year of flying under his belt at the time. Fortunately for him, his father, the well-known Texas business magnate and...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Herman the German

    Master engineer Gerhard Neumann helped keep the Tigers flying and enabled the Allies to evaluate the first captured Japanese Zero. He was an enemy alien living in China when Claire Chennault recruited him into the American Volunteer Group....

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West DVD Review: How the West Was Won

    How the West Was Won three-disc special,Warner Home Video, 2008, 164 minutes, $29.98. Warner Bros. created this epic in 1962 for Cinerama, a format using three projectors to create a widescreen image on a 146-degree curved screen. While...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: The Wild West Catalog

    The Wild West Catalog by Bruce Wexler, Running Press, Philadelphia, 2008, $19.95. In trying to address every aspect of the West in 256 pages, The Wild West Catalog can’t be comprehensive, but it is colorful, fun and sometimes...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: Icons of the American West

    Icons of the American West: From Cowgirls to Silicon Valley edited by Gordon Morris Bakken, Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., 2008, $175. Noah Webster defined icon as “an object of uncritical devotion.” But don’t let that dissuade...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Charley Nebo: The Forrest Gump of the Old West

    Charley Nebo had a knack for showing up where the action was—driving Longhorns for Charles Goodnight, tending cattle for John Chisum, hobnobbing with Billy the Kid and riding amid the Sioux at the time of Wounded Knee. In the Academy...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Interview: Sandra K. Sagala Treads the Boards With ‘First-class Star’ Buffalo Bill

    Before creating his own Wild West, Cody portrayed himself onstage. Just about every student of history knows that William F. Cody brought the Western story—or, at least, its myth—to millions of fans worldwide with his Wild West...

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    The Search for the Captives of Elm Creek

    A fall Indian raid in frontier Texas was as dramatic as any in fiction, but no more gripping than the odyssey of the female captives and their searchers. Comanche and Kiowa raiders swept down on the Fitzpatrick ranch, a two-story house...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    From Spitfires to Saberjets: The Making of an Ace

    It took him 10 years and two wars, but Canadian fighter pilot Omer Levesque finally got his fifth victory in the skies over Korea. On March 31, 1951, Joseph Auguste Omer Levesque became the first British Commonwealth pilot to shoot down a...