The ever fascinating history of the German Army Airships, in this case the short-lived SL-11, is the subject of the first article in the issue. Excerpted from a book by the late Andreas Horn is a peek into the larger work Herr Horn was working on before his untimely passing.
Peter Fedders breaks down the air war over Verdun continuing his analytical approach to the air war above the milestone events in the ground war.
Jack Herris dovetails the development of the Gotha G 1 and UWD with the recent release of the wonderful 1/32 model kit of these unusual German aircraft by Wing Nut Wings.
The unusual Otto C.II is the subject of Jack’s final article for the winter journal.
A personal pilgrimage to Cappy France on the 100th Anniversary of the death of the Red Baron provides the fodder for Dick Bennett and Ted Huscher’s article “In the Propwash of the Red Baron”.
Finally, returning to lighter-than-air craft, David C. Isley looks at the fall of Airship SS Z 51
OTF Managing Editor Mike O’Neal contrasts the experiences of two brothers’ journey to the front line squadrons in “The Nutt Brothers in WW 1”
First time contributors Annette Carson and Lynn Williams team up to present a visual and written snapshot of the career of South African Captain D V Armstrong, Camel pilot supreme.
Also contributing for the first time, the current historian for the 12th Aero Squadron, Daniel Pool definitively demystifies the unit insignia.
The obscure story of the Flying Corps at Princeton University in 1917 is the subject of another of Managing Editor Michael O’Neal’s offerings.
The brief biography of New Jersey native and 2nd Oxford Detachment cadet Harold Bulkley rounds out the issue.
Hanns Gerd Rabe, with editorial help from Peter Kilduff, recounts Rabe’s experiences as a member of Flieger Abteilung (A) 253. A wonderful compilation of personal reminisces, well written and descriptive, presents the view of the air war from the observer cockpit from a soldier “who was there”.
Herr Rabe recounts the final days of the war and the chaos which followed in his beloved squadron in “The Collapse of FA(A) 253.”
The biographies of a handful of Osnabruck aviators are presented in Peter Kilduffs usual well-researched style in “Osnabruck Fliers in WW 1”
“Was the Red Baron Murdered ?” OTF Assistant Managing Editor and founding member Peter Kilduff explores the persistent account that Rittmeister von Richthofen was murdered on the ground following his downing on 21 April 1918.
Oft-published author Jon Guttman expands the work of the late Bill Bailey to present the history of French Escadrille SPA 97
In “Why We Ignore the Reconn Flyer” ,Past OTF President and Managing Editor Jim Streckfuss explores why the important role of the reconn crews is so sparsely covered.
Jon Guttmann again digs into the obscure to present the biographies of Italian Expatriates in the French Air Service.
Jon Grech takes on the biography of RAF pilot, POW-escapee and American, Lt. Pat O’Brien.
A wonderful photo essay by Peter Kilduff, entitled “German Scenes”, presents a crisp look at daily aerial operation during the great war.
Lance Krieg rounds out the issue with his rotating column “Modellers Corner” examining his Sopwith Camel builds.