History In The Headlines

Category: Airplanes

The Winnie Mae on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.

Wiley Post Makes History

Eighty years ago, American aviator Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the globe.

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English Channel Yields Rare World War II Find

A British museum has recovered the wreckage of a Luftwaffe plane shot down during the Battle of Britain.

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U.S. Military Launches Search for Missing WWII Soldiers in Myanmar

A team of U.S. military investigators will soon head to Myanmar in hopes of recovering the remains of American servicemen lost during World War II.

Rudolf Anderson

The Cuban Missile Crisis Pilot Whose Death May Have Saved Millions

Fifty years ago, U-2 pilot Rudolf Anderson Jr. was shot down during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His death may have saved the lives of millions.

Lancaster Bomber

Lost World War II Bomber Crew Found After 69 Years

More than 69 years after they crashed in Germany, the remains of five British airmen have been recovered and will receive a proper burial.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart’s Historic Landing, 80 Years Ago

Five years after Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 transatlantic solo flight, Amelia Earhart became the second person and first woman to accomplish the feat.

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Missing World War II Ace Located After 71 Years

British researchers have found the final resting place of Derek Allen, a Royal Air Force pilot who went missing in 1940.

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Last of Polish Pilots Who Defended England During Battle of Britain Dies

A World War II flier thought to have been the last surviving Polish veteran of the Battle of Britain died last week at 97.

U-2 Spy Plane

U-2 Spy Plane’s Retirement Signals the End of an Era

After more than 50 years gathering intelligence 13 miles in the air, the high-altitude aircraft will be phased out by 2015.

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Amazing Rescues

These incredible rescue operations saved lives, brought together communities and captivated millions of well-wishers around the world.