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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Twin Dragons Over Burma

    For every P-38 Lightning lost to enemy action in Burma, the 459th Fighter Squadron claimed more than 12 Japanese fighters. The twin-engine Lockheed P-38 Lightning provided the U long-range fighter, but its frontline allocation during World...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    High Aviation Ideals

    Chinese fighter pilot Gao Chi Hang is still revered 75 years after his untimely death in a Japanese bombing raid. For China, he was an improbable hero. At a time when most officers came from the upper class, his family was impoverished. On...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Stealth Fighter

    Stealth Fighter: A Year in the Life of an F-117 Pilot  by Lt. Col. William B. O’Connor, USAF (ret.), Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2012, $30 Few aircraft have captivated Americans like the “Black Jet,” the Lockheed F-117...

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    Aviation History Book Review: The ME 262 Stormbird

    The ME 262 Stormbird: From the Pilots Who Flew, Fought, and Survived It by Colin D. Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2012, $30 This is both an intensely factual book about the famed Messerschmitt and a love...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    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,...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Mission to Berlin

    Mission to Berlin: The American Airmen Who Struck the Heart of Hitler’s Reich By Robert F. Dorr. 336 pp. Zenith Press, 2011. $28.  On February 3, 1945, more than a thousand heavy bombers of the U.S. Eighth Air Force, protected by...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: September Hope

    September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far By John C. McManus. 512 pp. NAL Hardcover, 2012. $27.95. Cornelius Ryan’s classic book A Bridge Too Far dominates the historical landscape of Operation Market Garden, just as in fall...

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    Tuskegee Airmen, 1941-45

    The first African-American U.S. fighter pilots not only destroyed Nazi planes but also shattered racial stereotype. By the beginning of World War II, African-Americans had fought in the United States’ wars since the American Revolution....

  • Reviews

    Game Buzz- Armchair General May 2013

    XCOM (xcom.com), which many believe is the best turn-based strategy game ever created, is made even better with the release of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Developed by Firaxis (Sid Meier and company), the game features an elite organization...

  • Personalities

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    A Wing and a Prayer

    Neil Armstrong’s flying career nearly ended soon after it started, when he was forced to eject from his F9F Panther over Korea....

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    German Luftwaffe, 1939-45

    Germany’s airmen battled the Allies for control of the skies. Nazi Germany’s stunning, panzer tipped blitzkrieg campaigns that overran Poland in September 1939 and France in May-June 1940 owed much to the tactical air support and...

  • Reviews

    Game Buzz Armchair General November 2013

    Breaking the Chains: War in the South China Sea (compass games.com) is a board game depicting a near-future conflict. It emphasizes nautical combat with a smooth “strike” system that makes learning the rules easy and places the burden...