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.

Kawasaki Ki-45 Nick

This twin was Japan’s attempt at a twin engine “heavy fighter”. Serving from 1942 to the end of the War, the Ki-45 can be regarded a reasonable entry to the genre.

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Isuzu TX40

Once again, I fearlessly embrace utilitarian over anything actually interesting! So let’s take a (hopefully) brief look at something necessary.

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Theme Build 1 – Complete

Light Aircraft (Liaison/Support/Training) That was fun, and took a little longer than I expected. I don’t think I’ll revisit this theme, but I still have another Stearman and Bf 108 that will show up some other way at a later … Continue reading

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Polikarpov U-2

Looking like a relic from the previous War, this trainer found widespread use in the Soviet air force from before to after World War II. Let’s look at a type that seemed lost in time yet provided valuable service.

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North American P-51D Mustang

The 356th Fighter Group was among the lesser known, but more colorfully marked units of the 8th Air Force.

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Curtiss SB2C-4E Helldiver

From an outside view it seems clear the War was all but over at the start of 1945, but for those involved combat remained intense and relentless towards an Apocalyptic end. Bombing 84 (VB-84) on the USS Bunker Hill had … Continue reading

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb trop

Malta An epic 29 month siege of the strategic island of Malta was a central part of the Mediterranean Campaign. Like the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire became the Allies’ iconic image of that fight.

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Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Kaydet

Among the important, War winning hardware we rarely consider are the all important trainers. So let’s take a look at a well known Primary Trainer.

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Petlyakov Pe-2

We’ve already talked about how the great bulk of Soviet air power was destroyed in vast quantities at the start of the War in the East. But of course there’s far more to the story than that. Let’s take a … Continue reading

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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Republic’s big fighter is best known for its epic battles over Germany, and later for its role as a close support heavy weight. Yet it also played a role in the Pacific War. Let’s take a look.

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