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  • The Towering Figures of Aviation History

    Hopping onto a plane and criss-crossing the continents is a straightforward affair. But behind the comfortably furnished fuselages and complimentary nuts lies an inspirational history full of pioneering people, machines, achievements, and breakthrough...
    By Paul Arnold October 16, 2011 

  • Put Your Knowledge of Aviation History to theTest

    The history of aviation is filled with important and exciting milestones. Some are well known, others a little more esoteric, but all are fascinating. Find out what you know of aviation history with this Aviation History quiz.
    By George Adcock October 12, 2011 

  • A Guide to Military Aviation Through the Years

    Aircraft has long been used in the military, even prior to WWI. First uses included scouting and occasional bombings. Then fighter planes were developed, leading to today’s advanced fighter jets. Explore the fascinating history of military aviation...
    By Carly Stockwell August 31, 2011 


  • History of the C-40 Aircraft

    The military has the tendency to use its cargo and passenger aircraft for long periods of time. However, by the 1990s, it was apparent that its previous workhorse, the C-9 Skytrain II, was in need of replacement. Enter the Boeing 737 as the Clipper.
    By Jason C. Chavis August 25, 2011 

  • The Famous Spruce Goose Airplane

    The largest aircraft ever built, the Spruce Goose airplane, was built by Howard Hughes during and just after WWII. It sealed its place in history with a one-time flight.
    By Tim Plaehn August 25, 2011 

  • All About the Curtiss Airplane

    As one of the oldest manufacturers of aircraft in the world, the company that produced the Curtiss airplane designs achieved the height of its success during both World Wars. Among the most famous models from Curtiss are the famous barnstormer The Jenny...
    By Jason C. Chavis August 25, 2011 


  • Camouflage and Paint on World War II Airplanes

    Though camouflage had been experimented with in World War I, it wasn’t until the Second World War that it came into its own. In World War II colors were used on aircraft for identification as well as camouflage. All parties in both the Axis and...
    By johnsinit July 28, 2011 

  • Overview of the French Dassault Rafale

    The Dassault Rafale is a generation 4.5 fighter currently operated by the French Air Force and French Navy. A successor to the highly acclaimed Mirage series, the Rafale is meant to replace almost every other combat airframe design currently in French...
    By AMT July 26, 2011 

  • History of the Sopwith Camel

    The Sopwith Camel may be the most famous airplane of WWI. It was dangerous to enemy pilots and almost equally dangerous to pilots learning to fly the maneuverable but quirky Camel.
    By Tim Plaehn June 29, 2011 

  • What Destroyed the Hindenburg? Theories and Myths

    Seared into the memory of countless people, the destruction of the Hindenburg was one of the first tragedies recorded and viewed worldwide. While many of the Hindenburg disaster myths were debunked over the years, with this exposure came a long series...
    By Jason C. Chavis June 28, 2011 
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