Speaking of AVG veterans, I've always been entranced by the career of Henry Olson, also of the 3rd Squadron, who was called "Little Olson" to distinguish him from the squadron leader. Like so many men back from the war, he wildly exaggerated his feats, only to get so caught up in the pretense that he was persuaded to run for Congress. Fortunately he didn't make it, whereupon he joined the air force, became the pilot he had pretended to be, and by golly became a certified hero in the European theater, flying a P-47 Thunderbolt. Here he is as a flight cadet in 1943, again boasting of his Flying Tiger heroics. (At least he no longer claimed to have flown in combat!) A tip of the virtual hat to Chris Davis, who found this article online at Army Air Forces Collection. Read more about the talented Mr Olson here.
Most of my friends are on the left of the political spectrum, and they'll never forgive me for saying this, but -- I love military rifles! And here is the weapon to end all military weapons, the XM25. According to a company press release, the rifle "has been in development for about seven years and the first prototypes have been doled out to combat units in Afghanistan.... The 12-pound, 29-inch system, which costs up to $35,000 per unit, is so sophisticated that soldiers are proficient users literally within minutes.... At $45/round it is a real bargain!" Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it is certainly a game changer -- if it works. For more about this remarkable gadget, to go War in the Modern World.
Edward Jay Epstein is something of a debunker of conspiracy theories, beginning with the Warren Commission that investigated the murder of JFK -- over half a century of investigative reporting, and he doesn't seem the least bit tired. How America Lost Its Secrets thoroughly debunks the notion that Edward Snowdon was a whistleblower, let alone the patriot that the loony left has tried to make of him. Snowden stole millions of military and intelligence secrets, most having nothing whatever to do with NSA's supposed "surveilliance state," many endangering the lives of men and women who worked for the U.S. and altogether setting back America's security by years or decades. He handed all this stuff to Russia, and probably to China, and you can imagine what uses Vladimir Putin will find for it.
For more about my reading last month, both dutiful and entertaining, see the Warbird's Book Club. Blue skies! — Dan Ford
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