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America's First Coast to Coast Flight Was Funded By a Grape Soda Company, Took Seven Weeks
America's First Coast to Coast Flight Was Funded By a Grape Soda Company, Took Seven Weeks

One would assume all the significant moments in the pioneer days of American aviation are already well known, well remembered, and well celebrated. You know, the Wright Brother's first flight, the first airliner service, the first use of airpl...

 
You Could Slap This Revolution Mini-500 Helicopter Together in a Few Days, But Should You?
You Could Slap This Revolution Mini-500 Helicopter Together in a Few Days, But Should You?

The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York, is a facility dedicated to the innumerable accomplishments in aviation in New York State's Long Island region. But mixed in with all the Hellcats, Thunderbolts, and the like, is a collect...

 
Grumman F-11 Tiger: Never Shot Down Anything But Itself, Still Looks Great in Blue
Grumman F-11 Tiger: Never Shot Down Anything But Itself, Still Looks Great in Blue

Grumman was the U.S. Navy's go-to carrier-based fighter plane manufacturer since before the days of World War II. But not every airframe the Long Island-based aerospace firm built went on to have a legendary career full of amazing stories of d...

 
This Is the Last American F-14 Tomcat To Fly, Awaits a Full Restoration in This Hangar
This Is the Last American F-14 Tomcat To Fly, Awaits a Full Restoration in This Hangar

Thanks in part to its 50th anniversary and in part to a starring role in Top Gun: Maverick, the F-14 Tomcat is once again the most famous fighter jet in the western zeitgeist. This is all despite not having flown since domestically 2006. Seeing...

 
Flying on Pan Am Used to Be Amazingly Luxurious, Kick the Hell Out of Modern Airlines
Flying on Pan Am Used to Be Amazingly Luxurious, Kick the Hell Out of Modern Airlines

Flying on an airline nowadays is more like a chore than a luxury. But it wasn't always like this. Believe it or not, air travel felt like a special occasion for most of the 20th century. Step aside, JetBlue. Pan Am used to bring the best bang ...

 
This Apollo Era Lunar Module Never Made it to the Moon, Stranded In A Museum Instead
This Apollo Era Lunar Module Never Made it to the Moon, Stranded In A Museum Instead

Is there anything more tragic than a spacecraft that never makes it to space? A vehicle with every intention of bringing men to worlds beyond but is instead stuck here on Earth, with only us lame humans to gaze at instead of endless moon dust. Well...

 
A Grand Theft Auto IV Remaster May Be in the Works, [UPDATE: Rockstar Pulls the Plug]
A Grand Theft Auto IV Remaster May Be in the Works, [UPDATE: Rockstar Pulls the Plug]

The release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition was an unmitigated disaster in the strongest possible terms. With ground-clipping, graphical artifacts, and glitch gremlins galore, what success Rockstar Entertainment felt with ...

 
Waco F-Series: The Open-Top Trainer That Forged Some of America's First Aces
Waco F-Series: The Open-Top Trainer That Forged Some of America's First Aces

They just don't make airplanes the way they used to, huh? Inane ramblings aside, there's a very good reason modern airplanes don't fly around with two sets of wings braced together by thin metal wires and covered with a canvas materi...

 
Stewarts Shops: a Delightful Gas Station Chain With an Ice Cream Parlor in Every Location
Stewarts Shops: a Delightful Gas Station Chain With an Ice Cream Parlor in Every Location

In most places in the world, a gas station is just that. A place you fill up your vehicle, maybe buy a soda, a candy bar, some cigarettes, and get on your way. But in America, sometimes it's a bit more than that. Of course, we've discu...

 
Besides Being Great at Almost Everything, the C-130 Hercules Is a Pretty Decent Bomber
Besides Being Great at Almost Everything, the C-130 Hercules Is a Pretty Decent Bomber

News flash, the C-130 Hercules and its variants and descendants can do just about anything. Obnoxious quips aside, there's seemingly no limit to what you can shove into the rear cargo bay of one of America's longest-serving transport airf...

