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Category: Aviation

Students walk past a mural dedicated to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (Credit: Ted Aljibe/Getty Images)

History’s Missing Passenger Flights

As the search for a missing Malaysian airliner continues, look back at six other times when passenger flights mysteriously vanished over water.

Painting of Wright Brothers' first flight on December 17, 1903.

10 Things You May Not Know About the Wright Brothers

On the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight, find out 10 things you may not know about the aviation pioneers.

Bernard Dacre on the island of St.-Pierre (Credit: Getty Images)

The Hunt for L’Oiseau Blanc

In the search for one of the most famous missing planes in history, all signs point to a tiny, remote island off the coast of Newfoundland.

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In Connecticut, Wright Brothers No Longer “First in Flight”

The Connecticut Senate has passed legislation effectively stripping Wilbur and Orville Wright of recognition for the first powered flight in history.

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Joe Kittinger’s Death-Defying Leap From the Edge of Space

Over 50 years ago, Joe Kittinger rode a balloon 102,800 feet up to the edge of space. Then he jumped out.

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What Happened to Amelia?: 9 Tantalizing Theories About the Earhart Disappearance

On the 75th anniversary of her disappearance, explore theories about Amelia Earhart’s final days—some more plausible than others.

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Amelia Earhart’s Navigator: The Life and Loss of Fred Noonan

Forever remembered as “Amelia Earhart’s navigator,” Fred Noonan disappeared with the famous aviator 75 years ago on July 2, 1937.

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The Akutan Zero: How a Captured Japanese Fighter Plane Helped Win World War II

While the Battle of Midway raged, Allied fighters in the Aleutian Islands quietly captured a Japanese fighter plane that helped them win World War II.

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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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The Hindenburg Disaster: 9 Surprising Facts

On the 75th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster, explore nine surprising facts about the massive German airship and its fiery demise.

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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.

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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.