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Whether you're flying to one of your favorite vacation spots, or to a remote airstrip high in the mountains, aviation travel is an experience unto itself. Browse our aviation travel section and capture the atmosphere of adventure flying.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Trans-Africa Adventure

Part I: Southbound—From London to Cape Town in a Robinson R44

Trans-Africa AdventureLast summer, I was sitting on a beach thinking about my upcoming 50th birthday.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bahamas 101: Recipe For Paradise

Flying to the Bahamas is the stuff of dreams and is within the reach of nearly any pilot and aircraft

Bahamas 101: Recipe For ParadiseWe're skimming low over the Atlantic Ocean, some 80 miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale. Below us is a giant marble—brilliant glass with swirls of every shade of blue and green you can imagine, and flattened so it stretches as far as the eye can see.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fly The Bahamas!

Fly The Bahamas!There are few places that go better with flying than the beautiful islands of The Bahamas.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

100 Years Of Naval Aviation

Part I: The West Coast’s only strike-fighter wing, Naval Air Station Lemoore, trains F/A-18 pilots for the runway at sea

100 Years Of Naval AviationHe did so in a 60 hp Curtiss Model D, which was constructed from spruce, bamboo and doped linen, and had a maximum speed of 43 knots.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

30 Ways To Make Your Pilot Certificate Sizzle

Stretch your wings with these ideas to put excitement and challenge into your flying

30 Ways To Make Your Pilot Certificate SizzleI’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.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Piper Cub Heaven

Sentimental Journey 2011 at Lock Haven, Pa., where it all began

Piper Cub HeavenOn an overcast, humid June day, I top a high dike built to prevent the Susquehanna River from flooding William T. Piper Memorial airport.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Backcountry Odyssey

A group of Husky Aircraft takes on the rugged Teton Mountains

Backcountry OdysseyWe're threading our way through the majestic Teton Pass—a flight of four Aviat Husky aircraft and a pristine, Yakovlev Yak-52
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Launchpad Patrol

A one-of-a-kind perspective on NASA’s shuttle missions

Launchpad PatrolThere 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.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Journey Or The Destination?

A cross-country adventure to Central America

The Journey Or The Destination?Air shows are magnificent aerial productions. Performers travel from far to put on a display of skill, showmanship and passion for aviation.
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Storm Shuts Down Sun ‘N Fun

Harsh weather destroys aircraft on display

Storm Shuts Down Sun ‘N FunMassive rain and strong winds wreaked havoc on Sun ‘n Fun Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. The storm passed quickly, but not before causing major damage to aircraft and event exhibits.
Monday, March 28, 2011

The Making Of A Photo Flight

Go behind the scenes on an air-to-air photo shoot of the new Found Expedition Bigfoot.

The Making Of A Photo FlightJoin the Plane & Pilot team for a behind the scenes look at putting together an air-to-air photo flight.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Making History

Edwards AFB opens up their restricted airspace for a first-ever Lakebed Fly-in

Making HistorySixty miles northeast of Los Angeles, restricted airspaces R-2508 and R-2515 cover Rosamond Dry Lake, home of Edwards Air Force Base.
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Air-to-Air Photo Flight

Air-to-Air Photo FlightGo behind the scenes on an air-to-air photo mission!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Last Time

Half of the DC-3s in America celebrate the Gooney Bird’s 75th

The Last TimeNumber 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.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010


SnowbirdsThe Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team performs at the 2010 Reno Air Races.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hoot Gibson in the Pits!

Hoot Gibson in the Pits!Astronaut and Reno racer Robert “Hoot” Gibson takes Plane & Pilot on an exclusive tour of the Unlimited Pits at the 2010 Reno Air Races.
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Voodoo Mayday!

Voodoo Mayday!After losing the engine in Voodoo, a P-51D Mustang, racer Will Whiteside makes a safe landing on Stead Field’s Runway 14.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Relentless Loses Prop!

Relentless Loses Prop!When the propeller departed his Relentless 42 race plane, pilot Kevin Eldredge kept his cool and landed safely.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

We Fly The Space Shuttle (Simulator, That Is)

What’s it like to reenter the atmosphere from Earth’s orbit?

We Fly The Space Shuttle (Simulator, That Is)I always seem to be in the wrong time warp. I was born too late to fly fighters in WWII and too late for the space program.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rookies of Reno

So you want to race around the pylons? Here’s a look at what it takes.

Rookies of RenoThe Reno Air Races are unlike any other contest in the world.