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    ‘Patton in a P-51’

    Don Blakeslee’s grit, guts and guidance helped make the “Fighting 4th” one of the finest combat air groups in Europe. Like his British and Commonwealth comrades in the Royal Air Force, American Don Blakeslee of No. 133 “Eagle”...

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    Superforts vs. MiGs

    Over Korea, prop-driven bombers tackled an unfamiliar mission and faced Soviet-built jets for the first time. The Cold War took on a new and more frightening face when the North Koreans invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950. Five years...

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    American Kamikaze

    U.S. Navy pilot “Griff” Griffin survived intense combat in the Pacific War, then trained for missions that could only be described as suicidal. In October 1944, as USS bombers launched a second day of strikes on Japanese positions on...

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    Fly the Swiss Alps

    A new German sim picks up where Microsoft left off. Microsoft quickly gave up on its Flight approach to flight simulations (see the July 2012 “Airware”). It’s product, a more casual clear that Bill Gates has bigger fish to fry in his...

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    Giving the Machine Guns Wings

    Air combat came of age during World War I with the invention of devices that allowed fighter pilots to “point and shoot”. On April 1, 1915, Roland Garros took off in a Morane- Saulnier L from an airfield in northern France, planning to...

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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 Review: World of Warplanes

    A new free online multiplayer sim will soon offer a wild ride. While we typically review finished products in “Airware” rather than previews of releases still in development, I recently had a chance to explore the beta version of the...

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    Aviation History Book Review: To War in a Stringbag

    To War in a Stringbag   by Commander Charles Lamb, Royal Navy, DSC, DSO  To War in a Stringbag is the extraordinary autobiography of an extraordinary naval aviator, Commander Charles Lamb, who experienced combat from the first...

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    Aviation History Book Review: The Last Zero Fighter

    The Last Zero Fighter: Firsthand Accounts from WWII Japanese Naval Pilots by Dan King, Pacific Press, Irvine, Calif., 2012, $24.95.  This remarkable book resulted from a confluence of personal interests, work assignments, linguistic...

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    Aviation History Book Review: NO 60 SQN RFC/RAF

    NO 60 SQN RFC/RAF by Alex Revell, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2011, $25.95. Among the last offerings in Osprey’s “Elite Aviation Units” series, pending further notice, No 60 Sqn RFC/RAF exemplifies how entertaining and...

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    Bertie Lee’s Final Flight

    With two engines out and a fire in the bomb bay, the battered B-17’s odds of survival didn’t look good, but somehow the three remaining crewmen kept the shot-up bomber flying. “Brakes,”ordered First Lieutenant Edward S. Michael,...

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    Deadly Duo: Sopwith Camel and Fokker Triplane

    Two of the world’s most famous fighters—the Sopwith Camel and Fokker triplane—are arguably the most overrated. German Lieutenant Lothar von Richthofen, younger brother of Manfred, the celebrated “Red Baron,” peered over the...

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    Tuskegee Triple

    Harry Stewart earned a Distinguished Flying Cross in his first dogfight as a Tuskegee Airman. Given the immense obstacles faced by black Americans who aspired to fly in World War II, obtaining the Army’s coveted silver wings at Tuskegee...

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    Aviation History Airware Review: Flight Sims for Your Phone

    Take to the skies anywhere, anytime, with mobile apps in hand. The rise of smart phones gives gamers yet another way to soar virtually via flight simulations. This month we take look at three Android flight sims from the Google Play store...

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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 Eagle of Lille

    As a leader of Germany’s deadly “Fokker Scourge,” Max Immelmann almost single-handedly took on Britain’s Royal Flying Corps. It didn’t take long for Ensign Max Immelmann of the Imperial German Flying Corps, piloting unarmed two-...