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.

Albion AM463

Its time once again for a look at the scintillating world of airport service vehicles. Let’s take a look at an early-War fuel truck that served a critical need at a desperate time.

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Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat

Perhaps the aircraft most associated with the changing tide of the Pacific War, The F6F Hellcat was the key Naval fighter of the last part of the War. Let’s take a look at a complete game changer.

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Heinkel He 111H-3

Another of World War II’s “iconic” types, the He 111 became a symbol of irresistible Nazi air power in the opening months of the War. That lasted for about a year, until the invulnerability myth was shattered in the skies … Continue reading

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Sturmgeschutz III Ausf G

The German Wehrmacht remains a source of fascination to many history buffs, especially the array of interesting and imposing armored fighting vehicles. Yet Germany’s most produced AFV was the comparatively small StuG III.  Let’s look at the most produced variant … Continue reading

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Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XIX

Supermarine’s famous Spitfire is best known as a fighter, yet from early in the War it also served as a reconnaissance platform. So let’s look at a late War example of a photo-recon bird.

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Crusader Anti-Aircraft Mk III

Improving protection from air attack for armored formations proved to be a major concern for every combatant during World War II. Let’s look at a British response to that concern.

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North American P-51D Mustang

The Mustang has already been discussed at some length here, and will continue to be so. Because seriously, I have a lot of still unbuilt Mustang kits in my stash. This time, we’ll take a look at a model inspired by a … Continue reading

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