Aviation History

Find here all articles related to Aviation History, ranging from World War I to Vietnam War. Learn more about various aircraft types, incredible stories about planes and its pilots and much more…

Brewster F2A-3 preparing for take-off at MCAS Ewa early 1942

History of Brewster Buffalo F2A-3 BuNo 01542 MF-12

The Brewster Buffalo F2A-3 was an “improved” version of the F2A-2 and 108 were built. The F2A-3s were conceived as a long range reconnaissance fighter with a new wet wing with self-sealing features and a larger 80 gal fuselage fuel tank. The increased fuel capacity and protection also increased the aircraft’s weight by more than …

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The Central Air Force Museum in Monino, Moscow (Part 2)

The Central Air Force Museum first opened in 1960, on the Monino Air Force base close to Moscow, with a collection of 14 aircraft. Today, the Central Air Force Museum has more than 170 aircraft, together with some other exhibits on display in the museum buildings, making it one of the largest aviation museum in …

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The Central Air Force Museum in Monino, Moscow

The Central Air Force Museum first opened in 1960, on the Monino Air Force base close to Moscow, with a collection of 14 aircraft. Today, the Central Air Force Museum has more than 170 aircraft, together with some other exhibits on display in the museum buildings, making it one of the largest aviation museum in …

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Discovery at Steven-F-Udvar-Hazy-Center

Experience the History of Wartime Aviation at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is a gigantic display of aeronautics and aerospace from over 100 years of flight. You can experience beautifully restored airplanes from every era of flight, learn about the way planes have changed throughout the years, and how they assisted in all of the wars America has been a part of …

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The B-25D-5 "Elusive Lizzie/Miss America". (Credits: Rod Pearce)

The Sad Story of B-25 “Miss America” and her crew

Built by North American as a model D-5 and initially nicknamed “Elusive Lizzie” she was later renamed “Miss America” (before both nicknames were then covered by 38th Bombardment Group’s Green Dagon nose-art insignia). On August 5, 1943 B-25 “Miss America” (Serial no. 41-30118), assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron, …

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World War II Wreck of the “Hawk of Kastellorizo”

The experienced technical scuba diver Asım Karsçakar from Turkey made some very interesting underwater photographs of an Italian World War II bomber SM-79 “Sparviero” (“Hawk”). “I dived this aircraft back in 1990 to 1992 and had the opportunity to take some photos and contact the Italian authorities regarding the identity of the aircraft”, Karsçakar said. The …

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