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Taylor Downing and Andrew Johnston seek the truth behind the legend of the Spitfire.

Hal Wert tells the story of the two Lithuanian-American aviators, Steponas Darius and Stanley Girenas, whose attempt to bring honour to the land of their birth ended tragically in July 1933.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

The great military institution took flight on April 13th, 1912.

Volume: 62 Issue: 4 2012

Jad Adams looks back to a time when, wracked by industrial decline, a nation embraced the world’s first supersonic airliner.

Volume: 61 Issue: 12 2011

John Swinfield describes the bizarre politics behind the British government’s attempt to launch a pair of airships in the 1920s and how a project that might have boosted national pride ended in tragedy and failure.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

John Etty shows the vital importance of aviation in the Stalinist Soviet Union.

Issue: 67 2010

Patricia Cleveland-Peck visits Tempelhof Airport in Berlin.

Volume: 58 Issue: 10 2008

Glen Jeansonne and David Luhrssen describe how the pioneer aviator Charles Lindbergh was increasingly disturbed by the tension between technology and its impact on the environment. In his later career, in the 1960s, Lindbergh became a spokesman for the embryonic environmental movement as they describe here.

Volume: 58 Issue: 1 2008

Bernhard Rieger looks at a lavish book on planes from after the First World War to the 1950s.


Colin Cook looks at the political, philosophical and cultural impact of the idea of aviation in the first half of the 20th century.

Volume: 53 Issue: 12 2003

The American aviator was born on February 4th, 1902.

Volume: 52 Issue: 2 2002

A.D. Harvey assesses the role of the Soviet Air Force in the defeat of Nazism.

Volume: 52 Issue: 1 2002

Taylor Downing and Andrew Johnston seek the truth behind the legend of the Spitfire.

Volume: 50 Issue: 9 2000

Michael Paris looks at pioneering 1920s film about war in the air over the Western Front, the passions it aroused and the genre it created.

Volume: 45 Issue: 7 1995

In the years after the First World War, aviation became the most exciting form of transport, the spirit of a new age; but for French women, as Sian Reynolds explains, it was also a paradigm of their struggle for equality.

Volume: 39 Issue: 4 1989

D.L.B. Hartley describes the background to a postwar transatlantic aviation competition, famously won by Alcock and Brown’s Vickers Vimy aeroplane.

Volume: 29 Issue: 7 1979

B.J. Haimes describes how, on July 6th, 1919, a British airship, the R34, raised the possibility of transatlantic travel by dirigible.

Volume: 29 Issue: 7 1979

Terence McLaughlin describes aeronautical experiments from gliders to powered machines.

Volume: 28 Issue: 2 1978

Count Zeppelin and his successors in Germany and Britain backed an invention that failed; but David Sawers describes how, during its lifetime, the airship attracted the enthusiasm of many aeronautical engineers.

Volume: 13 Issue: 11 1963

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