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  • Aviation History Magazine

    German Giant: The Zeppelin Staaken R.VI

    The Zeppelin Staaken R.VI of World War I was the largest bomber ever to strike Britain. The name Zeppelin is usually associated with rigid lighter-than-air craft from the early 1900s through the 1930s, including the famous Graf Zeppelin...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: Area 51 Black Jets

    Area 51 Black Jets: A History of the Aircraft Developed at Groom Lake, America’s Secret Aviation Base by Bill Yenne, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2014, $40 Don’t look for little green men from another planet between these covers....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The First Ground-Pounders

    During World War I, Germany made a notable contribution toward the development of tactical air support for its armies struggling on the Western Front. By the close of 1914, the French, British and German armies on the Western Front had...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Letter from Aviation History- November 2014

    Few military aviation missions generate the spectrum of passions associated with close air support. Fighter-bomber pilots have typically performed such ground-attack missions with some reluctance, knowing that by flying low and slow...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The First Shturmovik

    The Germans beat the Russians in developing a ground-attack airplane—by an entire war. During World War I, few combat assignments were as dangerous and as disliked by aircrews as ground-attack missions. Strafing was certainly terrifying...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Restored: Diving into the Past

    Even riding in the back seat, the view from an SBD as it plummets to earth is unforgettable. One of World War II’s most significant airplanes, the Douglas SBD Dauntless was a major factor enabling the U.S. Navy to turn the tide of the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Heinemann’s Hot Rod

    In a world where the focus seems to shift daily from one technological wonder to another, the value of solid engineering—a design well thought-out and well executed—is too often overlooked. This is as true in jet aviation as it is...

  • World War II Magazine

    Time Travel: Yanks in Cambridge

    KNOWN FOR ITS UNIVERSITY AND SOARING GOTHIC MASTERPIECES, Cambridge, England, has much to offer visitors seeking antiquity and spectacle. Established in 1209, the campus occupies the center of town, where a maze of narrow streets winds its...

  • World War II Magazine

    Film Review: The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. 2 hours, 6 minutes. Animation. Opens February 21. ‘An airplane is a dream,” says dashing Giovanni Caproni to bespectacled Jiro Horikoshi, setting out this remarkable animated feature’s...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

    General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark  by Peter Davies, Osprey Publishing, 2013 Of the wide variety of warplanes introduced during the Vietnam War, the General Dynamics F-111A stands among the most misunderstood—starting with its very...

  • Military History Magazine

    Letters from Readers- Military History January 2015

    No ‘Parade-Ground Soldiers’ This is in response to a letter from Gerhardt B. Thamm November regarding Task Force Smith, in which Thamm refers to the men who made up Task Force Smith as “parade-ground soldiers.” I take exception to...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: The Fight in the Clouds

     The Fight in the Clouds: The Extraordinary Combat Experience of P-51 Mustang Pilots During World War II  by James P. Busha, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2014, $30  Heading home from battle in WWII, air ace Pierce W. “Mac”...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: Spitfire, Merlin Variant

    Spitfire, Merlin Variant  by Ron Mackay, Squadron Signal, Carrollton, Texas, 2013, $18.95  There is a little of the aeronautical engineer in nearly all of us who have caught the “aviation bug.” We marvel at the design, the details...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: F9F Panther Units of the Korean War

     F9F Panther Units of the Korean War  by Warren Thompson, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2014, $22.95  The acknowledged guru of Korean War aviation, author Warren Thompson, “has done it again.” The phrase would be a cliché if it...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Target Berlin: The First Air-Raid on the German Capital

    As the French auxiliary bomber Verne night on June 7, 1940, the crew approached Berlin at mid- Jules was amazed to see the capital of the Third Reich fully illuminated. The aircraft commander, naval Captain Henri Daillière, instructed...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Build a Lockheed U-2

    Models of the Lockheed U-2 spy plane are as scarce as available details of the actual aircraft. In 1962 Hawk Model Company produced a 1/48th-scale U-2 kit that was crude by today’s standards. During the 1970s Testors acquired the Hawk...