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Who Won the War of 1812?

September 24, 2023

In both the British Parliament and the Foreign Office, many influential MPs and diplomats were still smarting from the loss of the Thirteen Colonies in 1783. They viewed the United States as a rebellious child that had run amok and needed to be taught a lesson. Eventually, English politicians thought the U.S. would come to its senses and rejoin the Empire. As a result, the British Parliament passed laws knowing they would anger U.S. citizens. Yet, despite the animosity caused by the British Parliament’s high-handed actions, the United Kingdom remained the U.S.’s largest trading partner.

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Doomed to Failure and Disgrace

September 17, 2023

Madison and his secretary of war, William Eustis, now had a war on their hands. When they took office, they inherited an Army and Navy that had been horribly underfunded since the end of the war against the Barbary Pirates in 1805.

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The Navy’s Unpreparedness for War in 1812

September 10, 2023

When James Madison asked for a declaration of war in June 1812, the U.S. Navy only had 14 ships capable of operating outside coastal waters. Once again, the U.S. Navy would face the well-trained and equipped battle-tested Royal Navy.

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First Bank of the United States

September 3, 2023

Hamilton was convinced that unless the U.S. got its monetary house in order, it would fail as a country. Goal one was to bring financial order to the U.S. economy. After the War for Independence ended, each state was chartering banks, and there were no standardized rules for their charters, reserves, or how they operated. Hamilton wanted the Federal bank at the top of the financial pyramid with the state banks one level down.

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"No Warrior Left Behind – The Untold Story of HC-7" is in production.

From the Hac's Seat

The Ultimate Confined Area

October 3, 2022

If you read much about helicopters, whether in the military or the civilian world, you’ll find references to landing in confined areas. These could be a small helipad with buildings,…

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Fun & Dumb

The Dumbest Flight I Ever Made

January 3, 2022

Taking off on a flight right after you learn your mother only has months to live is, well dumb. Then, to fly into IFR conditions, well that’s dumber. And then, to scud run down a mountain valley is even dumber. But I survived to tell the tale. Now you can learn and read from it!!!

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March 2023, Eagle Forum – “Is Taiwan Secure?”


Articles from Military History Now.com


September 9th, 2022 -Hellcat vs. Focke-Wulf - How Did the U.S. Navy Warplane Stack Up Against Germany's FW-190? -https://militaryhistorynow.com/2022/09/07/hellcat-vs-focke-wulf-how-did-the-u-s-navy-warplane-stack-up-against-germanys-fw-190/

August 22nd, 2022 - Nordic Buffalos – How an Obsolete U.S. Navy Warbird Found a New Lease On Life in Finland’s War With the U.S.S.R. - https://militaryhistorynow.com/2022/08/22/nordic-buffalos-how-an-obsolete-u-s-navy-warbird-found-a-new-lease-on-life-in-finlands-war-with-the-u-s-s-r/

May 3rd, 2022 – MiG vs. Panther – Inside the Cold War Dogfight That Never Happened - https://militaryhistorynow.com/2022/05/03/panther-vs-mig-inside-the-cold-war-dogfight-that-officially-never-happened/

March 5th, 2022 – The Tyranny of Distance - https://militaryhistorynow.com/2022/03/06/tyranny-of-distance-how-overcoming-geography-was-key-to-the-allied-victory-in-ww2/



October 3rd, 2021 - Mustang Versus Corsair, Which Is the Better Fighter - https://militaryhistorynow.com/2021/10/03/mustang-vs-corsair-inside-the-u-s-navys-1944-match-up-between-the-two-fighters/

August 12th, 2021 – Dogfighting – A Primer on Fighter Combat in World War II - https://militaryhistorynow.com/2021/08/12/dogfighting-a-primer-on-fighter-combat-in-world-war-two/

July 17th, 2021 - F4U Corsair – A Brief History of America’s Legendary Gull-Winged Fighter - https://militaryhistorynow.com/2021/07/17/the-f4u-corsair-a-brief-history-of-americas-legendary-gull-winged-fighter/

May 5th, 2021 - HMS Victorious - Meet the British Carrier that Joined the U.S. Navy in WW2  -


March 28th, 2021 - "U.S.S. Ranger - Meet the Only Original U.S. Carrier to Fight in the Atlantic"


February 10th, 2021 - "The Thunderbirds Go to War"


January 19th, 2021 - "Wildcat versus the Zero - Resetting the Record" -



Article from AERO Magazine (Hungarian) 

May 2021 - Száznegyven helikopter éles bevetésen | English Translation
Online: https://airbase.blog.hu/2021/06/07/tizennegy_nemzet_szaznegyven_helikopter


Ski Industry Articles

October, 2021 - "Market Update: Senior Skiers by the Numbers," NSAA JOURNAL, Fall 2021 issue. 

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Focke-Wulf 190D versus the F4U Corsair

By 1943, the variants of the FW-190 were in many Luftwaffe units. When the type was first introduced in the spring of 1941, it outclassed the Spitfire Vs flown by the RAF. In June 1941, FW-190s shot down 15 Spitfire Vs without a loss and then again in August, 25 more Spitfire Vs went down…