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Aviation History Magazine Aviation History magazine is an authoritative, in-depth history of world aviation from its origins to the Space Age. Aviation History magazine covers the rich history of aviation, from Glenn Curtiss and the Wrights, to Hellcats, Mustangs, and even a Viper or two.

Over 50 years later, mystery still surrounds the hijacking of a 727 over the Pacific Northwest—the only unsolved air pir...
05/06/2022
Legend of D.B. Cooper: What Happened to History's Most Famous Hijacker? | HistoryNet

Over 50 years later, mystery still surrounds the hijacking of a 727 over the Pacific Northwest—the only unsolved air piracy incident in commercial aviation history.

Fifty years later, mystery still surrounds the hijacking of a 727 over the Pacific Northwest—the only unsolved air piracy incident in commercial aviation history

Nearly 25 years after it first saw combat in Vietnam, the LTV A-7E Corsair II was headed for retirement when it was reca...
05/06/2022
Gulf War: The Corsair’s Last Hurrah | HistoryNet

Nearly 25 years after it first saw combat in Vietnam, the LTV A-7E Corsair II was headed for retirement when it was recalled for duty in one last war.

During Operation Desert Storm, launched early in the morning of January 17, 1991, the United States deployed a variety of cutting-edge military aircraft as main actors in the air stage, including the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter.

Airplane and motion pictures were born around the same time, and feel like a natural pair. Here, the best movies about a...
05/05/2022
The Best Movies About Aviation—and the Worst, Too | HistoryNet

Airplane and motion pictures were born around the same time, and feel like a natural pair. Here, the best movies about aviation and flying—and the worst.

What do you think?

Airplane and motion pictures were born around the same time, and feel like a natural pair. Here, the best movies about aviation and flying—and the worst.

05/05/2022
Burnelli

Aviation History editor Tom Huntington recently visited the New England Air Museum and he got a chance to talk to volunteer O'Neil Langley about the recently restored Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster. The airplane's fuselage was intended to provide lift.

Trial by Fire at Coral Sea | HistoryNet
05/05/2022
Trial by Fire at Coral Sea | HistoryNet

Trial by Fire at Coral Sea | HistoryNet

In the spring of 1942 Adm. Chester Nimitz was a relatively untried commander who was forced to match the battered remnants of the U.S. Pacific Fleet against an opponent flush with victory.

World War II saw 3 U.S. Army Air Forces fighters of consequence: the North American P-51, the remarkable Lockheed P-38—a...
05/05/2022
The P-47 "Jug" Hit the Germans Hard in the Air and on the Ground | HistoryNet

World War II saw 3 U.S. Army Air Forces fighters of consequence: the North American P-51, the remarkable Lockheed P-38—and the absurdly large Republic P-47.

World War II saw three U.S. Army Air Forces fighters of consequence: everybody’s favorite, the North American P-51; the remarkable Lockheed P-38; and the absurdly large Republic P-47.

From dogfights to starfighters, from grease guns to blaster rifles, George Lucas' vision was inspired by his love of WWI...
05/04/2022
May the Fourth Be With You: How WWII Inspired Star Wars | HistoryNet

From dogfights to starfighters, from grease guns to blaster rifles, George Lucas' vision was inspired by his love of WWII films.

“By accident, a great deal can be read topically,” Maj. Warren Lewis, brother to C.S. Lewis, wrote in possibly the first ever review of the novel in 1949.

Innumerable books have been written about the 1940 Battle of Britain. Almost nothing has been published in the West conc...
05/04/2022
Air Battle for Moscow, 1941-1942 Review: An Untold Story of World War II | HistoryNet

Innumerable books have been written about the 1940 Battle of Britain. Almost nothing has been published in the West concerning the equally pivotal World War II aerial campaign waged over Moscow between Germany and the Soviet Union during 1941 and early 1942. A 1978 television series about WWII on the Eastern Front was entitled The Unknown War. Air Battle for Moscow might qualify for the same heading in its depiction of events within that conflict about which almost nothing heretofore has been known outside of Russia.

Innumerable books have been written about the 1940 Battle of Britain. Almost nothing has been published in the West concerning the equally pivotal World War II aerial campaign waged over Moscow between Germany and the Soviet Union during 1941 and early 1942. A 1978 television series about WWII on t...

The Fisher XP-75 Eagle was the worst aircraft that U.S. taxpayers bought during World War II. How could this have happen...
05/04/2022
Why America's XP-75 Eagle Was a Turkey | HistoryNet

The Fisher XP-75 Eagle was the worst aircraft that U.S. taxpayers bought during World War II. How could this have happened?

