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Aviation History

Aviation History November 2018

Aviation History Magazine is an authoritative, in-depth history of world aviation from its origins to the Space Age. Aviation History offers air enthusiasts the most detailed coverage of the history of manned flight, with action-packed stories and illustrations that put the reader in the cockpit with pilots and military (army, navy, and marine)aviators to experience aviation’s greatest dramas.

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1 min.
aviation history online

You’ll find much more from Aviation History on the web’s leading history resource: HistoryNet.com DEATH BY P-38 It seemed a suicide mission: Fly 400 miles by dead reckoning over open ocean and under radar while evading Japanese fighters to intercept a Mitsubishi G4M1 “Betty” carrying Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. But the 16 P-38 pilots charged with shooting down the Pearl Harbor mastermind pulled it off. INTERVIEW WITH ADOLF GALLAND Luftwaffe fighter general Adolf Galland shares his memories of the war, Hitler, his arch-nemesis Hermann Göring, his lost brothers and the plane crash that almost killed him. FIRST BLOOD IN KOREAN SKIES On June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded the South. The situation on the ground looked grim, but U.S. F-82 Twin Mustang fighters stepped up in the first air battles of…

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My CAP pride carried to the next generation when my son joined the Ohio Wing at 12 years old. After earning the Mitchell Award, he joined the Ohio Air National Guard scholarship program and served through college. He became a Marine Corps officer after graduation, but his love for aviation never waned. He finally earned his naval flight officer wings just in time for the Gulf War’s “Desert Storm.” While flying his OV-10A Bronco on the first day of the ground war, he was hit by an Iraqi SAM and shot down. He did not survive and became the only Marine air wing casualty of the war. A memorial is kept in his honor in the CAP squadron room at Don Scott Field in Worthington, Ohio. The enclosed pictures show…

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cap father and son

I enjoyed the Civil Air Patrol article [“CAP’s Civilian Combat Pilots,” July] and it recalled the period when I was a young cadet in the Meriden Squadron, Connecticut Wing, in 1948 through 1953. My three encampments and training at Westover AFB more than prepared me for my eventual entry into the Air Force with my immediate first stripe. It was interesting to note in the photo on page 52 that the cadets studying maps are wearing Connecticut Wing shoulder patches. I can thank CAP for the prime motivation to obtain my private pilot certificate and enjoy the thrills and satisfaction of aviation activities for a lifetime.…

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first u.s. airmail flight commemorated

May 15 marked the centennial of the first U.S. government–sponsored airmail flight, when Army airmen flew a Curtiss JN-4H from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City. (The Army transferred responsibility for airmail service to the Post Office Department on August 12.) To celebrate the centennial, three Stearman Speedmail biplanes—a Model 4DM-1 owned by Addison Pemberton and two Model 4EM-1s owned by Jeff Hamilton and Ben Scott—flew Contract Air Mail Route 8 up the Pacific coast from San Diego to Seattle. CAM 8, established by Pacific Air Transport in emulation of the original East Coast route, was first flown in a Ryan monoplane on September 15, 1926. Between May 13 and 18, the Speedmails covered the route’s original 1,200 miles with 11 stops along the way: Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno,…

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newest young globe-girdler

It began when Texas native Logan Tinley, a 19-year-old sophomore at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee who had qualified as a pilot a year earlier, learned that 8-year-old Ethan Lassiter had a rare pediatric brain tumor. “We’d been good family friends with the Lassiters and I’d known Ethan since he was basically a baby,” Tinley said. “I remember thinking about anything I can possibly do to help and I thought, ‘Well, I fly planes, what could I possibly do with that?’” What Tinley did was found the Ascending Frontiers Pediatric Center Foundation and, to raise funds for it, he set out to fly around the world. Departing Fort Worth Meacham Airport in his Mooney M-20R Ovation on June 1, he flew a series of legs up the West Coast to Alaska, and…

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weather cuts air race classic short

The 42nd annual Air Race Classic turned into a race against stormy weather as much as a competition among women pilots. What was meant to be a contest across 2,656 miles—during which teams compete to achieve the best score against a benchmark speed for their specific aircraft calculated after a three-day cross-country course—was shortened by organizers to 900 miles due to dangerous storms between Sweetwater, Texas, and Fryeburg, Maine. The winners this year were two first-time participants, Nashville Flight Training team members Mariah Ferber and Paige Kessler, piloting a 1998 Cessna 172R. They earned a top score of 11.197 points, finishing with an elapsed time of 5 hours, 50 minutes and 24 seconds. This year’s competition was hosted by the Maine and New Hampshire chapter of The Ninety-Nines, the international organization of…