The League Board of Directors has determined that we can't confidently plan a League Seminar for 2021. We are currently planning to have a 2022 Seminar in coordination with the National World War I Museum in Kansas City during the latter half of the year.
The first issue of 2021, Volume 36 No. 1 has begun shipping. So renew now, if you haven't already. Here's what you have to look forward to in the issue from Managing and Issue Editor Mike O'Neal:
We Were Told What to Write by Hugh Harrington examines the accuracy of the history of the 96th Aero Squadron as published in the Gorrell Reports.
A Bad Day at Issoudun by Michael O'Neal presents a detailed look at the three fatal accidents on 16th August 1918 at the 3rd AIC, Issoudun.
Let the Tree Lie by Richard Dobbins is a study of how and why Quentin Roosevelt's remains were moved to the US Cemetery at Normandy when his parents explicitly requested he remain buried where he fell.
With A Short History of the School of Military Aeronautics at Princeton University,Michael O'Neal takes a look at operations and organization of the ground school at Princeton.
Documenting WW1 in the Sky by Darroch Greer takes us behind the cameras for the filming of two WW 1 documentaries covering the First Yale Unit and the Lafayette Escadrille.
In Arthur Billard 13th Aero, Michael O'Neal gives a short biography of Lt. Arthur Billard.
A Pfalse Pfalz?, Mikael Carlsson's near perfect replica of the obscure Pfalz D.VIII is the subject of Jon Guttman's article.
As President Dan Polglaze said in Between the Lines in Volume 35 No. 3, we (mostly he) have been delving through our back issues to create the first-ever complete Table of Contents for every issue of OTF published to date. In it you'll find titles, authors, volume, issue and page references, and major topics for each article. It's all in the form of an Excel spreadsheet so you can download your own copy and sort, search and modify it as much as you want. Can't wait to get started? Download a copy here. We'll try, now that we've got it, to keep it updated as each new issue comes out, but may fall behind.
Renewal forms, both PDF (for mail-in) and web store, are now available. Mike O'Neal promises another packed year of content, and is pushing to get all the way back on track. He and his team of Issue Editors are hard at work on the next four issues even as I write. So renew now and ensure you get the next year uninterrupted. It's still a bargain at a base price of $65/year (US 4th Class Mail; don't forget to select the appropriate mail option for your location and desired delivery speed). To add a note of realism here, I chose the First Class option, and received Vol. 35 #4 in mid-February while Board members who opted for 4th Class mail were still waiting for Vol. 35 #3. Not us, folks - that's the U. S. Postal Service, who are now charging not for delivery but for storage.
What is in store for 2021? We’re hoping that we can put together an in-person seminar, but that’s still up in the air. We will be publishing more great content. Upcoming articles, at least some of which will appear in 2021, include Lt. Arthur Billard, 13th Aero Squadron; Native Americans in the US Air Service; short histories of one or more of Escadrilles SPA 92, SPA 98, SPA 157; Winslow’s first victory photo essay; accident analysis at Issoudun; Reminiscences of Oskar Kuppinger, bomber observer; Gotha Hunters – A History of 44 Squadron RFC/RAF; and much more.
Volumes 21 through 30 are now being sold at a mere $40/volume, or $15/issue for the single issues. So now is the time to fill in some of the gaps in your collection. Some issues are sold out; there's a line through the cover illustration on those and the we are not offering the volume they would be in. Volumes 31-34 are $60 each, with individual issues $20 a copy. Where they are available, Volumes before Volume 21 are $20 each. Single issues are still $15 for issues in those volumes.