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    Billy Mitchell’s Aerial Blitzkrieg

    A century ago, the U.S. Army Air Service embarked on its first major air campaign, presaging the combined-arms assaults to follow. The air campaign at St. Mihiel, France, in September 1918 was among the most important events in the history...

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    The Flying Cowboy: Frederick Libby

    Frederick Libby became America’s first ace while flying as an observer-gunner in a spindly British pusher-propelled biplane. The apprentice airman could scarcely believe his situation. Yesterday he had been a supply truck driver with the...

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    Anthony Fokker’s Fünfdecker

    With the V8, Anthony Fokker pursued a questionable concept into extreme territory. “Fokker is still the old Fokker,” wrote Lieutenant Rudolf Stark after seeing Fokker D.VII and E.V fighters on August 24, 1918, “for every new machine...

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    The Passion and the Fury: Mick Mannock

    Edward “Mick” Mannock, the Irish-born RAF ace of World War I, proved he was a man of extraordinary gifts with his leadership and combat skills....

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    Modeling Mannock’s S.E.5a

    The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a was considered superior to any Ger­man aircraft over the trenches from the fall of 1917 until the Fokker D.VII began opposing it in May 1918. What gave the British fighter its edge was a redesigned upper...

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    Homebuilt Macchi M.5 Replica

    When I first read that a Holland, Mich., aviation enthusiast and former pilot had built a Macchi M.5 “fighter plane,” I put that description down to a newspaper columnist’s overheated and underinformed enthusiasm. After all, the 1917...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    Lords of the Sky

    Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, From the Red Baron to the F-16  by Dan Hampton, William Morrow, New York, 2014, $29.99  The title of this massive tome says it all: Fighter pilots have commanded the...

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    Albatros Returns to Old Rhinebeck

    A replica Albatros D.Va built in the 1970s has been restored and is back in the air. Students of the Saxe Middle School of New Canaan, Connecticut, raised funds for the restoration....