Billy Mitchell’s First Big Coup

Billy Mitchell in Thomas Morse MB-3A

/ST. MIHIEL: MITCHELL AND AIRPOWER The 1918 Battle of St. Mihiel and Billy Mitchell’s reputation are forever linked together, and properly so. The visionary Colonel Mitchell (later Brigadier General, and posthumously, Major General,) had the correct idea of applying airpower en masse on key targets from the very start. At St. Mihiel his aims were achieved, ...

Great China Clipper Video http://vimeo.com/26086480

http://vimeo.com/26086480 This is a very nostalgic film about an aircraft which broke new ground, but which suffered tragedies. It has special interest for me since I flew on the last Pan Am Pacific flight. I'm sorry the film doesn't mention the 1985 "last flight". On the 50th anniversary of the Nov 22 1935 first flight, ...

Mule Train: First Combat in Vietnam

Fairchild C-123 Provider

The most glamorous flying jobs are not always the most satisfying. Sometimes a routine, even mean task comes along, one that garners no glory, but does obvious good. Such it was with Mule Train, an airlift operation that began with take-offs from Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina on December 11, 1961, and technically ended ...

The First Air Commandos

The First Air Commandos: Alison and Cochran

On January 17, 1991, the world watched in wonder as its television sets showed stealth fighters, air-launched cruise missiles and precision guided munitions gut the Iraqi air defense system during the opening hours of Desert Storm. None knew then, and few know now, that the path for these high tech wonders was prepared by the ...

Air Power On Trial: The Siege of Khe Sanh

Khe Sanh Sky Crane

Some battles become symbols after they happen: Gettysburg as the high tide of the Confederacy or Pearl Harbor for treacherous surprise or Midway as a turning point. One battle in Vietnam had an implicit symbolism before it was fought: the siege of Khe Sanh. The dream of General Vo Nguyen Giap and other North Vietnamese leaders ...