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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Britain’s Javelin Misses the Mark

    The RAF’s only delta-wing fighter was also Gloster’s swan song. “A loud bang followed by a shroud of black acrid smoke billowing from beneath the aircraft” is how one airman described an engine start on a Gloster Javelin, the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Project Tip-Tow

    The “floating wingtip” concept led to Cold War experiments that had pilots tip-towing on the verge of disaster. The history of aviation is full of ideas that seemed ingenious when first pro- posed but failed in practice. These notions...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Everyman’s Gun- The AK-47

    How Cold War politics made the AK-47 the world’s most ubiquitous gun. Plus—Fidel, Saddam, and the history of automatic weapons. One weapon alone has been a consistent presence in modern war: the infantry rifle. Tanks can rout...

  • American History Magazine

    President vs. Press: How JFK tried to stop the news 

    The battle for freedom of the press is a tale as old as time—for two major news networks in 1962, it meant taking on the president...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Experience | The Insurgent

    In 1991, after years of fighting, Ukraine finally gained independence from the Soviet Union. So did Dmytro Verholjak...

  • HistoryNet

    The Forest Brothers Against the Soviets

    From 1944-53, Lithuanian partisans risked their lives to oppose repressive Soviet occupation. From the end of World War II through the early years of the Cold War, thousands of Lithuania’s sons and a few of its daughters disappeared into...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground: Field of Blackbirds, Kosovo

    The Balkans remain a ground of contention where the past is never dead. As the Cold War ended in the late 1980s, the Yugoslavia of the late Communist strongman Josip Broz Tito descended into a series of civil wars and then finally broke...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Atomic Airships

    Nuclear-powered airships seemed like a good idea during the Cold War, but for a variety of reasons—some self-evident—they never got off the ground. For the first half of the 20th century, atomic-powered airships were the stuff of...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Fox Two!

    The heatseeking AIM-9 Sidewinder went from a laboratory exercise to the preeminent air combat weapon of the jet age. The Cold War flared hot on August 23, 1958, when Communist China bombarded Matsu and Quemoy, islands of the Nationalist...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Jet Age Man

    Jet Age Man: SAC B-47 and B-52 Operations in the Early Cold War by Lt. Col. Earl J. McGill, USAF (ret.), Helion & Company Ltd, UK, 2012, $49.95. This is a wonderful book for a wide variety of reasons, the first being the most...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    ‘Unstart’ Over Murmansk

    All hell broke loose at 83,000 feet, just as a Soviet SAM site had the SR-71 Blackbird in its sights. Summer 1984: the coldest part of the Cold War’s final years, when both sides were doing their best to keep tabs on each other. For the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Project Terminated

    Project Terminated: Famous Military Aircraft Cancellations of the Cold War and What Might Have Been by Erik Simonsen, Crécy Publishing, Manchester, UK, 2013, $39.95. Any aviation devotee will be intrigued by aerospace professional Erik...

  • 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...

  • HistoryNet

    Interactive Combat: Americans vs. Soviets: Fulda Gap, 1980

    You are Army Lieutenant Jack Raker, leader of a platoon of five M60A3 tanks in U.S. 3d “Spearhead” Armored Division stationed at Ray Barracks, Friedberg, West Germany. In the fourth decade of the Cold War between the United States and...

  • Military History Magazine

    Cold War in Corfu

    Was a British Royal Navy flotilla making an ‘innocent passage’ or provoking a paranoid Albanian dictator in late October 1946. The waters of the world are perhaps its greatest museum, their depths concealing drowned cities, submerged...

  • 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...