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.
The final issue for 2021 has begun appearing in mailboxes. The issue opens with a rare look at a Hungarian pilot with Oberleutnant Franz Čík of the Austro-Hungarian kaiserliche und königliche Luftfahrtruppen by Juraj Červenka. Issue Editor Mike O’Neal continues his examination of American training casualties at Issoudun, for the period May through August 1918. Lee Corbin looks at a surviving U. S. Navy seaplane hangar, still in use today albeit in a new role, in Fly Boys and Boat Boys. Greg VanWyngarden taps Charley Gosse, Charles Thomas and Mike O’Neal for assistance in Alan’s Albatros, which draws on a newly uncovered photo to provide some sidelights on the day. Russell Smith’s cover painting captures the event. In Tangible Links Charlie Walthall and Ted Huscher examine a war souvenir made from an Austrian propeller. Finally, Peter Kilduff reviews books of note in Between the Bookends.
The Autumn 2021 issue of Over the Front is out. Inside:
Air Casualties at Issoudun - Part 1 - Issue editor Michael O'Neal presents the first of a multi-part study of the fatal accidents at the 3rd AIC.
Vzfw Paul Raisig and the Bavarian Battlefliers of Schlasta 30b - Robert Tholl's quest to identify a grave marker leads to a sparkling account of a Bavarian ground attack unit.
Reincarnated Colors of a Warbird - Alan Toelle and Steve Ruffin combine talents to tell the story of a fascinating fabric insignia salvaged from a 103rd Aero Squadron SPAD andcurrently on display at the March Field Air Museum.
Halberstadt Evolution - Jack Herris presents a richly illustrated overview of the development of aircraft from the Halberstadt company.
Plus - Peter Kilduff's usual Between the Bookends book review column and a cover painting of Halberstadts in action by Russ Smith to round things out.
Volume 36 No. 2 is out. Most people should have their copy by November 1. Issue editor Peter Kilduff has put together a bang-up issue for your enjoyment (I read mine straight through, and that never happens).
In Gabriele D'Annunzio - Warrior Poet of the The Air Issue editor Peter Kilduff presents the fascinating war-time story of this well-known Italian Poet.
Sebastian Rosenboom weaves the tale of 10 victory Eastern Front ace Dietrich "Derk" Averes in World War 1; Rare Insight into Jasta "Ober Ost".
Edited by Peter Kilduff, Reminisces of a Bomber Observer - East and West, the wartime remembrances of Oskar Kuppinger, provide a unique glimpse into the airwar on two fronts.
German Air War Scenes #2 - Continuing from Part 1 which appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Over the Front, Peter Kilduff presents a handful of photographic vignettes.
With The Modelling Corner, Lance Krieg continues his informative column for the scale modelling community.
Plus - Peter Kilduff's usual Between the Bookends book review column, and the League's status in Between the Lines from President Dan Polglaze.