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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.

It all adds up

Article | Mar 17, 2015

Several days after his sixty-second surgery for wounds suffered in an explosion in Afghanistan, Army Sgt. Jesse Murphree became the 10,000th veteran flown by volunteer pilots of the Veterans Airlift Command.

Able Flight announces 2015 scholarship recipients

Article | Mar 13, 2015

Seven individuals with disabilities will earn pilot certificates or receive advanced training in 2015 thanks to Able Flight’s scholarship program.

Maine pilots hold eighth annual forum

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

Snow and a record cold February proved no obstacle for 65 Maine aviators who turned out Feb. 28 for the Eighth Annual Maine Aviation Forum.

Navy probes Florida crash site

Article | Mar 04, 2015

A metal detector enthusiast recently unearthed fragments of a legendary World War II aircraft, and the U.S. Navy deployed a team to investigate in February.

New lease for LAX landmark

Article | Jan 20, 2015

A restaurant with a view of Los Angeles International Airport built as a tribute to aviation heroes is poised to land a new lease.

2015 Endeavor Awards nominations open

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Nominations are open until Jan. 31, 2015, for the Endeavor Awards, bestowed to honor the service of individual pilots who participate in public benefit flying.

Honoring the 'Flying Minute Men'

Article | Dec 10, 2014

The "Flying Minute Men" of World War II gathered for a Dec. 10 ceremony in Washington, D.C., to receive the highest honor conferred by Congress.

Embry-Riddle selects four Hoover scholars

Article | Oct 28, 2014

Four students studying to become professional pilots at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have been named recipients of $25,000 scholarships that honor aviation luminary Bob Hoover.

Taildraggers to jet fighters, return to GA roots

Article | Sep 03, 2014

School was out, and he hadn’t made the cut for the Pony League baseball team. So in the summer of 1954, Dean Stickell started riding his bicycle to Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

Pilot flies Citabria to Oshkosh for Wounded Warriors

Article | Aug 01, 2014

After six days; flying 5,600 miles at 85 knots in a Citabria from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Oshkosh, Wisconsin; camping out at airports along the way; and eating Mountain House dried food, 21-year-old Alex Mumley-Dupuis said he was ready for a good meal upon arrival at EAA AirVenture.

First production Icon A5 makes a splash at AirVenture

Article | Jul 28, 2014

The first production Icon A5 amphibious light sport aircraft made a big splash at a company event that kicked off the EAA AirVenture show on July 27.

Trojan Horsemen to perform at Indy Fly-In

Article | May 29, 2014

The Trojan Horsemen flight demonstration team, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, will delight attendees at AOPA’s Indianapolis Fly-In May 31.

Doolittle Raiders a step closer to Congressional Gold Medal

Article | May 20, 2014

Seventy-two years after successfully bombing Japan, changing the course of World War II in the Pacific, the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders are a step closer to being honored with a Congressional Gold Medal.