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  • 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 crew of the battleship Bismarck...

  • 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. Reimar Horten and his older brother Walter were German...

  • 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. In 1968 the U.S. Navy had a...

  • 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 On Friday, October 26, 1962, one day before “Black Saturday,” the...

  • Fighter Pilot: Hermann Göring

    In 1918 the future Luftwaffe leader and Nazi war criminal was a 22-victory fighter ace and German war hero Monday evenings in late 1922, the Cafe Neumayr in Munich played host to...

  • Pacific Tramps

    The story of the B-17s that arrived over Hawaii during the Japanese attack has been told many times, but what happened to them?    On December 7, 1941, 12 unarmed B-17s...

  • 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. Were it not for a 32-year-old U.S. Air Force colonel...

  • The Tommy Scout

    America’s first indigenous scout plane was conceived by an Englishman and borrowed heavily from European designs.  When the United States declared war on Germany in April...


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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.