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Rare Boeing 247 makes last flight

Article | Apr 28, 2016

A fully restored Boeing 247D has returned to the airport where it was built to go on display at Seattle's Museum of Flight. It made its last flight from Seattle's Paine Field to Boeing Field April 26.

First Air Force One flies again

Article | Mar 24, 2016

A Lockheed Constellation named “Columbine II,” the first aircraft to fly as Air Force One, arrived in Virginia March 23 under its own power.

Westbound in grand style

Article | Feb 23, 2016

A retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who flew the L-19 Bird Dog in Vietnam has new mission: honoring the departed with a unique departure.

Warbird community mourns two

Article | Feb 08, 2016

Jeff Pino, who led Sikorsky from 2006 to 2012, and Nicholas Tramontano, also a warbird owner and pilot, had departed Stellar Airpark in Chandler, Arizona, for a sightseeing flight Feb. 5 in Pino's vintage P-51 Mustang, which crashed and burned for unknown reasons.

Budget-friendly aviation gift guide

Article | Nov 18, 2015

The holiday season is here, and there are a variety of aviation-oriented gifts to keep pilots happy and safe without breaking the budget of friends, loved ones, or fellow pilots.

Pelton named EAA CEO

Article | Nov 11, 2015

Jack Pelton has been named CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association, after serving for three years as its volunteer chairman.

Letters From Our October Issue

Pilot Magazine | Nov 10, 2015

Have complicated modern avionics affected airmanship? Barry Schiff’s take on the subject struck a chord with readers.

Pilot Getaways: Earn a floatplane rating vintage style

Article | Nov 09, 2015

If you’ve never flown a Piper J-3 Cub (or if it’s just been a while), you can try your hand at the stick while earning your seaplane rating at Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base in quiet central Florida.

Pilot Briefing: Gift Guide

Pilot Magazine | Nov 03, 2015

Collapsible, gadget and gear, hangar fliers

Beech central

Article | Oct 06, 2015

The Beechcraft Heritage Museum will host AOPA's final 2015 Regional Fly-In on Oct. 10 at Tullahoma Regional Airport in Tennessee.

'Doc' needs help to fly

Article | Sep 30, 2015

Volunteers restoring the B-29 Superfortress Doc have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed for the flight test program.

Travel Airs fly 1,000 miles to homecoming

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Five Travel Airs, all of them 86 to 88 years old, flew more than 1,000 statute miles to honor the ninetieth anniversary of the founding of the famous manufacturer.

Tony Hawk hosts Sky Combat Ace premiere

Article | Sep 22, 2015

World-renowned former pro skateboarder Tony Hawk will help host the grand opening for aerial battle specialists Sky Combat Ace during their San Diego location premier Sept. 26.

'From barnstormers to jets'

Advocacy | Sep 21, 2015

A Texas airport named for a pioneering aviation family is marking a century of continuous operation in 2015.

Doc's heart is beating again

Article | Sep 18, 2015

For the first time in decades, Doc, a B-29 in restoration, started all four engines on Sept. 18, although engine No. 2 was a little reluctant.

Bringing history to life

Article | Sep 17, 2015

“Most people would see that and say, ‘Take anything you can get,’” said WestPac President Bill Klaers, pointing to a mangled section of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning. At WestPac Restorations in Colorado Springs, however, it’s the start of a project.

'Cannibal Queen' honors vets

Article | Sep 11, 2015

The Boeing Stearman "Cannibal Queen," made famous by author Stephen Coonts in a book by the same name, spent Labor Day taking World War II veterans for a ride.

Airplanes arrive in droves for Antique Airplane Association fly-in

Article | Sep 09, 2015

Hundreds of antique and classic aircraft, including Curtiss Robins, Stinsons, Fairchilds, Wacos, Howards, and a rare Bentzen Sport, descended on Antique Airfield's 2,350-foot main turf runway Sept. 2 through 7 for the Antique Airplane Association/Airpower Museum fly-in in Iowa.

Fire spares vintage aircraft

Article | Sep 03, 2015

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, a Rhinebeck, New York, destination where airshows feature replica and vintage aircraft, is recovering from a fire.

P&E: Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Sep 03, 2015

Editor at Large Dave Hirschman and frequent contributor Chip Wright debate the merits of glass versus steam.

Safety Spotlight: A sign of things to come?

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

Pilots lament the glacial pace of progress when it comes to installing affordable modern technology and equipment into the cockpits of their aircraft.

Loose part downed Ford

Article | Aug 11, 2015

Harrison Ford lost power and landed short of the runway on March 5 because of a failure within the vintage airplane’s carburetor, the NTSB found.

Super Cub: 'The airplane that started it all'

Article | Aug 10, 2015

The aviation world owes much to an easy-to-overlook Piper Super Cub that will be on display at the AOPA Fly-In at Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Blaine, Minnesota, on Aug. 22. The airplane painstakingly restored to its original 1950 condition is the first PA-18 ever built, N5410H.

