The Douglas AD Skyraider wasn't pretty, but its pilots and maintenance crews dubbed it the Able Dog because of its handling and dependability. Some still regard it as "the best airplane ever made for close-in attack."
While establishing fast and reliable airmail routes to and across South America, trailblazing aviator Jean Mermoz became a national hero.
The future creator of Star Trek served in the South Pacific as a B-17 pilot, surviving tropical storms, flak and a fatal crash
In 1897 three Swedish aeronauts set out for the North Pole in a balloon, only to disappear in the vast Arctic. Their fate would remain a mystery for 33 years