Category Archives: Articles

Welcome to the Articles. The content I will present here may be fact or fiction, historical retrospective or future speculation, or any other subject about which I feel compelled to write. As they say – “the sky’s the limit!”

Book Review 13: Whirlwind by Barrett Tillman

Scholarly, readable and definitive Author Barrett Tillman has produced a welcome reminder of the efficacy of air power in Whirlwind. The most authentic and interesting presentation yet of the powerful 1945 air campaign in which true air power was realized for the first time, Whirlwind achieves every author's aim by being both scholarly and immensely readable. ...

Aerial Oddities # 1: Howell Miller’s MAC-1

HOWELL MILLERS MAC-1 In the early 1930s, the name Gee Bee became synonymous with speed as the bullet-shaped racers blazed a winning trail at Cleveland. Yet the beautiful planes, with their gleaming red and white finish, soon acquired the reputation as pilot killers. And so they were—in the 1930s. The Granville Brothers—Zantford, Thomas, Robert, Edward, ...

Book Review 12: Battle of Midway SHattered Swords

SHATTERED SWORD, THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY BY JONATHAN PARSHALL AND ANTHONY TULLY, Potomac Books, Dulles, Virginia, 2005 $35.00 This incredible book shatters all previous notions on how the Battle of Midway was fought. It also shatters all the standards for military reference works. Shattered Sword will come to be regarded as a benchmark ...

Book Review 11: Wagner’s AMERICAN COMBAT PLANES OF THE 20TH CENTURY

AMERICAN COMBAT PLANES OF THE 20TH CENTURY By Ray Wagner Jack Bacon & Company, 2004, $65.00 758 pages, 1,700 photographs This massive book by one of the most respected aviation historians is an invaluable addition to the library of everyone who loves airplanes. Ray Wagner has spent more than fifty years in first hand research on American, German and ...

Book Review 10: JAGDGESCHWADER 2 “RICHTHOFEN”

JAGDGESCHWADER 2 “RICHTHOFEN” A Photo Chronicle BY Holger Nauroth Schiffer Publishing Company, $59.95, 2004 Another in the continuing series of Schiffer Publishing’s accounts of famous German aerial units, JAGDGESCHWADER 2 “RICHTHOFEN” is exactly what its title implies: a day-by-day account of the unit in good times and bad. The photos are remarkable in their extent, ...