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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Lindbergh’s Path to Glory

    Before he gained a worldwide reputation as “Lucky Lindy,” Charles A. Lindbergh developed a solid repertoire of aviation skills. When Charles A. Lindbergh set out on his solo transatlantic flight in May 1927, it signaled the...

  • Mag: Aviation History Featured, Vietnam

    ‘Spooky’ Gunship Operations in the Vietnam War

    With their flares and their miniguns and cannon, fixed-wing gunships not only illuminated the battlefield, they dominated it as well....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Cold Warrior

    The North Korean MiG-17 pilots charged their guns and rolled in behind their target over international waters in the Sea of Japan. They believed they were attacking a P2V Neptune, but the subtle beauty and supple grace of the Lockheed...

  • Mag: Aviation History Featured

    The 11-Day War

    The so-called Christmas Bombings in 1972 brought the North Vietnamese back to the negotiating table, but at a high cost...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Whittle- The Jet Pioneer

    Whittle- The Jet Pioneer: His Race Against Time And The Nazis  Directed by Nicholas Jones. 71 minutes. Shelter Island, 2012. $24.98.  Jet engine-designer Sir Frank Whittle was  the quintessential lone British scientist:...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: World of Warplanes

    Following the success of their free-to-play armored combat simulator World of Tanks, Wargaming.net is currently bringing to life World of Warplanes, the second entry in their series of mid- 20th-century vehicular combat titles. I recently...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The First Stealth Aircraft

    On July 26, 1968, the North Vietnamese fired two SA-2 surface-to-air missiles at SR-71A No. 976. Neither crewman saw the SAMs detonate about 2 miles behind the supersonic “Blackbird,” whose crews called it “Habu,” after the deadly...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- August 2013

    Third Reich’s Infrastructure of Horror Far More Widespread Than Thought The Nazis built and operated a far more extensive mechanism of debasement and death than previously known, historians have found. When researchers began in 2000 to...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The Flying Banana

    Before the ubiquitous ‘Huey,’ an unsung hero brought mobility to Vietnam’s battlefields. When John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1960, he was faced with a multitude of problems concerning Vietnam. His military...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: Lockheed A-12 by Paul F. Crickmore

    Lockheed A-12: The CIA’s Blackbird and Other Variants by Paul F. Crickmore, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2014 The shooting down of Francis Gary Powers’ Lockheed U-2 by SA-2 surface-to-air missiles at 70,500 feet showed that high...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Bailout! Bailout!

    When his B-52 bomber was struck by a North Vietnamese missile, the pilot ordered a bailout, but the navigator’s ejection seat failed and he had just seconds to find another way out of the burning plane. A B-52 Stratofortress with the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Letters from Readers- Vietnam December 2014

    B-52 Strikes a Chord Your story “Bailout! Bailout!” (October 2014) brought back both good and bad memories. I was in-country 1971 and 1972, but in 1968 I was the training NCO for the munitions squadron of Project Arc Light supporting...

  • Mag: Aviation History Aircraft

    Airmail’s First Day

    The Post Office called on Army Air Service pilots to carry the first airmail. Despite numerous hardships, the first flying postmen usually made their appointed rounds. In 1834, Postmaster General William T. Barry remarked...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: Convair PB4Y-2/ P4Y-2 Privateer

    Convair PB4Y-2/ P4Y-2 Privateer by Nicholas A. Veronico and Steve Ginter, Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2012, $49.95  The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer is one of those great warplanes we all know but would like to know more...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: Sopwith Camel, by Jon Guttman

    Sopwith Camel by Jon Guttman, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2012, $18.95  One of the risks of being a geezer is remembering what it was like so many years ago, when aircraft books were published at the rate of perhaps 10 or 15 a...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: Mustang, by Steve Pace

    Mustang: Thoroughbred Stallion of the Air by Steve Pace, Fonthill, Gloucester, UK, 2012, $39.95  Just when you think you know everything about the North American P-51, along comes Steve Pace’s fine new book, offering even more...