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Volume 31 No. 2, Summer 2016 Issue Now Shipping

Two views of the same aircraft that give different impressions of its color scheme.Two views of the same aircraft that give different impressions of its color scheme.The Summer 2016 issue begins with “Remarks on the Study of the Markings and Paint Schemes of the German Jagdstaffeln of the First World War” by Bruno Schmäling. Herr Schmäling shares his perspective – gained from decades of experience and personal interviews with some of the surviving pilots and their families in the 1970s and 1980s – on determining how and why certain Jagdstaffeln (fighter units) and their pilots painted their aircraft the way they did. A thorough, logical review of available resources, information and methodologies is given in this well-illustrated article that should be a “must” for all World War I aircraft marking enthusiasts.

“The Use and Performance of French Bombers in the ‘Grand Guerre,’ by Steve Suddaby, is a statistical assessment, based on the author’s database of nearly 3,000 French bombing raids, of how French aircraft were used and performed as bombers. All the well-known types (Voisin, Caudron, Maurice Farman, Breguet) are included as well as the airships and British Sopwiths employed by the French Air Service for such purposes. Various factors such as flight altitude, duration, bomb load capacity and reliability are considered and addressed in this fresh look at France’s efforts to bring the war to the enemy during World War I.

“Paul Bäumer’s Parachute Escape – His Own Account” is just that – the German ace’s own story, translated by Adam Wait, of his escape from a burning airplane using one of Germany’s not-always-reliable parachutes. Editor Greg VanWyngarden does his usually thorough job of providing supplemental information and photographs that place the account in the wider context of German parachutes and their use during the Great War.

Wade Eakle and Brent Moné detail the history and use of Nieuport 28 originals and replicas provided for a mulitude of films in “Saving Garland Lincoln’s ‘Nieuport 28.’”  Lincoln was a pilot who served with the 14th Aero Squadron, USAS, during the closing months of the war. Following its end, he bought four Nieuport 28s that he used to create three flightworthy aircraft for use in American films such as Hell’s Angels (1930) and The Dawn Patrol (1930).  Eventually, the originals wore out and Lincoln had a replica built that enjoyed a long history of movie roles and changed hands several times. Finally, it ended up in Brent Moné’s hands who has been restoring it to flying condition.

A portion of the Jagdstaffel 18 diorama on display in Germany.We have a special treat for our modelers in “The Modeling Corner: Jagdstaffel 18 Diorama” by Rainer Absmeier and Uwe Sierts. The authors provide a detailed and sometimes humorous account of how a team of model builders went about creating a large diorama display featuring the famously red-nosed and red-winged aircraft of Jagdstaffel 18. But that’s not all: it also includes wooden and ‘canvas’ hangars, mechanics and their equipment and even a captured DH.4, DH.9 and SPAD XIII. The award-winning display can now be viewed by the public at Munich’s Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim.

Last but not least, we have the final installment of Stewart K. Taylor’s “Röth’s 19th: Lt T.C. Martin, 85 Squadron, RAF – Part II.” Taylor concludes the brief military career of T.C. Martin that ended abruptly on 12 August 1918 when he was shot down by German ace Friedrich Röth. But the story does not end there. Some of the men and families from both sides of the event got in contact with one another after the war, with some surprising results.

This issue introduces a new column, “In the Cockpit,” by Blaine Pardoe. Blaine intends to assess Great War aerial combat games on a routine basis for our readers and kicks off this effort with a look at “Sky Baron: War of Planes,” for use on mobile devices.

In our “Between the Lines” column, President Michael O’Neal provides more details on the League’s upcoming seminar, “The Centennial of Aviation Warfare – Part II,” to be held in Dayton OH on 28-30 September 2016.

“Between the Bookends” gives our readers in-depth  reviews of 14 recent publications centered on World War I aviation that were conducted by Peter Kilduff, Carl Bobrow, Jim Streckfuss and Lothair Vanoverbeke.

Finally, a mail-in order form for Over the Front journal protective binders will be inserted in this issue for those readers who do not wish to use the website’s order form.

  • OTF Binders Available

    Binders for your Over the Front collection MINIMIZE COMBAT DAMAGE … …to your copies of Over the Front with these protective binders. Each one holds four issues, perfect for protecting your journals from hangar rash. These deep blue hardcover binders carry the Over the Front logo and volume number stamped in gold on the spine, making an attractive bookshelf display. They are identical to those supplied in the past. Binders are available in lots of 5. Each set of 5 costs $62.50, which includes...

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  • First Air War Symposium - Fall 2016

    Saturday, September 10, 2016, 11AM to 4:30PM The League of WWI Aviation Historians & The World War One Historical Association present:Second Annual First Air War Symposium.  The meeting takes place at the Forum Lecture Hall at Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA. Join us for our second annual First Air War Symposium, featuring presentations, exhibits, table-top gaming from Stan Kubiak's Aerodrome Aerial Combat Games, Casemate Publishers, book dealers, art print dealers, raffle...

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  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting - Autumn 2016

    Saturday – September 17th, 2016 Will be the 21st meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the League of World War I Aviation Historians. The meeting is at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On the Hangar Floor Level, Classroom 2a and2b...

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  • Dallas-Fort Worth Video share of Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting

    · Saturday, September 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM · Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field, Dallas TX 6911 Lemmon Ave. (just north of W. Mockingbird Lane), Dallas, TX · This will be a bit of an experiment for us. The majority of our meeting will be in the form of a video seminar live from the Udvar-Hazy facility of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It will allow us to interact directly from experts in the field of WWI aviation. We will have about an hour at midday between the...

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  • League Biennial Seminar - 2016

    “Lafayette, We Are Here” The Centennial of Aviation Warfare – Part 2 2016 League Biennial Seminar, Dayton, Ohio, September 28-30, 2016

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  • Sex, Planes and Disasters

    1916: Sex, Planes, and Disasters! - Fall 2016 Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22, 2016  The World War One Historical Association in partnership with the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation presents 1916: Sex, Planes, and Disasters! - Our Annual Symposium. The meeting takes place at the MacArthur Memorial, Norfolk, VA.

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