Academic journal article Air Power History

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Academic journal article Air Power History

From the Editor

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In this winter 2012 issue of Air Power History we begin with part 2 of Doug Dildy's "The Korean People's Air Force in the Fatherland Liberation War." Here Dildy details how the U.S. escalated the war in June 1950, by attacking NKPAF planes at their home bases. The Americans first attacked Kimpo and then Heijo airfields, destroying nineteen enemy planes. In July, U.S. Navy F9F Panthers and F4U Corsairs from the carrier USS Valley Forge joined SAC B-29s in attacking Yonpo airfield. After the smoke had cleared, the NKPAF had lost thirty-six more planes. Nevertheless, the North Koreans persisted and remained an important consideration for FEAF's combat operations.

The second featured article, by Darrel Dvorak, is a biography of Col. Clifford Heflin, the senior Army Air Forces commander of the Manhattan Project. But hold on, wasn't that Col. Paul Tibbits? Using Colonel Heflin's personal papers as well as other official documents, Dvorak corrects history. Indeed, he demonstrates how Heflin was left out despite being awarded a Distinguished Service Medal for his accomplishments.

In the third featured article, Forrest Marion recounts the story of the USAF Special Tactics Group during the 1989 invasion of Panama. Operation Just Cause aimed at safeguarding American lives; defending democracy; and combating drug trafficking. President George H.W. Bush added the mission to apprehend Manuel Noriega, Panama's dictator and to extradite him to the U. …

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