Aviation's Living History: April Issue

Martha’s Vineyard’s Workin’ Wacos

The Boy Next Door Goes to War

Mission into Darkness

World War II Trainers – The Ace Makers

My Target is What?! Embarrassing Non-shootdowns

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Secret A-12 Footage Released

Secret A-12 Footage Released

Check out this historical video detailing the development and deployment of the A-12 photo reconnaissance aircraft — the world’s highest and fastest flying manned aircraft — in the 1960s.
Birth of a Legend: B-25 Mitchell

Birth of a Legend: B-25 Mitchell

On April 11, 1939 the North American NA-40B, NX14221, took off from Wright Field in Ohio to undertake a series of engine-out tests. During one of those tests the pilot lost control of the aircraft and it augured in. The aircraft was consumed by the subsequent fire, but the crew escaped serious injury. As a […]

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On this Day: The Last Peacemaker

On this Day: The Last Peacemaker

On 12 February 1959, after 4 years, 5 months, 30 days service, the Air Force returned the Convair B-36J-75-CF Peacemaker bomber, serial number 52-2827, to Fort Worth. #52-2827 departed Biggs Air Force Base at 11:00 a.m., under the command of Major Frederick J. Winter. Other pilots were Colonel Gerald M. Robinson, commanding the 95th Wing, […]
On this Day: XB-70 Valkyrie

On this Day: XB-70 Valkyrie

4 February 1969: The North American Aviation XB-70A-1-NA Valkyrie, 62-0001, made its very last flight from Edwards Air Force Base, California, to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. NASA Research Test Pilot Fitzhugh L. Fulton, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired), and Lieutenant Colonel Emil Sturmthal, U.S. Air Force, were the flight crew for this […]

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Fairey Swordfish Restoration [VIDEO]

Fairey Swordfish Restoration [VIDEO]

This is the story of the marathon 26 month restoration of the world’s oldest flying Fairey Swordfish, W5856, filmed at the Brough factory by British Aerospace in the ’90’s. What an extraordinary aircraft the Fairey Swordfish turned out to be. Born at the end of the biplane era, this was an aircraft totally unsuited to […]
The Grumman F3F: The Last Biplane Fighter

The Grumman F3F: The Last Biplane Fighter

The Grumman F3F was the last American biplane fighter aircraft developed for the United States Navy (actually, the last biplane fighter delivered to any American military air service), and it served between the wars. Designed as an improvement on the single-seat F2F, it entered service in 1936 and was retired from front line squadrons at […]

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On this Day, Remembering Apollo!

On this Day, Remembering Apollo!

Apollo 1, initially designated AS-204, was the first crewed mission of the United States Apollo program, the undertaking to land the first men on the Moon. Planned as the first low Earth orbital test of the Apollo command and service module, to launch on February 21, 1967, the mission never flew! A cabin fire during […]
69 Years Ago Today – Douglas F4D Skyray

69 Years Ago Today – Douglas F4D Skyray

First flown on January 23, 1951, the Douglas F4D Skyray was an American carrier-based fighter/interceptor built by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Although it never entered combat, it was the first carrier-launched aircraft to hold the world’s absolute speed record, at 752.943 mph, and was the first US Navy and US Marine Corps fighter to exceed […]

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The Sea Gives Up Its Treasure – P-38 Lightning

The Sea Gives Up Its Treasure – P-38 Lightning

It laid buried under the sands and waves since it crashed off the coast of Wales in 1942. Then, 65 years later in 2007, after a storm, shifting waters displaced the sand to reveal a P-38 Lightning fighter to the amazement of aviation buffs around the world. The photographs show how the previously undetected twin […]
Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe will take place on May 8, 2020. The Arsenal of Democracy program is a massive undertaking lead by several organizations including the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). A full week of events and programs will occur in and […]
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