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  • Curtiss C-46: Going Commando

    The Curtiss C-46 filled a niche during World War II for a high-altitude heavy hauler capable of operating from rough airstrips in far-flung locales They called it the Curtiss...

  • Maitland Bleecker’s Forgotten Whirlybird

    Bleecker beat Igor Sikorsky to the punch by developing a fully controllable helicopter in 1930, only to see his invention abandoned for want of a $90 part. “Sikorsky was the...

  • Bell X-1: Dropping the Orange Beast

    The first supersonic flight would not have been possible without the help of countless support personnel, including the man who oversaw the project and piloted the X-1’s B-29...

  • A Turn for the Worse

    How a rainstorm and a navigational error led to the murder of two U.S. Army aviators in Mexico. More than a month had passed since U.S. Army Air Service Lieutenants Cecil Connolly...

  • Myth of the Tankbuster

    A close examination of the historical record reveals that ground-attack aircraft in World War II were not as successful against armor as many believe. The effectiveness of...

  • Fairey Swordfish: The Glorious “Stringbag”

    A flying anachronism when it entered service, the Fairey Swordfish nevertheless helped save Britain during the darkest days of World War II...

  • The Horten Brothers’ Jet Flying Wing

    The never-built Horten Ho-229 has been the subject of more speculation and myths than any other World War II airplane...

  • Topgun Turns 50

    Founded in response to air combat shortcomings during the Vietnam War, the U.S. Navy’s fighter training program continues to turn out elite airmen...


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Aviation History magazine is an authoritative, in-depth history of world aviation from its origins to the Space Age. Aviation History offers air enthusiasts the most detailed coverage of the history of manned flight, with action-packed stories and illustrations that put the reader in the cockpit with pilots and military (Army, Navy, and Marines) aviators to experience aviation’s greatest dramas.