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    Bud Anderson

    Triple fighter ace and test pilot Bud Anderson is a legend in his own time. Like millions of other Depression-era kids who became enthralled with flight during aviation’s golden era, Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson Jr. grew up crazy about...

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    German Knight on the Russian Front

    Only battle wounds kept Gerhard Barkhorn, history’s second-ranked fighter pilot, from becoming the all-time ace of aces. Bailing out of a stricken fighter over open water is no picnic in the best of circumstances. Over the English...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Naval Aces of World War I

    Naval Aces of World War I: Parts 1 and 2 by Jon Guttman, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2011 and 2012, $25.95 Most aviation enthusiasts are familiar with World War I’s land-based aces, but the top naval pilots are practically...

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    Balkan Top Gun

    South African pilot “Pat” Pattle’s star burned brightly over North Africa and Greece during his meteoric combat career. April 20, 1941: one week before Greece capitulated to German and Italian invaders. As waves of Luftwaffe Ju-88s...

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    The Sentinel of Verdun

    One of the very first fighter aces, Jean Navarre terrorized the skies over France by day and the streets of Paris by night. To French infantrymen in Verdun’s trenches early in 1916, cow- ering under German artillery, machine guns,...

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    World War II Ace: Adolf Galland

    This World War II German ace led the Luftwaffe Fighter Force against the massive Allied air armadas. JUNE 21, 1941 OVER THE ENGLISH CHANNEL German Luftwaffe 26th Fighter Wing commander Adolf Galland, in aerial combat with a large British...

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    Armchair General- Letters from Readers September 2013

    ACG at Historic Civil War Gravesite ACG “The Andersonville Trial, 1865,” which discusses the military tribunal and ’s March 2013 article execution of Confederate Captain Henry Wirz, noted that Wirz is buried in the Mount Olivet...

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    Aviation History Book Review: MIG-3 Aces of World War 2

    MIG-3 Aces of World War 2 by Dmitriy Khazanov and Aleksander Medved, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2012, $29.95. The Soviet MiG-3 fighter of World War II was a flying disclaimer to the adage that if it looks right, it must fly right....

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    18 Downed in a Day

    Luftwaffe ace Bully Lang had several claims to fame in the course of his short, violent career. For an air arm that joined its nation in ultimate defeat in World War II, the Luftwaffe left a remarkable legacy of  military aviation...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Spanish Republican Aces

    Spanish Republican Aces  by Rafael A. Permuy López, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2012, $22.95.  Despite the Cold War, McCarthyism and the general disrepute into which communism has fallen in America, there remains a lingering...

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    The Natural: Marion Carl

    NATURAL-BORN AVIATORS ARE EXTREMELY RARE. Humans aren’t designed to operate in three dimensions, and learning to adapt to the vertical normally requires study, determination and practice. The innate ability to excel in flight is a gift...

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    The Reckless Richthofen

    Time and again Lothar von Richthofen risked all for his country, his comrades and his famous elder sibling. A colorful flight of German Albatros D.IIIs swept high above the shell- blasted wasteland of northern France on April 13, 1917,...

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    Book Review: Hero of the Angry Sky

    Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingalls, America’s First Naval Ace  edited by Geoffrey L. Rossano, Ohio University Press, Athens, 2013, $28.95  Among the cornerstones of U.S. Navy aviation...

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    Book Review: Aces of the 78th Fighter Group

    Aces of the 78th Fighter Group by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2013, $22.95  This is more than just another entry in the superb Osprey “Aces” series, because the fast-paced prose is tempered by the...

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    The Rediscovered Ace Dan Vizanty

    Romanian fighter pilot Dan Vizanty’s exploits were largely forgotten by his countrymen in the aftermath of World War II. On August 24, 1944, a poignant radio exchange took place between two fighter aces who, until the previous day, had...

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    Book Review: The German Aces Speak II

    The German Aces Speak II: World War II Through the Eyes of Four More of the Most Important Commanders by Colin D. Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2014, $30 Erich Hartmann (352 aerial victories) said he became...