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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Avro Lancaster: The Night Raider

    The Avro Lancaster rained terror on Germany but never attained the B-17’s fame, even though it could carry twice the bombload over an equal distance. The brilliant comedic artist Bruce McCall illustrated a 1971 article in playboy...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Barling Bomber

    Cost overruns and poor performance doomed the experimental strategic bomber, but it helped point the way to the future. To some it was the “Magnificent Leviathan,” to others “Mitchell’s Folly.” Its detractors considered the giant...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Bolo

    When the Douglas B-18 bomber joined ASW patrols, an old dog learned a new trick. On August 22, 1942, Oberleutnant-zur-See Ludwig Forster was enjoying a brief respite from torpedoing Allied merchant ships in the Caribbean Sea when...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Behind the Lines- Bats Out of Hell

    During World War II, the military teamed with a dentist and a Harvard scientist to arm winged creatures of the night with napalm bombs. DR. LYTLE S. ADAMS, a Pennsylvania dentist, pilot, and inventor, heard about the Pearl Harbor attacks...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Mustang by Another Name

    The Collings Foundation has returned a rare North American A-36 dive bomber to flying status. Thanks to a surfeit of renovated, rebuilt, restored, repackaged, replicated and reinvented P-51D Mustangs and the resultant Nose Syndrome...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Desert Rat Reborn

    A rare B-17E is slowly being brought back to life in an Illinois pole barn. When word came in June 2011 that Liberty Belle, one of the few still flyable Boeing B-17s, had burned after making an emergency landing in a cornfield near Aurora,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Bertie Lee’s Final Flight

    With two engines out and a fire in the bomb bay, the battered B-17’s odds of survival didn’t look good, but somehow the three remaining crewmen kept the shot-up bomber flying. “Brakes,”ordered First Lieutenant Edward S. Michael,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: Boeing-B50, by Geoffrey Hays

    Boeing B-50 by Geoffrey Hays, Ginter Books, Simi Valley, Calif., 2012, $49.95  The Boeing B-50 Superfortress was vital to Strategic Air Command in the post–World War II era. A B-29 on steroids with bigger engines, more fuel and a...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: B-52 Stratofortress

     B-52 Stratofortress: The Complete History of the World’s Longest Serving and Best Known Bomber  by Bill Yenne, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2012, $40  We were overdue for an updated history of the Boeing B-52...

  • World War II Magazine

    Conversation with Bob Balkam

    Bob Balkam’s job as an army air traffic controller took him from Omaha Beach to Belgium to Germany...

  • World War II Magazine

    Book Review: Joseph Heller and the Forgotten Heroes

    Despite the explosion of excellent works on World War II air operations, events in the Mediterranean Theater continue to get short shrift. If the theater’s strategic air force was the “Forgotten Fifteenth” in the shadow of the...

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    Video: Yankee Air Museum ‘Bomber Buffing’ 2016

    The Yankee Air Museum was founded in 1981 as a non-profit organization to restore and maintain World War II era aircraft. The museum’s most iconic aircraft include the B-17 Yankee Lady and B-25D Yankee Warrior. In 2004, the museum...

  • World War II Magazine

    The North American P-51D Mustang

    Ready to Ride Art by Jim Laurier   IN MAY 1940, British war planners asked North American Aviation to design and build a fighter-bomber with firepower, climb, speed, agility, and range sufficient to carry the fight to Berlin and back....

  • World War II Magazine

    Replacement: B-24s Over Okinawa

    As the war in the Pacific was ending, substitute crews were eager to fly...even if it killed the...

  • Book Reviews

    Valkyrie: North American’s Mach 3 Superbomber (Book Review)

    Reviewed by Walter J. Boyne By Dennis R. Jenkins and Tony R. Landis Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2004 A new book by Dennis R. Jenkins and Tony R. Landis, Valkyrie: North American’s Mach 3 Superbomber (Specialty Press, North...