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Myth of the Zero
By Stephan Wilkinson
Despite its legendary reputation, Mitsubishi’s maneuverable A6M was rapidly rendered obsolete in the Pacific War.

Delta Dreamer
By Walter J. Boyne
Walter Lippisch’s radical delta-wing and canard designs inspired a generation of American aircraft.

Across the Hypersonic Divide
By Richard P. Hallion
The Mach 6 North American X-15 bridged the gap between the air and space ages.

Hunt for the Mad Mullah
By Derek O’Connor
In 1920 the self-proclaimed Mullah of Somaliland met his match in Britain’s RAF, backed up by the Camel Corps.

A Thousand Miles by Airship
By Kimberly Kenney
Adventurer Walter Wellman set out in 1910 to cross the Atlantic in the dirigible America, accompanied by his five-man crew and a cat.

A Mideast Lion Comes West
By Gary Rashba
The Israeli F-21 helped U.S. fighter pilots hone their dogfighting skills.



By Robert Bernier
The Vought Cutlass looked cool but earned a reputation as an ensign-killer.

By Dick Smith
A PB2Y Coronado flying boat became the first aircraft to land in Japan after WWII.


By Daniel J. Demers
Paul Beck’s shocking end has obscured his contributions to early aviation.Letter From Aviation History


Flight Test
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Alexander Lippisch was among the German aircraft and rocket designers who immigrated to the United States after World War II under Operation Paperclip (story in the July issue). Given the context of the Cold War, do you think it was right for America to work with former Nazis to help advance U.S. aerospace technology? Click here to share your comments.