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A couple of Gents e-mailed me about my comments on National Geographic magazine color photos in the thread on U.S. Navy Non-Specular Blue Gray so here is a list of aviation related issues I've accumulated over the years.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ISSUES
This is a fairly complete list of the issues of the National Geographic Magazine that would be of interest to aircraft modelers from the W.W.II period, and a few from before and after. Most large cities have a bookstore that buys and sells back issues of "The Geographic" and flea markets are always a good place to be on the lookout. You just have to know what issues to look for.
W.W.I That's right, the "War to End All Wars"!
This issue has about 6 articles on various parts of the air war, mostly wartime propaganda but some very interesting photos. There is an article "Tales of the British Air Service" by Major William A. Bishop, an article on the French Air Force and one on the Italian Air Force. The one on the American Air Force is a short bit about all the promises of what we were going to accomplish in the air (and never did).
One short article "Aces amoung Aces" on the Aces, what else. A couple of interesting photos of one of Guynemer's Nieuports and one or two other aircraft.
This is a good one. "New Queen of the Seas" by Melville Grosvenor was an article that must have given the old battleship admirals a heart attack. No color photos but some very interesting black and white ones and an article that gives a picture of the kind of "Buck up the Home front" attitude that was a part of the Geographics style in the early war months.
"American Bombers Attacking From Australia" has a couple of good black and white photos of B-17's operating out of Australia, where else?. No color shots in this one but interesting just the same.
This has one article "They sustain the Wings" with a few interesting photos. It mainly deals with the program to train mechanics and ground personnel for the Army Air Forces. On Plate XIV of the article on wartime Washington is a color photo of some aircraft on display at Washington National Airport, and resplendent in non-specular blue grey and light grey is Koga's Zero. I remember seeing this bird when I was real young, and for years after I modeled all my Zeros on blue and grey. Hey! Who knew better in 1950?
Two good articles with some excellent color photos of early Navy Aircraft in the non-specular grey-blue and light grey color schemes and some excellent ones of Navy training planes in 1942 /43. The article titles are "Cruise on an Escort Carrier" by Melville Grosvenor and "Pocket Carriers fight the Submarines" which has 20 color photos. U.S. Navy fans will love this one.
First 2 articles, no color photos but interesting just the same. "Aerial Invasion of Burma" and "Gliders, Silent Weapons of the Sky". A couple of very nice shots of 1st Air Commando unit P-51a's and B-25's and a couple of nice shots of Col. Phil Cochran, (Flip Corkin) for you old enough to remember "Terry and the Pirates".
The last two articles are for Navy addicts. "Palms and Planes in the New Hebrides" is about Marine Air in the South Pacific and "Navy Wings over the Pacific" is a folio of 12 color shots taken aboard carriers. Some real nice color shots.
Not much, but one good color shot of Marine Corsairs under the palm trees in the article "Guilbert Islands in the Wake of Battle", see plate VIII.
"Eighth Air Force in England" is the article in this one. Eight pages of color photos of B17's and 24's, and some interesting interior shots as well. At the end is a short article with several color photos "Battleship Missouri comes of age".
"Saga of the Carrier Princeton" and "Take Off For Japan" are two articles that contain some 21 original National Geographic color photos and a number of black and white photos of the Naval Air Service in the Pacific War. The article on the Princeton covers her sinking in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The color photos are excellent
"Flying in the Blowtorch Era". 49 illustrations, 30 in color on the early jets and Muroc Dry Lake.
"Our Navy in the Far East". 40 illustrations, 30 in color. The Navy in the Far East at the end of the Korean War.
Two articles, "Aviation Looks Ahead on its Fiftieth Birthday" and "Fifty Years of Flight". 45 photos, 9 in color cover the history of flight. Mostly common stuff, but the other article, "Fact Finding for Tomorrow's Planes" takes us to Muroc, and the NASA center that was later named for the author, Hugh L.Dryden.
"Of Planes and Men" covers the USAF over the world, including Viet Nam, no one has realized what a mess Viet Nam was going to be when this was written, camouflage is not in evidence. The last article in this issue, "6000 Mile Walk in Space" is 8 pages of color photos of the Gemini mission in which Maj. Edward White set a new record for time outside the spaceship.
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