 
War Thunder vs Ace Combat 7: Whose F-14 Tomcat Is More Fun To Fly?
War Thunder vs Ace Combat 7: Whose F-14 Tomcat Is More Fun To Fly?

Top Gun: Maverick is a blockbuster movie that made us fall back in love with the Grumman F-14 Tomcat all over again. So much so that any military flight video game worth talking about suddenly introduced new variants of the Tomcat as if to celebrat...

 
I-90: An Interstate of Broken Dreams, Shattered Lives, and Little Hope
I-90: An Interstate of Broken Dreams, Shattered Lives, and Little Hope

What feels like ages ago, we showcased to you the engineering marvel that is America's Interstate 80, a highway that can whisk you from New York City to San Francisco in one sitting with enough stimulants and a big enough gas tank. But there i...

 
No Money and No Public Transport for Miles? This 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Gets the Job Done
No Money and No Public Transport for Miles? This 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Gets the Job Done

In the words of the great Broadway and Hollywood actor Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, it's really no great shame to be poor (in 2022 especially, it's no great honor either). But if you live in an area where public trains, busses, and...

 
Northrop Grumman's Cygnus Re-Boosts the International Space Station, Keeps Its Orbit Safe
Northrop Grumman's Cygnus Re-Boosts the International Space Station, Keeps Its Orbit Safe

As most space junkies already know, the International Space Station is slated to slap headfirst into the Earth's atmosphere sometime in the early 2030s. But we're still a pretty long way away from this day coming. Periodically, the statio...

 
Fresh Off Massive Lawsuit Scandal, Hertz Sponsors 2023 Porsche FIA Endurance Race Car
Fresh Off Massive Lawsuit Scandal, Hertz Sponsors 2023 Porsche FIA Endurance Race Car

The Hertz rent-a-car company's been in some real hot water these last few months. After settling dozens of class-action lawsuits claiming the company filed false theft reports and had their customers thrown in jail, it looks like none of it af...

 
Italian Supercar Makers are Struggling to Adapt to Electric Cars, Shocks No One
Italian Supercar Makers are Struggling to Adapt to Electric Cars, Shocks No One

When I see the latest news regarding Italian supercar makers struggling mightily to adapt to a rapidly electrifying global auto industry, I'm reminded of a conversation I once had with an old colleague of mine and a total Lambo aficionado, Ste...

 
Want a Private Jet With More Flair Than a Cessna? This BAC Strikemaster Will Do Nicely
Want a Private Jet With More Flair Than a Cessna? This BAC Strikemaster Will Do Nicely

Most private jets these days all look the same, at least to an untrained eye. But if you're a strapping young millionaire aviator with a flair for being different, you may feel obligated to check out the used military jet market instead. If yo...

 
Team Acura Sweeps 1-2 Finish at IMSA Watkins Glen, Here's Why It's Big News
Team Acura Sweeps 1-2 Finish at IMSA Watkins Glen, Here's Why It's Big News

The Watkins Glen International Raceway may not have held a Formula One race in decades. But that doesn't mean race cars in other disciplines can't put on a good show for the Central New York faithful. Such was the display put on by Filipe...

 
Two Equally Priced Drop-Tops Are at the Same Dealership, Which Are You Taking Home?
Two Equally Priced Drop-Tops Are at the Same Dealership, Which Are You Taking Home?

Let's play a little game, shall we? In the spirit of Open Top Month here at autoevolution, we've often thought about what we would personally buy if we had to browse the Internet for a convertible drop-top of our own. There are more choic...

 
High Mileage Audi A4 Cabriolet May Play Games With Your Wallet, It Might Also Be Awesome
High Mileage Audi A4 Cabriolet May Play Games With Your Wallet, It Might Also Be Awesome

Cheap Audis are a dangerous game for your sanity and your wallet. That said, the prospects of a German luxury convertible for the cost of a 15-year-old Honda Civic might sure sound enticing. No matter how much of a minefield it may very well become...

 

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