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The Engineer Who Greased the P-38 Lightning

Long before any airplanes approached the sound barrier, John Stack was traveling there in his mind. As a teenager he worked to save enough money for a few hours of flying lessons in a Canuck biplane at an...
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The Army’s Dancing Master Sergeant

When America entered World War II, songwriter Irving Berlin was 53 years old—and desperate to do something for the war effort. In the Great War he had staged an all-soldier revue that included his...
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The Horticulturist who Disarmed Bombs After the Blitz

In 1940, the Blitz found Britain utterly unprepared to cope with the rain of unexploded German bombs that quickly began filling the streets of London and other major cities. No one had even anticipated the problem, certainly not John Hudson.