Arthur Chin - Chinese American Ace

chin 0In the early morning of August 3rd, 1938, over 70 Japanese A5M fighters escorting 18 Mitsubishi G3M Bombers (type 96) of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) were detected to be in route to Wuhan, China. The Japanese and Chinese had been fighting an undeclared war since July of 1937 when Japanese Army forces invaded North China. By July of 1938, China had lost much territory in the North, its great port of Shanghai, and its capital, Nanjing (Nanking). Instead of suing for peace as the Japanese military was hoping, the Chinese government under Generalissimo Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-Shek) moved the capital to Wuhan – the 2nd largest Chinese city at the time. The IJN had been bombing Wuhan since Feb of that year and as the Chinese Air Force defended its new capital, the largest air battles in China were being fought over her skies.

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P39 - Old Crow

p1000224 This is Eduard's reboxing of the Accurate Miniature P39 - with decals for WW2 triple ace Clarence "Bud" Anderson's first 'Old Crow'.  Done right out of the box.  






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Western Museum of Flight

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Western Museum of Flight is located in Torrance, CA, about 45 minutes away from downtown Los Angeles (the infamous LA traffic permitting of course).  It's a small museum in located at the Zamperini Air Field - named after Louis Zamperini, Olympic track and field athelete, B-24 Bombadier, and eventually Japanese POW. His POW story was told in the movie Unbreakable. Despite the small size, it has some very unique piece not to be missed. Among them, the YF-23 prototype (competitor to F-22) - only 1 of 2 in the world, a British Sea Harrier, and an open cockpit F-5E. Unlike some other open cockipits which are rare in itself now days, this one has everything intact. Not to be missed.

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Military Aviation Museum - VIrginia Beach



 The Military Aviation Musuem in Virginia Beach is a surprisingly well stocked museum. The highlight would be the Junkers, taking up a lot of room inside the hanger. There also also large number of Luftwaffe '46 type reproductions, as these planes were never built beyond the planning stage or simple models.

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MacArthur Memorial



The MacArthur Memorial is a small museum in Norfolk Virginia dedicated to General Douglas MacArthur.  The larger than life American general is lionized here for his accomplishments, discerning students of history may have wished for a more critical look at the roles he played in the Philipines and in Korea.  However, overall a great museum to see artifacts and documents related to not just his life from Westpoint graduate to retirement, but also the events that he directly help shape.

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No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden - Mark Owen

This book became a quick best seller that is a first person account of US Navy SEAL Team Six's killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakinstan. Written by then SEAL Matt Bissonnette and Journalist Hotler Maurer, the story starts off with Bissonnette's training in for SEAL Team six, the elite group within the already selective Navy SEAL. The official name for Team Six is US Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and we learn that the team numbers were created somewhat randomly to confuse foreign intelligence. In any case, the books is a well written terse description of SEAL training and specifically the additional qualifications required to join Team Six.  The bulk of the book as expected is a blow by blow account of the raid on Bin Laden's compound.  Along the way, we learn much about how these operations are carried out, what can go wrong, and also a dash of the author's somewhat not well hidden distain for the those who command instead of 'doing'. Other than that, the book is relatively clear of politics, instead it’s a well written and will be one of the key primary sources on this chapter of 21st Century history.