Incorporating parts from three existing aircraft, GM’s XP-75 Eagle suffered from an overly complicated design and overweight experimental engine.

Congratulations to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on the newest addition to their amazing collection! NKAWTG!
05/03/2022

Congratulations to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on the newest addition to their amazing collection! NKAWTG!

The old adage is "If it looks right, it'll fly right." Here are 13 examples of what happens when you ignore the rules. W...
05/03/2022
The 13 Ugliest Airplanes | HistoryNet

The old adage is "If it looks right, it'll fly right." Here are 13 examples of what happens when you ignore the rules. What's on your list?

Aviation History magazine nominates the 13 ugliest airplanes ever to fly.

Evidently, the only replacement for the iconic F-15 ... is an F-15.
05/02/2022
F-15EX Eagle II unveiled as newest fighter

Evidently, the only replacement for the iconic F-15 ... is an F-15.

Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics military deputy, presented the F-15EX Eagle II during an unveiling and naming

Ready to add that flying hood ornament to your collection of Navy fighters. Here's your weekend project.
04/29/2022
Modeling the Vought F7U-3 Cutlass | HistoryNet

Ready to add that flying hood ornament to your collection of Navy fighters. Here's your weekend project.

The shape of the Navy's future fighters The 1950s were a time when the future looked bright. Influenced by German designs for their "Wonder Weapons" of

This Cold War design looked great on paper but in practice became known as the "Ensign Eliminator."
04/29/2022
The F7U Cutlass: Vought's Visionary Fighter | HistoryNet

This Cold War design looked great on paper but in practice became known as the "Ensign Eliminator."

To Navy pilots in the early 1950s, the sweptwing F7U Cutlass looked like a fighter of the future, but they soon learned looks can be deceiving.

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The Navy's Corsair and the Junkers Stuka had bent-wings. What were the advantages (and disadvantages) of designing the wings like this?
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Hey Aviation History enthusiasts! You may be interested in an event coming up (Dec. 2) featuring a Korean War veteran. If you see the need, let your local History teacher(s) know about it too - it’s scheduled so people in schools and businesses can partake. https://www.dfcsociety.org/pages/ogta-debriefs
Benjamin Franklin witnessed, and wrote about, the birth of flight run 1783. Five months ago, he told the story on Facebook Live. I posted part one a minute ago, and here is part two. I hope you will take a look. His page is "Dr. Benjamin Franklin, LLD, FRS." Something new there every day. I hope you will take a look, and give it a like. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=266869947790414
Benjamin Franklin witnessed, and wrote about, the first flight by human beings in 1783. A few months ago, he told the story on Facebook Live. Here is part one, and I will post the second part in a moment. His page is "Dr. Benjamin Franklin, LLD, FRS." I hope you will take a look at his page, and give it a like. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=252687892753508
Larkhill, RFC, RAF, Stonehenge related.
Where can I buy the May and July issues of the magazine, in print?
What made the F-16 such a revolutionary fighter?
Just got the March issue with tremendous variety including ETO Hellcats, USN legend Fred Trapnell, rebuilding the Luftwaffe, and helo antisubmarine guys.
I am looking for anyone who has knowledge of the history of aviation, especially military aviation, in Mexico, most specifically in l930s. Also, any one with knowledge of a famous pilot and Mexican general, Samuel Carlos Roja Rasso. Please contact me; I'm working on a book that involves General Roja. If you know of any source material on these subjects, I'd appreciate if you could pass those titles along to me. Many, many thanks.
Watch out for the SHARKS! Awesome WWII Poster of a Dumbo PBY-5A Catalina on a rescue mission over the Pacific. A spectacular low overhead flight of a PBY Catalina, coming to the rescue of a ditched pilot. With high ocean swells on the open sea, water landings were often no option, so dinghies, food, and water were dropped. Their positions were sent out to ships, PT-boats and submarines to home in for picking up the drowned crews and sailors. The Dumbo Cats have saved thousands of lives with their SAR Flights of Mercy during WWII. One of the most daring Dumbo Cat rescue missions in the Pacific War took place around the worst US Navy disaster that happened in July 1945 after the torpedoing of USS INDIANAPOLIS. For more details and photos, see my Dakota Hunter Blog about this harrowing story here https://www.dc3dakotahunter.com/blog/pby-catalina-saved-uss-indianapolis-sailors-from-massive-shark-attack/ For more information, photos, ordering of this poster and my books, come to my website: www.dc3dakotahunter.com Illustration design and book copyrights by Hans Wiesman.