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Some went west. This is the story of the ones who went east.
September 2003 | By Anatoly Zak
"Uh oh. Why is this piston rod left over?" Meet the pilots who are gutsy enough to fly freshly restored airplanes.
July 2003 | By Mark Huber
Fifty years ago, North Korea's secret allies plotted to heist from the United States a North American F-86.
July 2003 | By Ralph Wetterhahn
The astronaut who commanded the first shuttle flight after Challenger explains his decision.
July 2003 | By Richard Hauck
No airplane in the world could outshine Howard Hughes' H-1 Racer--until Jim Wright built a copy of it.
May 2003 | By Preston Lerner
To understand the brothers, one historian found that what you know is less important than who you know.
March 2003 | By Tom D. Crouch
How the 1903 Flyer got where it is today.
March 2003 | By Peter L. Jakab
Find out why the world's first controllable airplane was a bear to control.
March 2003 | By Phaedra Hise
The airplane debuted to rave reviews.
March 2003 | By Mary Collins
When a private collection of Wright Company papers went public, we discovered that many of our notions about the Wrights' business practices were wrong.
March 2003 | By Douglas Gantenbein
Machines alone could not have pushed the airplane forward.
March 2003 | By Patricia Trenner
You wouldn't have wanted to be along on most of them.
March 2003 | By Perry Turner
Building a replica of the first airplane requires a certain resourcefulness. Anybody got any horsehide glue?
January 2003 | By Phaedra Hise
There's a lot more to the F4U than its past association with black sheep.
January 2003 | By Larry Lowe
All the nail biting, second guessing, and sheer engineering brilliance in the battle to build the better Joint Strike Fighter.
January 2003 | By Evan Hadingham
My climb to the top in the F-104.
November 2002 | By George J. Marrett
November 2002 | By Stuart Nixon
A former South Vietnamese Air Force commander shares his military experiences in a new book.
September 2002 | By Nguyen Cao Ky
Richard Whitcomb changed the shape of wings to come.
July 2002 | By Peter Garrison
An accident blamed on the catch-all "pilot error" could have a single preventable cause.
July 2002 | By Stephan Wilkinson