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.

Mitsubishi A6M1 Zero

Part of the first wave of great World War II fighters, the first flight of Mitsubishi’s famous Zero came on April 1, 1939. Let’s take a look at an important type that was so secret it was almost entirely unnoticed … Continue reading

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Gloster Gladiator Mk I

At the start of World War II every combatant still had hardware that looked like leftovers from the previous era. But some of those weapons were very effective in the right hands. Let’s look at a British plane and a … Continue reading

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Road Trip!

My wife, her parents and I spent a few days out of town this last week, and I wanted to share some things relevant, at least tangentially relevant, to this website. First day was at that long time favorite destination … Continue reading

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Theme Build 3

Prototypes I think most often when we think of prototype aircraft its as the first example of some famous type. But of course the term actually has much broader usage. There are actually four completely different sorts of prototypes I’ll … Continue reading

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Krupp Kfz.70 Protze

This common 6 x 4 medium duty truck served the Wehrmacht throughout the War years. Let’s take a brief look.

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Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress

Perhaps the most famous Flying Fortress of them all, the Memphis Belle flew combat at a time when casualty rates for bombers was pretty high. Its claim to fame was as the first such bomber to complete a full tour … Continue reading

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Bedford MWD

Time for another look at a workhorse vehicle, a “general duty” truck from the British Bedford brand. This will be a quick look.

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The Eastern Fleet and the Indian Ocean by Charles Stephenson

An intriguing recent history of the Royal Navy’s fleet in the Indian Ocean through most of the Pacific War. Subtitled “The Fleet That Had to Hide” which pretty much sums up the challenge. This is one of those little known … Continue reading

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Salute to Canada by The Yankee Air Force

This last weekend (6/12 & 6/13) the Yankee Air Museum, at Willow Run Airport, hosted a mini Air Show scheduled for just two hours each evening. They kicked off the evening with their own flying collection doing fly bys, this … Continue reading

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North American P-51D Mustang

Among the better known American fighter groups of the Second World War, the 332nd Fighter Group made a name for itself in Italy. Let’s take a look at a plane and a pilot that saw action in the Group’s largest … Continue reading

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