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  • 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...

  • Forgotten Casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis

    How the shootdown of a U-2 spyplane over Cuba by a Soviet surface-to-air missile nearly led to nuclear war...

  • Fighter Pilot: Hermann Göring

    In 1918 the future Luftwaffe leader and Nazi war criminal was a 22-victory fighter ace and German war hero ...

  • Boeing B-52: Stratosaurus

    First flown in 1952, the venerable Boeing B-52 could well be the first military aircraft to remain in service for a century...


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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.