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The Rise and Fall of Aviation’s Golden Couple

by Corey Mead During the height of the roaring twenties, Jessie Miller longs for adventure. Fleeing a passionless marriage in the backwaters of Australia, twenty-three-year-old Jessie arrives in London and promptly falls in with the Bright Young Things, those gin-soaked boho-chic

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Video: The Terrible Choice Faced by Early Pilots

by John F. Ross At the turn of the twentieth century two new technologies—the car and airplane—took the nation’s imagination by storm as they burst, like comets, into American life. The brave souls that leaped into these dangerous contraptions and

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Flying Marine One: A Q&A with Colonel Ray L’Heureux

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Colonel Ray “Frenchy” L’Heureux flew the last four presidents during his time piloting Marine One. He sat down with us to discuss his amazing career. History Reader: You are retired now, but at one point, you were flying possibly the

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Why Pilots Didn’t Wear Parachutes during World War 1

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By John F. Ross When brand new technology first appears it’s often striking in retrospect to see that so many seemingly commonsense safety measures frequently take years to develop. World War 1 ace and race driver Eddie Rickenbacker knew this

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