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  • 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...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Avengers: The Doolittle Raid

    Four Doolittle Raiders recall the mission that rocked Japan. The first bombs, four 500-pound incendiary clusters, began tumbling down to Tokyo on Saturday, April 18, 1942, at precisely 12:20 p.m. While little is known of Sergeant Fred A....

  • World War II Magazine

    Hard Landing: Conversation with Henry Supchak

    FOR DECADES AFTER the war, Henry Supchak, who flew B-17 bombers as a lieutenant in the Eighth Air Force, had nightmares. He was a successful executive with a loving family and a Distinguished Flying Cross, but the memories of being shot...

  • HistoryNet, Mag: Vietnam Featured, Vietnam Magazine

    Sky Wars

    Starting from scratch, North Vietnam created the world’s strongest air defense system, forcing U.S. air power to rise to the Challenge. On March 2, 1965, 250 U.S. and South Vietnamese aircraft struck two enemy targets near the town...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: Assault From the Sky

    Assault From the Sky: U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter Operations in Vietnam  by Dick Camp, Casemate Publishers, 2013 T he iconic image of Vietnam’s helicopter war is that of a Bell UH-1 Huey carrying, supporting or evacuating U.S. Army...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: Taking Fire, Saving Captain Aikman

    Taking Fire, Saving Captain Aikman: A Story of the Vietnam Air War  by Kevin O’Rourke and Joe Peters, Casemate Publishers, 2013 June 27, 1972, was a rare day for the North Vietnamese: Their MiG-21s took a heavy toll on their usual...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    My War: Al Sohl Jr.

    Specialist 4, 173rd Airborne Brigade, January 1968–March 1969 I volunteered for the paratroopers and received my wings on July 5, 1967, and was stationed at Ft. Bragg. I was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and I picked up a lot...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Homesick Angel: Last Flight From Da Nang

    World Airways CEO Ed Daly defied U.S. authorities and led a daring mission to rescue women and children as the South Vietnamese army collapsed in 1975. A tsunami of more than a million refugees swept over the coastal city of Da Nang in...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Rescue at Kham Duc

    Intrepid pilots maneuvered planes through gunfire and wreckage to land and pick up troops being overrun by enemy forces. In early May 1968, the U.S. Army Special Forces at Kham Duc seemed far removed from the war zone. Established in 1963...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    My War: John Bercaw

    Warrant Officer: September 1967-January 1968, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division; January-September 1968, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division My troubled teenage years prompted me to join the Marine Corps in late 1960, at age...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Mag: Aviation History Featured

    The Luftwaffe’s Secret Squadrons

    KG 200 took part in many covert missions against the Allies and became the subject of much postwar speculation....