Author Archives: atcDave

About atcDave

I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.

Panzerjager Tiger (P) Elefant

An odd, improvised weapon that had serious anti-tank ability. Let’s take a look at a sort of quasi-Tiger.

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Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 Zero

Air Raid, Pearl Harbor! Obviously the most famous Japanese fighter of World War II. The US military was abruptly introduced to the type on December 7, 1941. Let’s take a look at a participant in that attack.

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Race of Aces by John R. Bruning

This book is really a fascinating look at the competition among the top pilots of the 5th Air Force. I would guess most visitors to this site know that the top two American Aces of World War II came from … Continue reading

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GMC CCKW

Love that catchy title! Truck nomenclature is definitely a bit odd. But of course, trucks themselves are hugely important in any modern military.

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Curtiss P-40B Warhawk

December 7, 1941 I’ll assume we all know that date! Despite all the should’ves and could’ves, the Japanese achieved complete surprise against the US Navy base at Pearl Harbor and the surrounding military installations on Oahu, Hawaii. Most American air … Continue reading

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Status Update

I had a few minutes, so I thought I’d make a couple of quick comments that likely interest no one… I have been working fast, and I hope this will continue for quite some time. Since I retired I have … Continue reading

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Northrop P-61B Black Widow

Northrop’s big Black Widow was the largest allied fighter of World War II. Let’s look at the nocturnal air war and a weapon design for that purpose.

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Opel Blitz

At this site we’ve mostly looked at weapons and weapon systems of the Second World War.  But every now and then its fun to look at the more mundane, yet essential machines every military had in substantial numbers. So let’s … Continue reading

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Messerschmitt Bf 109K-4

Messerschmitt’s Bf 109 was one of a handful of types that was in service from the first day of World War II to VE Day. No doubt it developed a great deal over that period.  Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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KV-2

Continuing the theme of ludicrous looking AFVs, the Soviet KV-2 was an early War monster. Let’s take a look at another tank who’s design aesthetic was inspired by Warner Brothers.

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