Snoopy and the Red Baron

In 1965, Charles Schulz published a Peanuts comic strip that would become one of Snoopy’s most famous daydreams. In the comic, he acts the part of a fighter pilot, complete with his Sopwith Camel dog house. His mission: hunt down the Red Baron. Snoopy would conjure many more imaginary battles with his nemesis over the…

Bring Back Nose Art

The Air Force has been deploying and supporting contingency operations non-stop for 25 years…and counting. Like running an endless marathon, it has taking its toll on the people, planes, and processes that support the mission. The people are by-far the most important of these. “Service,” now more than ever, needs be less about the grind…

Lafayette Escadrille, America’s First Combat Airmen

As World War I spread across Europe, the US remained reluctant to enter the conflict and remained so for almost three years. During this time, some Americans thought the US had a duty to enter the war and wanted to take a more active role. Several patriotic Americans volunteered to drive ambulances for the French…

Jerimiah Weed: The Truth of the Legend

The story of how shots of Jeremiah Weed came to be a fighter pilot tradition has been told many times, with more versions than you can imagine. And that is why its time to retell it. There are two things I really like about this story. First, unlike many traditions, it didn’t happen in any…

A Nickel on the Grass: The Real Story

Greek mythology states that the ferryman of Hades, Charon, requires payment of one coin to ferry a soul across the River Styx that separates the worlds of the living and the dead. Coins were typically placed in the mouths of loved ones before burial to ensure safe passage to the underworld. Over time this has…