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When the RAF Buzzed Over Germany to Drown Out Nazi Broadcasts

Smithsonian
Germany decreed January 30, 1943 —the ten-year anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power—as a day of celebration. Berlin would host rallies, and Reich Marshal Hermann Goering’s address from the Air Ministry building would be broadcast throughout the Third Reich. Elements of Britain’s Royal Air Force would also be in......
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Flying amid coronavirus was one of the best experiences of my life

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Heading to JFK for my May 20 flight home to Seattle, I prepared myself for the worst. I drenched my palms in hand sanitizer, strapped on a KN95 mask and had an army of Clorox wipes in my purse at the ready. I even vowed to skip my traditional Bloody......
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Why the future of air travel post-coronavirus may include more private airlines

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The future of travel is looking like it may involve more driving, and less reliance on major commercial airlines. According to a U.S. Travel Association survey, 60 percent of Americans want to travel once the COVID-19 emergency has passed. Over half of those surveyed want to travel by car, but......
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Why airplanes are still packed in the coronavirus pandemic — and is flying still safe?

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Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines advising people stay six feet apart, reports of terrified airline passengers on packed flights continue to emerge. Just this week, passengers on an Iberian Airlines flight became incensed over their crowded flight, which had jammed the plane to 70 percent capacity......
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Airplanes with seat dividers could be travel norm post-pandemic

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How much more can we squeeze into an airplane? In mid-March, the coronavirus pandemic forced the travel industry to cut tens of thousands of jobs and pause a majority of flights, particularly international routes. By April, the the White House ordered a $25 billion bailout for airlines. Nevertheless, Americans continue......
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United Airlines to notify passengers, allow rebooking on flights after viral pic

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United Airlines is going the extra mile to make customers feel comfortable during the coronavirus pandemic by informing them in advance if their flight is near “full capacity,” and inviting them to rebook a new trip or receive a travel credit for the impacted itinerary. The carrier is evidently making......
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Shakespearean Stabbings, How to Feed a Dictator and Other New Books to Read | History

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An estimated 74 heroes, villains and sidekicks featured in William Shakespeare’s writings meet unsavory onstage ends. Thirty of these men and women succumb to stabbing, according to a 2015 analysis by the Telegraph, while five die by beheading, four by poison, and three by both stabbing and poison. At the......
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Why the Experimental Nazi Aircraft Known as the Horten Never Took Off | At the Smithsonian

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In the years after World War I, when aviation was all the rage in Europe and North America but the Treaty of Versailles banned the production of military aircraft in Germany, glider clubs sprang up across the country. The brothers Walter and Reimar Horten, just 13 and 10 years old,......
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How This Abandoned Mining Town in Greenland Helped Win World War II | Travel

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It was a foggy morning in south Greenland as I stood on deck and peered at the mountains poking through the clouds. Our Adventure Canada expedition ship docked offshore, and we disembarked on Zodiac boats to what looked like a ghost town. Scattered on the rocky shore were little white......
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After 90 Years, the ‘Flying Santa’ Is Still Dropping Gifts From a Plane | History

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Seamond Ponsart Roberts first learned about Flying Santa when she was 5 years old. In October 1945, her mother, Emma, told her the jolly old fellow would deliver a doll to her by airplane. For the next three months, every time an aircraft flew over the lighthouse they called home,......
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The True Story of the Battle of Midway | History

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“At the present time we have only enough water for two weeks. Please supply us immediately,” read the message sent by American sailors stationed at Midway, a tiny atoll located roughly halfway between North America and Asia, on May 20, 1942. The plea for help, however, was a giant ruse;......

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