Colin Owers provides an in-depth look at the development and production of the obscure Norman Thompson NT2B flying boat .
French author David Méchin reports on the devastating effects of the Spanish Flu epidemic on the French Air Service in 1918.
In “The Final Hours of Norman Prince” retired French Air Force General Daniel Bastien and frequent OTF contributor Steve Ruffin detail the final flight and subsequent death of Lafayette Escadrille founding member Norman Prince.
“Kaffe and Kuchen” is Robin Smith’s reminiscence of her lunch and interview with JG I pilot Hans Georg von der Osten.
An open letter comparing French aeronautical development to the US state of affairs by US Navy pilot (NA #11) Henry C. Mustin provides unique insight into the state of French Naval aviation. Issue Editor Colin Owers provides commentary.
The prolific Jon Guttman provides insights into Chris Hill’s reproduction rotary powered Fokker Triplane.
“The Initial burial site of Medal of Honor recipients Goettler and Bleckley” is the result of Doctor Peter Wever's search for the story of these 50th Aero Squadron airmen.
Issue Editor Charley Gosse has presented a truly international issue with articles on Guy Bertram Magley of the Lafayette Flying Corps by Charles Walthall & Dennis Gordon and The Lafayette Escadrille at Ham, April-May 1917 by Jean-Marc Simon. These are followed with a detailed history of the National Air & Space Museum’s Albatros D.Va in STROPP: Demise and Rebirth by Christophe Cony, Charles Gosse & Greg VanWyngarden. Carl Bobrow takes us to the Eastern Front with Voennyi Letchik Pyotr Nikolayevich Nesterov, and Charley Gosse gives us a detailed look at four Uniforms of the Lafayette Escadrille and Lafayette Flying Corps in the collection of the National Air & Space Museum.
The League Board of Directors has determined that we can't confidently plan a League Seminar for 2022. We are currently planning to have a 2023 Seminar in coordination with the National World War I Museum in Kansas City during the latter half of the year.
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.
Courtesy of Steve Suddaby, who also provided us with his Allied Bombing Missiion database, we have added the table of contents of the original Cross and Cockade to the Table of Contents.
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.