Between 1998 and 2001 when he died, I had the privilege of knowing one of the most interesting people I ever met, Dick Best, the man who sank the Akagi and changed the Battle of Midway. As you'll find out reading below, Dick did not think that [...]
The Vindicator at Midway:
VMSB-1, the “east coast” Marine Scout-Dive Bomber unit, was renumbered VMSB-231 in October 1941 and sent to the west coast as war clouds gathered in the Pacific. In November, the unit was sent on to MCAS Ewa at Pearl [...]
Too busy working with the editors on the upcoming "Pacific Thunder" (out in August, you can pre-order on Amazon now) to build anything new for the group build but here's my Trumpeter SBD-2 from VMSB-241 built a few years back, with a complete d[...]
Writing in the "Flight Journal," P-47 special issue, famed Grumman test pilot Corky Meyer - the last actual "airplane person" to head a major airplane company - named the P‑47 Thunderbolt the "best fighter of World War II ‑ ETO." As he pointed [...]
The P-47D “Hun Hunter XIV” is well-known, having appeared in the documentary “Thunderbolt” made by William Wyler and John Sturges during World War II.
Not much has been written about the 57th Fighter Group, the first USAAF unit to enter combat [...]
In 1910, Armand Deperdussin founded the Societe Provisoire des Aeroplanes Deperdussin (SPAD). The company built racing airplanes designed by Deperdussin; a monoplane designed by Chief Designer Louis Bechereau in 1913 set a world air speed recor[...]
René Fonck, leading French ace of World War I with 75 victories, said that the introduction of the SPAD VII fighter "...completely changed the face of aerial warfare".
The SPAD S.VII C.1 was the first of a series of single-seat biplane fighter[...]
The Bf-109G in Finnish Service:
During the Winter War of 1939-40, Finland obtained 24 Brewster B-239 fighters, which were the first completely-modern fighters to equip the air force. These were U.S. Navy F2A-1s, and became the first-line fighte[...]
The 352nd Fighter Group was constituted in Sept 1942 and activated at Bradley Field, Connecticut on October 1, 1942. Two of its squadrons, the 21st (later changed to the 486th) and the 34th (later changed to the 487th) had long histories, but l[...]
Since several people are doing Japanese aircraft for the Midway build, perhaps these shots of the disassembled Planes of Fame A6M5a Zero may be useful. This is a Nakajima-built airplane, and Steve Hinton - who has been directly involved in all [...]