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  • Aviation history Magazine

    Supersonic Revolution

    American engineers had to solve a number of design problems before the U.S. could exploit supersonic flight. ...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Game Review: To Kingdom Come

    To Kingdom Come: An Epic Saga of Survival in the Air War Over Germany By Robert J. Mrazek. 400 pp. NAL Caliber, 2011. $25.95. Three years ago, former congressman- turned-historian Robert J. Mrazek published A Dawn Like Thunder, a powerful...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Bravery Over Belgium

    Robert Guy Robinson U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor Pitthem, Belgium Oct. 14, 1918 On Oct. 14, 1918, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert Guy Robinson was grievously injured, with more than a dozen bullet wounds to his chest, leg and abdomen...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Renegade Flyboys

    Jay Zeamer Jr. Joseph Sarnoski U.S. Army Air Forces Medal of Honor Bougainville, Solomon Islands June 16, 1943 When U.S. Army Air Forces Captain Jay Zeamer Jr. lifted his B-17E Flying Fortress off the runway at Port Moresby, New Guinea, on...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Nango’s Last Stand

    An experienced Japanese ace lost his life in a wild aerial battle over Wewak. By the beginning of 1944, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force was in dire straits in New Guinea, reduced to defending its battered air bases along the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Last Gunfighter: F-8 Crusader

    Vought’s F-8 Crusader successfully bridged the gap between the days of close-quarters dogfighting and the supersonic era of long-range missile engagements. The carrier plowed through the gale- wracked Barents Sea, its escorts shedding...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Churchill’s Aerial Adventures

    The future prime minister’s passion for flying helped transform military aviation in Britain. During a routine inspection tour of a Royal Naval Air Service facility in 1912, Winston Churchill took his first flight. It was only a short...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Jasta 18

    Jasta 18: The Red Noses by Greg Van Wyngarden, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2011, $25.95 Although Jagdstaffel 18 wasn’t among the highest-scoring German fighter squadrons of World War I, it was among the earliest and had an...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    They Flew From Shangri-La

    Time has taken its toll on the Doolittle Raiders, but 70 years later their heroic deeds live on. The five remaining survivors from Jimmy Doolittle’s legendary April 18, 1942, bombing raid on Japan are expected to reunite at the National...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Saving General Patch

    An L-5 pilot transporting a VIP over Germany used all his skills to elude an Me-109. Technical Sergeant Robert F. Stretton Jr.’s logbook entry for April 18, 1945, simply records that he flew an Army Stinson L-5 from Kitzingen to...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Review: Battlefield 3 and Flight

    Engage in multiplayer combat or opt for a free flight over Hawaii. The Battlefield series of games is back with its latest iteration ($60, requires Microsoft Windows Vista/7, 2.5Ghz dual-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 20 GB hard drive space,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: On Heroic Wings

    On Heroic Wings: Stories of the Distinguished Flying Cross by Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling, Distinguished Flying Cross Society, San Diego, Calif., 2012, $39.95 plus shipping and handling (dfcbook.info) “I look at the line of...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    A Mideast Lion Comes West

    The F-21 proved its mettle in countless dogfights against U.S. Navy and Marine Corps fighters. Many Americans would be surprised to learn that during the latter half of the 1980s Israeli fighter aircraft regularly engaged in air-to-air...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Myth of the Zero

    Mitsubishi’s legendary A6M ran circles around opposing fighters early in World War II, but by 1945 its odds of surviving a dogfight were close to zero. Has there ever been a warplane as mythic as the Mitsubishi Zero? Legend, mystery,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: American Combat Planes of the 20th Century

    American Combat Planes of the 20th Century by Ray Wagner The 2004 version of American Combat Planes, published by Jack Bacon and Co., is the fourth edition of Ray Wagner’s groundbreaking title since 1960, and it’s by far the best for a...