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  • Military History Magazine

    Dark Past, Bright Lights

    How the U.S. got Nazi Germany’s best scientists. World War II was as good as over in Europe and the rubble of Berlin and Dresden was still smoking as American, Soviet and British armies ransacked war-ravaged Ger- many. The Allied race...

  • Military History Magazine

    Interview with Ronald Arkin: Building Trust in Combat Robots

    In 1958, shortly after the Soviet launch of Sputnik, the Department of Defense created the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and apply cutting-edge advances in military technology. Stemming from DARPA’s...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Too Hot to Handle

    The Macchi-Castoldi M.C.72 wrote a record-breaking epilogue to the Schneider Trophy races. Jacques Schneider, the son of a French steel and arms manufacturer, was a great aviation enthusiast. He came to believe that floatplanes and flying...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Scramjet Success

    March 27, 2004, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.—NASA’s experimental X-43 scramjet took off for its second test. It had plenty of help taking to the sky—it was appended to a modified Pegasus rocket booster, attached to a Boeing B-52B....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: The American Aircraft Factory in World War II

    The American Aircraft Factory in World War II (Zenith Press, St Paul, Minn., 2006, $40) Bill Yenne keeps his reputation for consistent quality in his nostalgic book The American Aircraft Factory in World War II. He provides a context for...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    We Guide to Strike

    Gil Cohen’s ASAA “Award of Distinction” tribute to British Pathfinders. Gil Cohen’s painting We Guide to Strike is an example of his ability to offer insight into the emotions and character of his subjects while utilizing their...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    MiG: Learning By Trial and Error

    The design bureau’s early years were marked by as many failures as successes, but the company would go on to produce some of history’s greatest fighter aircraft. Alesksei N. ”Lesha” Grinchik had only seconds to live. As he bottomed...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    ‘Flying Classroom’ Reinvented

    Convair T-29A back on duty at the Strategic Air & Space Museum. After nearly a quarter-century in retirement, the Strategic Air & Space Museum’s Convair (Consolidated Vultee) T-29A is once again ready for duty in its original...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Curtiss A-18 Shrike

    Though less successful than Messerschmitt’s Bf-110, the A-18 was proof that a six-ton twin-engine attack plane could do the job. The time-worn formulas of World War I— wood and fabric construction, open cockpits, fixed undercarriage...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Letters from Readers- March 2007

    Artillery and Gliders As a recent subscriber to Aviation History, I found two articles in the July 2006 issue of great interest. Regarding Kelly Bell’s feature “Mustang Wrangler George Preddy,” I am quite sure the unit that shot him...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Able and Baker

    May 28, 1959, 40 miles North of Antigua— Two small monkeys splash down in the nose cone of a Jupiter missile. The rocket had traveled 1,700 miles in 15 minutes, and with their successful recovery by the U.S. Navy tug Kiowa, the two...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Fritz Opel’s Manned Rocket

    June 11, 1928, Wasserkrupe, Germany— The world’s first rocket-propelled manned aircraft took to the sky. The sailplane, designed by Alexander Lippisch and called the Ente (German for “duck”), was powered by two black-powder rockets...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Dictatorship of the Air

    Scott W. Palmer, author of Dictatorship of the Air: Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2006, $40), has accomplished that most difficult task, writing a readable scholarly book. Well accoutered with...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The U.S. Navy’s Last Flying Boat

    Development of Martin’s P6M was delayed until its time ran out. Middle River, Maryland, July 14, 1955: Martin Aircraft’s XP6M-1 Seamaster, the world’s first jet-powered seaplane, taxied into the river for the first flight of what one...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Paper Airplanes

    On the eve of World War II, the U.S. Army Air Corps ordered hundreds of medium bombers right off the drawing board—before they had even been test flown. In the late 1930s, U.S. Army Air Corps doctrine had been centered on using...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Return to USS Macon

    More than 70 years after the giant airship went down off the coast of California, a research expedition captures ghostly images of genius from a bygone era. Sitting inside Western Flyer’s command center three miles off the California...