The last KC-135R Stratotanker flown by Brad Mordan as an Air Force pilot sits on the ramp at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. 

Old Men, Older Airplanes

In fine Air Force tradition, a retiring buddy makes his “fini flight.”

Our A-10, cleared for takeoff.

Embrace the Crashing

R/C airplanes can teach a valuable lesson: learn from your mistakes.

The formal surrender of Japan onboard the USS Missouri, September 2, 1945.

Among the Ghosts at Pearl Harbor, 70 Years After V-J Day

A visit to where America’s World War II began, and ended.

Airline Merger Wars

The battle for the soul of an airline

The U.S. Air Force Academy chapel is a modernist tribute to both aircraft design and the Colorado mountains.

“Re-Blued” at the U.S. Air Force Academy

A quick, inspiring visit to the Academy’s campus in Colorado Springs

The C-5 Galaxy entered service in 1969 and remains the US Air Force’s largest airlifter. New modified versions, known as the C-5M, boast more reliable commercial engines and modern glass cockpits.

A Tour of the Boneyard

The aircraft retirement home in Arizona is well worth a visit.

A Polish air force MiG-29 rests in the shadows.This year the Polish air force is upgrading the avionics in half of its 31 MiG‑29s.

The Truth About the MiG-29

How U.S. intelligence services solved the mystery of a cold war killer.

A Hawker Jet Provost and a Lockheed F-94 Starfire at Pima.

The Dusty Gems of Pima

Tucson’s famous air and space museum was well worth a stop on my western tour.

The strategies of Eddie Rickenbacker’s era live on today with pilots flying F-22 Raptors in the 94th Fighter Squadron.

The Fighter Pilot’s Survival Guide

Today’s manual of fighter tactics was written 100 years ago, in World War I.

A memorial to the American Volunteer Group, better known as the Flying Tigers

Memorial Park: A Walk Through History

On the way from the parking lot at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, take a detour and honor some brave veterans


Roadside Aviation

Forget the Quilting Hall of Fame. Plan that next road trip around some aviation pit stops.


In 1962 Cuba, MiG Pilots Posed as Tractor Operators

In the tense days before the U.S.-Soviet missile crisis, secrecy was everything.


The Wing is the Thing

How to keep our balsa wood airplane from being nose- or tail-heavy requires some careful planning


Ospreys on the South Lawn

The tiltrotor begins White House duty


Tales from an Aircraft Dispatcher

A simple spiral notebook brings back my father's career with the airlines


Eager Eagles

The Bonanza could only take three passengers at a time, so the kids discussed who would go first with all the seriousness of the U.N. debating a resolution


Rare WWII Bomber Raised from English Channel

After more than 70 years, a Dornier 17 is on dry land again


Germany Gets Prettier

The last A-10 "Warthog" permanently stationed in Europe recently packed up and flew home.


A New Dawn, Partially Realized

In 1969, Pan Am was promising both the jumbo jet and the SST. In the end, we only got one of them


In the Age of Stratojets

A former B-47 crew chief looks back at one of the great airplanes of the 20th century

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