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Volume 31 Number 4, Winter 2016 - Time to Renew

League President Michael O’Neal says farewell to retiring Managing Editor Lance Bronnenkant in “Between the Lines.”


The Winter 2016 issue kicks off with Peter Kilduff’s The 88th Aero Squadron, USAS “Flying Cowboy” insignia“Cowboys of the Air: A History of the 88th Aero Squadron, USAS,” which as the title states is the story of one of the US Air Service’s 18 operational observation units that served in World War I. This carefully researched account begins with the unit’s origin in August 1917 and chronologically highlights several of its missions and the men who carried them out, including one action in which all of the American participants were awarded France’s Croix de Guerre. The 88th Aero Squadron was one of the few American squadrons to remain in service after the war and its “Flying Cowboy” insignia is still employed today by the USAF’s 436th Training Squadron.


Dieter Gröschel then tells the story of one way in which Germany aided Turkey in “Providing Airplanes to Turkey in 1915: A Difficult Task for the German Aviation Commands in Southern Hungary.” With belligerent or neutral countries physically separating the two allies, covert methods often had to be created to attempt to bring German aircraft to the Ottoman Empire. Gröschel describes those intriguing efforts – some of which succeeded and others of which did not –and provides several tables detailing the men and aircraft that were involved.


Lt Kenneth P. Culbert, US Marine CorpsThe interesting story of “Lieutenant Kenneth P. Culbert: The First USMC Aviator in the Pantheon of US Army Air Heroes” is told by Terrence Finnegan. Culbert, a Harvard man, was assigned to the USAS’s 1st Aero Squadron as an observer and eventually became the first US Marine Corps aviator to be awarded an honor in combat. Finnegan provides a detailed narrative of Culbert’s wartime experiences and accomplishments – one of which earned him the Silver Star – that is supplemented by several photos of the man and his unit.

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Greg VanWyngarden examines one of Germany’s most successful and numerous aircraft of the war in “The LVG C.V – A Photo Essay.” His richly illustrated account of the type begins with its design history and then delves into the colors, camouflage and markings applied to the type throughout its two years of service. This article will be a key resource for years to come for persons investigating the C.V and for model builders in particular.


While researching American aircraft, author Robert Casari encountered an unexpected version of “alternative facts” and decided to write about it in “Discovering the Fake Navy Aircraft Record Cards.” Casari carefully examines key records that were once considered definitive regarding the first US Navy’s first airplanes and explains how and why they inadvertently became corrupted.


The late Gary Sunderland provided a complete and authoritative account of “Designing at Albatros.” Sunderland made good use of his considerable experience as an engineer and aviator in compiling this work, which offers numerous interesting insights into the inner workings of the Albatros Flugzeugwerke. The article is supplemented with multiple photographs of the people and aircraft types highlighted in the text.


Lance Krieg tells the story of his rendition of 1/Lt Charles H. Woolley’s 95th Aero Squadron mount in “The Modeling Corner: Another Nieuport 28.” Krieg built the Nieuport 28 model as a presentation piece to Woolley’s son, Charlie.


The issue closes with our recurring columns, “Mentioned in Despatches,” “In the Cockpit” and “Between the Bookends” (where 12 recent World War I aviation-related publications are reviewed by Peter Kilduff, Carl Bobrow, Jon Guttman, James Miller and Aaron Weaver).


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