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.

Brewster Buffalo Mk I

Time for another look at that favorite American symbol of defeat and futility. This time, a Buffalo in Kiwi service and the defense of Singapore.

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Daimler Dingo Mk II

Every combatant had some light vehicles designed with speed and communications as their function. Let’s take a look at a common sight everywhere British and Commonwealth forces fought from Sitzkrieg to VJ Day and beyond.

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Yokosuka MXY-7 Baka

This small, rocket-assisted glider was actually classified as “ordnance” by its operator and was really the world’s first production smart missile. Let’s take a look at something only one combatant would have even considered building.

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IAR 80

Among the lesser known combatants of World War II there are also many lesser known weapons. Romania was among those that developed indigenous designs to avoid being wholly dependent on any of the larger powers. Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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Jagdpanther

As the war between Germany and Russia continued into 1943 the Wehrmacht continued to seek more powerful, more capable weapons to deal with the Soviet masses. Join me for a look at one of the more successful such designs.

Posted in Armor, Germany | Tagged , , | 21 Comments

Special Treat

I recently finished a different, rather exotic sort of project.  This is one I’ll remember for years, or well days anyway. Join me after the jump for something well outside of my normal genre.

Posted in Miscellaneous | 17 Comments

Boeing B-29 Superfortress

This large, strategic bomber is closely associated with the final phase of the defeat of Japan and the end of World War Two. Between its expense, troubled development and role in that apocalyptic end it manages to be controversial to … Continue reading

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