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  • 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....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: The Bishop’s Boys, by Tom Crouch

    The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright by Tom Crouch On the 110th anniversary of their immortal flights at Kitty Hawk, it seems appropriate to go back to stuff we might have missed the first—or second or third—time we...

  • 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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: SR-71, by Col. Richard H. Graham

    SR-71: The Complete Illustrated History of the Blackbird, the World’s Highest, Fastest Plane by Col. Richard H. Graham, USAF (Ret.), Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2013, $35 Former SR-71 pilot Rich Graham has delivered a robust,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: Air Commanders

    Air Commanders edited by John Andreas Olsen, Potomac Books, Washington, D.C., 2012, $45  The U.S. Air Force and its predecessor organizations have been blessed with some extraordinarily fine leaders, men of competence, integrity and...