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  • Aviation History Magazine

    First Blood in Korean Skies

    In a brief but eventful combat career, the F-82 Twin Mustang proved its worth over Korea. By early 1945 it seemed obvious to the Allies that Japan would never surrender and the only way to achieve total victory in the Pacific War was by...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Allied Ace of Aces: René Fonck

    ‘He is a tiresome braggart, and even a bore, but in the air, a slashing rapier,’ wrote Claude Haegelen of squadron mate René Fonck—and he was one of Fonck’s best friends. When Germans, Americans, Italians or Belgians think of...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Second to None

    Second to None: The History of the 368th Fighter Group by Dr. Timothy M. Grace, www.368thfightergroup.com, $40. Every military unit should have a history like the one Tim Grace has created for the 368th Fighter Group. It would be a great...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: WWII Aces Stalls at Takeoff

    The flight-combat game presents a unique dilemma. As a WWII Aces historical game, it leaves something to be desired. As an arcade-style flight-combat shoot-’em-up, well, it also leaves something to be desired. It is a poorly designed...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    ‘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”...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Whirlwind

    Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942–1945 by Barrett Tillman, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2010, $28 Barrett Tillman has written a workmanlike and comprehensive journalistic account of the air war against Japan. Whirlwind...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: A Measureless Peril

    A Measureless Peril: America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest Battle of World War II by Richard Snow, Scribner, New York, 2010, $27. From September 1939 through May 1945, war raged on, above and below the surface of the Atlantic...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Review: HAWX and Endwar

    Two stylish wargames take aerial combat into the future. The futuristic Micro soft Windows XP/Vista, 2.0 Ghz processor, 1GB system RAM, DVD ROM HAWX ($30, requires player, 3D video card with 128MB video memory, Ubisoft, www.ubi.com) looks...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Flying For Her Country

    Flying For Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II  by Amy Goodpaster Strebe, Potomac Books, Dulles, Va., 2009, $15.95.  Historian and journalist Amy Strebe, who has researched America’s Women...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Aces High

    Aces High by Bill Yenne, Berkley Caliber, New York, 2009, $25.95. Bill Yenne’s name on the cover is reason enough to buy this book, since he has produced a seemingly unending series of high-quality books that could serve as foundation...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Made in America

    Long before the United States officially entered World War II, it was the world’s biggest exporter of fighter aircraft. From early 1938 through the end of 1941, the United States, though still technically neutral in the conflict that was...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Kamikaze Killer

    The naval version of the Spitfire had its share of teething troubles, but by the end of World War II it had found its sea legs in the Pacific. The ready room deep inside HMS Indefatigable offered little relief from the constant tropical...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Duel in the Rising Sun

    A young aviation machinist’s mate and a veteran Japanese Zero pilot squared off at Pearl Harbor. Only one would survive. The date December 7, 1941, had been etched in my father’s memory, as it had for so many of his generation. Decades...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Movie Stars With Wings

    Before computer-generated images, aviation films had real airplanes and real aviators at the controls....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    WWII Around the Globe

    Take control in the East and West, on the surface and in the air. There’s considerable ground to cover when re-creating World War II aviation, but a pair of strategy games manage to do a fairly good job of it. Battlestations Pacific...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Big Show

    The Big Show by Pierre Clostermann Published in 1951 and revised in 2006, Pierre Clostermann’s memoir of aerial combat was one of the first to emerge from WWII. Reflecting the perceptions of an extremely opinionated French volunteer in...