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  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: USAF and VNAF A-1 Skyraider Units

    USAF and VNAF A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War by Byron E. Hukee, Osprey Publishing, 2012 Nicknamed the “Spad,” after a World War I biplane, because of its seeming obsolescence in a jet-dominated decade, the Douglas Skyraider in...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: The Oranges are Sweet

    The Oranges are Sweet   by Paul M. Sailer, Loden Books, Wadena, Minn., 2011, $34.99. A helicopter-qualified Vietnam veteran living in Wadena County, Minn., Paul Sailer found a local hero to celebrate in county resident Don Beerbower,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Duel in the Clouds

    America’s first aerial victory against the Luftwaffe came far from Europe, off Iceland. Major John W. Weltman was on alert in the operations building on August 14, 1942, when he received a report that a German Focke-Wulf Fw-200 Condor...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: A Higher Call

    A Higher Call: An Inspirational True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the WarTorn Skies of WWII by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander, Berkley-Caliber, New York, N.Y., 2012, $26.95 From aviation’s formative years there has always been a...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    More Than Just a Prop

    The versatile Skyraider flew missions that no jet could. Three and a half months after the first American combat troops, two battalions of Marines, waded ashore without resistance at Da Nang, U.S. Air Force jet pilots learned they...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Pacific War Action

    Mission variety adds spice to both Pacific Carriers and Dogfight 1942. Fans of Pacific War air combat sims have plenty of options these days, as several titles are now available from Steam (steampowered.com), two of  which are...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Mission to Tokyo

    Mission to Tokyo: The American Airmen Who Took the War to the Heart of Japan by Robert F. Dorr, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2012, $30. Mission to Tokyo is better than Bob Dorr’s previous Mission to Berlin, which is saying a great...

  • 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”...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...