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Tuskegee Airman returns to the cockpit

Article | Jul 17, 2015

World War II veteran and Tuskegee Airman Lt. Floyd Collins, a former P-51 pilot, was cool and confident when he returned to a cockpit in Maryland for a sight-seeing flight near the nation's capital.

Groups ask Congress to protect veterans' flight training

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

Seven general aviation associations, including AOPA, have sent a joint letter asking Congress to stop legislation that would curtail funding for flight training for veterans.

North Carolina technical college to launch aviation program

Article | May 13, 2015

Asheville-Buncombe Technical College in North Carolina is launchinga two-year associate's degree that will enable students to obtain a restricted airline transport pilot certificate.

Arsenal of Democracy flyover celebrates VE Day anniversary

Article | May 08, 2015

Thousands of spectators from countries around the world gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 8 for the much-anticipated Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover that included 56 World War II-era warbirds.

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.

Doolittle Raiders celebrate honor, say goodbye to friends

Article | May 06, 2015

It took 72 years, 11 months, 28 days, and an act of Congress, but the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders finally received the Congressional Gold Medal for their heroic raid bombing Japan's mainland in 1942.

Auctioning atomic history

Article | Apr 16, 2015

Capt. Robert Lewis kept careful notes and collected photos during and after the Enola Gay’s fateful mission on Aug. 6, 1945.

Topics Pilots, Veterans

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Several days after his sixty-second surgery for life-threatening wounds suffered in an explosion in Afghanistan, Sgt. Jesse Murphree became the 10,000th passenger flown by volunteer pilots of the Veteran’s Airlift Command.

Doolittle Raider Hite remembered

Article | Apr 02, 2015

Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite died March 29. Hite, 95, was one of three surviving members of the group of 80 airmen who lifted their nation’s morale in the dark, early days of World War II.