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Aviation travel articles capture the magic of piloting a plane to your destination. Whether it's a trip close to home or to a far corner of the globe, our aviation travel articles always offer a unique perspective.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Visiting America Airport By Airport


A journey through the Midwest in a Pitts Special



Visiting America Airport By AirportMy 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.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Live With Your Airplane


An overview of residential airparks and fly-in communities



Live With Your AirplaneThere's nothing like being able to walk out your back door to your hangar and into your airplane," says Spruce Creek, Fla., resident Jack Hirn, summing up the number-one reason that the residential airpark lifestyle captivates pilots of every stripe.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Amelia Earhart: A Modern Adventure


Seventy-five years on, a modern-day Earhart retraces the footsteps of a legend



Amelia Earhart: A Modern AdventureThis contemporary Earhart is re-creating one of the legendary aviatrix's flights: the leg from Oakland, Calif., to Miami, Fla., where she announced her ill-fated, round-the-world attempt in 1937.
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.
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

Snowbirds




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.