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.

OptiVisor

I’m not normally big on product placement or advertising, but I did want to mention this new gadget. And no, it’s not really new! The product has been around for so many years it has number of copy-cats, some are … Continue reading

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIe

The final Merlin-engined Mark of Supermarine’s famous product entered service in October 1944 and remained in service until well into the post-War period. Let’s look at a late War Spitfire.

Posted in Britain, Canada, Fighter | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Vought F4U-1a Corsair

I imagine this type needs little introduction. Let’s take a look at a Corsair flown by the type’s most famous pilot.

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Lockheed P-38J Lightning

Perhaps the single most famous P-38 of all time. Let’s take a look at a Lightning flown by the top US ace of all time.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIb

A clear problem with early War British fighters was a lack of heavy firepower. Let’s take a look at the first production model to overcome that shortfall.

Posted in Britain, Fighter, Poland | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Lavochkin LaGG-3

When Nazi Germany launched their War against the Soviet Union in June, 1941, the Soviet Air Force had just started an aggressive modernization program. Let’s take a look at one of those new types just getting into service.

Posted in Fighter, Soviet Union | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Thought for Today

I remember as a young teen, just getting interested in World War II and aircraft, the CAF B-17 “Texas Raiders” was the first warbird I ever saw. And the first I ever toured. Spent a lot of time one Saturday … Continue reading

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North American P-51C Mustang

Another look at a combatant from the least known of the major theaters of operation. Let’s take a look at a successful CBI pilot and aircraft.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa

The first American ace of World War II scored his fifth kill before his homeland was even in the War. Let’s take a look at a significant, if lesser known accomplishment.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2

By Spring of 1942 the first mass produced variant of the Bf 109 “G” was entering combat service. Let’s take a look at one from that year, and an important fighter pilot.

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