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Article: Sky King, Roy And The Gang

It doesn't seem that long ago that more than just the TV was black-and-white.

Also labeled: Pilot Talk

Article: Flight Of Passage 2

In 1966, teenage brothers Rinker and Kernahan Buck bought an old Piper PA-11 Cub for $300, rebuilt it in their parents' barn in New Jersey, then flew it across the United States in a near-mythic odyssey.

Article: Aviation Career Update 2014

Pilot careers are nothing if not tumultuous. Right now, we're in uncharted territory, as regional airlines are experiencing the worst pilot shortage since regional service in the 1950s.

Article: An Osh For The Ages

The USAF Thunderbirds made their debut Oshkosh appearance, and night air shows kept the wow factor high after dark.

Article: 20 Things You Never Knew About Your Airplane (Or Someone Else’s)

Beech Barons have always been among the best-handling twins in the sky, but they did have a curious anomaly.

Also labeled: Aircraft, Features

Article: Ghosts In The Machine

You can feel the history in these aircraft just by walking up to them.

Article: In The Belly Of A Legend

It was almost surreal standing on the ramp and realizing that the flight I had just finished began two years before it finally happened. ...

Article: At Home With Bob Hoover

It's not often you get to meet a legend. ...

Article: 10 Flying Techniques From Great Aviators

One of the great joys of this job is that I've been allowed to interview and get to know some of the most interesting pilots in aviation.

Article: Reno Air Races 2012

Early Monday morning under gorgeous Nevada skies, the dark cloud was blown away over the Reno Air Races as the Formula One Class took to the skies. ...

Article: Golden Angel

There's only one Cub, just as there's only one Wright Flyer, Joe DiMaggio or Golden Gate Bridge.

Article: Airline Pilots: Coming Up Short

If you ask the average high-school student today about working as an airline pilot, you might get more questions than answers.

Article: Oshkosh 2012: Airborne Excitement

Sixty years and half-a-million airplane lovers per year can't be wrong.

Article: Lindbergh Inspiration

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew The Spirit of St Louis from New York to Paris non-stop, defining exploration for the 20th century. ...

Article: 70th Doolittle Raiders Reunion

The USS Hornet's radio operator intercepted a message in Japanese at 07:45; its origins were close. Just earlier, SBD Dauntless aircraft that had launched off the USS Enterprise had spotted a small Japanese fishing vessel, and then later flew...

Article: Visiting America Airport By Airport

My flight student Matt Rickman and I departed Southern California for Illinois at the end of June, just as summer thunderstorms began to pummel the Midwest. ...

Article: When Airplanes Collide: Avoiding The Unexpected

It’s ironic that most general aviation pilots consider a possible engine failure as their greatest fear.

Article: 30 Ways To Make Your Pilot Certificate Sizzle

I’m still amazed when I land. I sometimes sit in the cockpit, as the gyros wind down and the prop clicks to a stop, and wonder at the magic of it all. ...

Article: Piper Cub Heaven

On an overcast, humid June day, I top a high dike built to prevent the Susquehanna River from flooding William T. Piper Memorial airport.

Article: Launchpad Patrol

There appears to be a bank of sea fog rolling in off the Atlantic as we're cleared for a predawn takeoff on runway 09 at Titusville's Space Coast Executive Airport in Florida.

Article: A New Era Dawns: Electric Flight

Fantasy time: A shadow flashes across you as you walk toward the airport cafe.

Article: How Well Do You Know Your Airliners?

Determining aircraft types isn't as easy as it used to be, when seeing a hump on the front meant it was a 747, and three tail-mounted engines indicated you were in for a noisy 727 departure.

Article: Robinson In The New Era

In American Indian lore, the coyote is a mythic totem, known variously as the prairie wolf, God’s dog and the trickster.

Article: Pilot Outlook 2010-2029: A Shortage Looms

Like the pendulum on a giant grandfather clock, the availability of aviation jobs goes back and forth in giant, lazy swings.

Article: Sebring 2011: Rays Of Hope Ahead?

The year’s first major aviation show, Florida’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, went off swimmingly, if a mite frigidly in January, with good attendance, thanks to show organizer Bob Woods and his friendly volunteers.

Article: Making History

Sixty miles northeast of Los Angeles, restricted airspaces R-2508 and R-2515 cover Rosamond Dry Lake, home of Edwards Air Force Base.

Article: The Last Time

Number One’s three-blade prop begins to turn-cough-turn. The engine whines, whines, then belches out clots of smoke as the big Wright Cyclone thunders to life. Joe Colmer, 93, feels the rumble through the metal seat.

Article: Gathering Of Mustangs

It’s perhaps the most iconic military airplane in t...

Article: Mar-Apr 2004 On The Radar

What began only a...

Article: 60 Years After

Paul Tibbets joined the Army Air Corps at ...