FAA resumes approving vintage aircraft for paid pax flights

Advocacy | Jul 22, 2015

Organizations that hope to offer the public paid rides in vintage warbirds and other historically significant aircraft may once again petition the FAA for permission.

'Welcome to Oshkosh'

Article | Jul 19, 2015

Pilots who had arrived early to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, basked in the warm, sunny weather, lying on the grass along the flight line and beneath aircraft wings as they watched their fellow aviators arrive on Runways 36R and 36L.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Jul 19, 2015

For clubs looking for an affordable, tricycle-gear LSA to train new pilots or transition existing ones to Sport Pilot, the Ercoupe may be just what you’re looking for. The twin-tail and bubble canopy will attract your eye, but the linked rudder and ailerons and design to prevent stalls are what make it noteworthy. It has proved a popular plane for the Green Castle Aero Club in Oxford, Iowa, and Chief Instructor Terry Koehn shares the club’s experience with the airplane that was far ahead of its time.

Many hands lift historic aircraft

Article | Jul 09, 2015

The Douglas C-47 Skytrain that led the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944, drew a huge following, and donations that went beyond dollars.

P&E: Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

Remaking a middle-aged Cessna 172—on a budget

Pilot Briefing: People

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

F–35 pilot slows way down on weekends

Pilot Briefing: Fly-Ins

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

AOPA Homecoming brings thousands to airport

Storms cut large swath

Slideshow | Jun 24, 2015

Powerful storms struck the High Plains and Midwest June 22, destroying homes and other buildings including a hangar at an Iowa airport.

Swifts flock to Corvette country

Slideshow | Jun 22, 2015

Pilots of sleek World War II-era Temco Globe Swift aircraft showed off their flying skills, modifications, and camaraderie at the 2015 Swift annual convention.

AOPA Homecoming draws thousands to airport

Article | Jun 06, 2015

A steady breeze and partly sunny skies brought welcomed relief to AOPA Homecoming Fly-In attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region who had been deluged with a week’s worth of rain. More than 3,300 people attended the Frederick, Maryland, event, with 375 aircraft flying in.

D-Day lead aircraft found

Article | Jun 05, 2015

A Wisconsin company preparing to hang turboprops on a vintage C-47 stopped when a researcher discovered it had played a uniquely significant role in history.

Embracing the Mustang

Article | May 14, 2015

Cal-Pacific Airmotive on Salinas Municipal Airport never set out to become a P-51 parts source and premier rebuilder of Mustangs.

Pilots prep historic DC overflight

Article | May 07, 2015

In commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, 56 vintage World War II military aircraft are completing a once-in-a-lifetime mission: crossing the skies of the nation’s capital in the Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover.

Broad shoulders

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

America’s B–52s are operated by the Global Strike Command, an evolution of the Strategic Air Command.

P&E: Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

For both buyers and sellers, there are things to know about hiring a broker that can make or break a deal.

Harrison Ford injured in aircraft accident

Article | Mar 05, 2015

Actor, pilot, and general aviation advocate Harrison Ford was hospitalized March 5 after sustaining injuries in an emergency landing at a California golf course, according to multiple news reports.

P&E Dogfight: Making Training Relevant

Pilot Magazine | Feb 05, 2015

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines and Editor at Large Dave Hirschman debate the merits of pilot education—old-school rules or new-school style?

‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

Article | Jan 22, 2015

It has an engine from the Golden Age of Aviation, an open cockpit, and a long-range cruise speed of about 90 mph. For the Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser reproduction, a brief first flight in December started a new chapter in a Seattle couple’s quest to fly it around the world in 2016.

Brent Taylor to lead Antique Airplane Association

Article | Jan 06, 2015

The Antique Airplane Association has named its veteran executive director, Brent Taylor, its new president.

Cub's coronation

Article | Dec 09, 2014

So probable is it that anyone you meet knows something about the little yellow airplane pilots call the J-3 Cub that the phenomenon helped persuade Pennsylvania’s legislature to bestow official recognition on the aircraft this year.

DC-3 made for cruising

Article | Dec 03, 2014

The DC-3's reputation as a heavy hauler is unmatched. But for Georgia-based Lance Toland, the airplane is all about connecting to history and having fun.

Debrief: Blade flier Jeffrey Cain

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Flying vintage biplanes requires pilots to develop an intuitive feel for their aircraft and keen rudder acuity. But can a double-leg amputee develop such sensitivity?

Briefing: Gifts for the vintage pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Short of going out and buying a taildragger, a biplane, or a silk scarf, we’d like to show you a couple of accessories that just might give a pilot that retro feeling.

Formation education: Repurposed 'Yak club' trains, entertains

Article | Oct 20, 2014

RedStar is one of a handful of organizations authorized to provide the standardized training that earns a pilot formation flying credentials for airshows.