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    Aviation History Book Review: Into the Sun

    Into the Sun: Novels of the United States Air Force by Phillip S. Meilinger, Imprint Publications, Chicago, 2011, $29.95 Colonel Phillip S. Meilinger has done us all a favor by reviewing more than 400 novels on the Air Force and presenting...

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    A Mideast Lion Comes West

    The F-21 proved its mettle in countless dogfights against U.S. Navy and Marine Corps fighters. Many Americans would be surprised to learn that during the latter half of the 1980s Israeli fighter aircraft regularly engaged in air-to-air...

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    Pioneer Airman’s Tragic Destiny

    Air force visionary Paul Beck’s scandalous demise clouded his impressive legacy. “The gun exploded and blew Beck’s head off,” reported The New York Times. “It was the dramatic outcome of a social evening among friends, the...

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    Ensign Eliminator

    A quarter of all the Vought F7U Cutlass fighters built ended up crashing. On a fall day in 1955, newly minted Ensign Dick Cavicke was amazed by t on his squadron’s flight line to gawk he number of servicemen gathered at the U.S. Navy’s...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Two Roads to War

    Two Roads to War: The French and British Air Arms from Versailles to Dunkirk by Robin Higham, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Md., 2012, $44.95 This superb book would be worth double its price solely on its merits as a historical study...

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    Twin Dragons Over Burma

    For every P-38 Lightning lost to enemy action in Burma, the 459th Fighter Squadron claimed more than 12 Japanese fighters. The twin-engine Lockheed P-38 Lightning provided the U long-range fighter, but its frontline allocation during World...

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    German Knight on the Russian Front

    Only battle wounds kept Gerhard Barkhorn, history’s second-ranked fighter pilot, from becoming the all-time ace of aces. Bailing out of a stricken fighter over open water is no picnic in the best of circumstances. Over the English...

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    High Aviation Ideals

    Chinese fighter pilot Gao Chi Hang is still revered 75 years after his untimely death in a Japanese bombing raid. For China, he was an improbable hero. At a time when most officers came from the upper class, his family was impoverished. On...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Faith, Hope and Charity

    Faith, Hope and Charity by Kenneth Poolman In the summer of 1940, three Gloster Sea Gladiators, flown by six RAF pilots, defended Malta against the entire Italian air force. Their improvisation, skill and courage made the Battle of Britain...

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    Aviation History Book Review: B-24 Liberator Units of the CBI

    B-24 Liberator Units of the CBI by Edward M. Young, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2011, $22.95 The story of Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault’s Flying Tigers is familiar to most aviation buffs. But the contribution by B-24 Liberators...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Naval Aces of World War I

    Naval Aces of World War I: Parts 1 and 2 by Jon Guttman, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2011 and 2012, $25.95 Most aviation enthusiasts are familiar with World War I’s land-based aces, but the top naval pilots are practically...

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    “Messerschmitt Killer”

    Although the Curtiss O-52 Owl was obsolete before it entered combat, one managed to score an unlikely victory in Soviet service. The Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company was for many years the greatest name in American aviation, the premier...

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    Balkan Top Gun

    South African pilot “Pat” Pattle’s star burned brightly over North Africa and Greece during his meteoric combat career. April 20, 1941: one week before Greece capitulated to German and Italian invaders. As waves of Luftwaffe Ju-88s...

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    The Sentinel of Verdun

    One of the very first fighter aces, Jean Navarre terrorized the skies over France by day and the streets of Paris by night. To French infantrymen in Verdun’s trenches early in 1916, cow- ering under German artillery, machine guns,...

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    Clippers to the Rescue

    How giant flying boats helped win the Pacific theater’s war of supply. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox characterized World War II as “a war of supply.” This was especially true of the Pacific theater, where logistics were...

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    The World’s Most Beautiful Airplanes

    Where does your favorite land on our top-12 list—or is it up in the air? Everybody has their favorites, and they’re beloved for many different reasons. The B-24 that brought your grandfather home from every mission over Germany might...