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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.

Happy Thanksgiving!“After receiving permission from the farm owner, these men, attached to an airbase at Norfolk, Englan...
11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving!

“After receiving permission from the farm owner, these men, attached to an airbase at Norfolk, England, invade a turkey pen to choose their annual turkey day repast. The turkeys were given to the men for their Thanksgiving dinners," Nov. 6, 1943.

Mustang Monday continues. Just what was it that made the P-51 such a world be**er (besides that Merlin engine)?
11/24/2022
In the P-51 Mustang’s Wake

Mustang Monday continues. Just what was it that made the P-51 such a world be**er (besides that Merlin engine)?

The interesting question today is not whether the Mustang was fast, but why

Here's some more background about the events behind the new movie Devotion.
11/23/2022
Rescuing the Frozen Chosen

Here's some more background about the events behind the new movie Devotion.

On December 4, 1950, Jesse Brown crashed-landed in Korea after his Corsair was disabled by ground fire. Tom Hudner, his wingman, intentionally crash-landed his own aircraft in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue Brown, who ultimately died of his injuries. Hudner was later awarded the Medal of Honor fo...

World War II in the Pacific was a fight to seize and defend airfields. The Japanese made gaining and maintaining control...
11/23/2022
Japan's Fatally Flawed Air Forces in World War II

World War II in the Pacific was a fight to seize and defend airfields. The Japanese made gaining and maintaining control of the air as much a requirement.

World War II in the Pacific was a fight to seize and defend airfields. The Japanese made gaining and maintaining control of the air as much a requirement

The movie Devotion, which opens today, tells the story of Jesse Brown, the first African American Naval aviator. Here's ...
11/23/2022
Jesse L. Brown: The U.S. Navy's First Black Aviator

The movie Devotion, which opens today, tells the story of Jesse Brown, the first African American Naval aviator. Here's some background about Brown.

The son of a sharecropper, Mississippi-born Jesse Leroy Brown would do whatever it took to become a pilot and break the navy's color barrier.

From TV Guide, March 6, 1966. Anyone remember watching this program?
11/23/2022

From TV Guide, March 6, 1966. Anyone remember watching this program?

As Brig. Gen. William Mitchell faced court-martial charges in 1925, the Kansas City Star described him as 'a zealot, a f...
11/21/2022
William 'Billy' Mitchell: Air Power Visionary

As Brig. Gen. William Mitchell faced court-martial charges in 1925, the Kansas City Star described him as 'a zealot, a fanatic, a one-idea man...' but added that someday his dream might come true.

Led by pioneering balloonist Thaddeus Lowe, daredevil aeronauts on both sides of the war took to the skies in flimsy bal...
11/21/2022
Gas Balloons: View From Above the Civil War Battlefield

Led by pioneering balloonist Thaddeus Lowe, daredevil aeronauts on both sides of the war took to the skies in flimsy balloons to eyeball their opponents' every move. Soldiers on the ground often did not take kindly to the unwanted attention.

On April 1, 1915, Roland Garros took off in a Morane-Saulnier L from an airfield in northern France, planning to play an...
11/19/2022
Giving the Machine Gun Wings

On April 1, 1915, Roland Garros took off in a Morane-Saulnier L from an airfield in northern France, planning to play an April Fool’s Day trick on the Germans.

As Lieutenant Zenji Abe left the deck of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi and approached Pearl Harbor in his Aichi di...
11/18/2022
Lieutenant Zenji Abe: A Japanese Pilot Remembers

As Lieutenant Zenji Abe left the deck of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi and approached Pearl Harbor in his Aichi dive bomber, he recalled that everything was proceeding "just like an exercise."

As Lieutenant Zenji Abe left the deck of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi and approached Pearl Harbor in his Aichi dive bomber, he recalled that everything was proceeding 'just like an exercise.'

In May 1941, British forces were fighting to keep Iraq in Allied hands — a struggle that belatedly involved German and I...
11/18/2022
Air War Over Iraq: 1941

In May 1941, British forces were fighting to keep Iraq in Allied hands — a struggle that belatedly involved German and Italian aircraft as well.

In May 1941, British forces were fighting to keep Iraq in Allied hands -- a struggle that belatedly involved German and Italian aircraft as well.

He was called America’s Ace of Aces during World War I, the highest scorer of American aerial victories over the Germans...
11/18/2022
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker: America's World War I Ace of Aces

He was called America’s Ace of Aces during World War I, the highest scorer of American aerial victories over the Germans. He could just as easily have been labeled the ‘luckiest man alive,’ however, since he survived — by his own count — 135 brushes with death during his exciting lifetime.

When America's WWI Ace of Aces Edward Rickenbacker became president of Eastern Air Lines, he said: 'I will always keep in mind that I am in the greatest business in the world ... and I can serve humanity more completely in my line of endeavor than in any other.'

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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?
Expected To Boost Future Growth Of Aircraft Landing Gear Industry.
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.
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