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Skyways coverSkyways is a great magazine that covers the "inter-war" years, 1920-1940. The January issue (which just became available) is devoted entirely to early models of the Taylor and Piper Cubs, to a total of 158 pages -- more of a coffee-table book than a magazine! It's quite an melange, from period advertisements and the occasional period magazine article, to detail drawings, models, restoration projects, and so on and on, enough reading to keep a Cub Driver occupied through this, the worst New England February in living memory. My only gripe with this splendid collection is that it mostly ignores the Piper J-3, which was the culmination of all those early models. (Well, some believe the PA-18 topped them all, but really, the Super Cub was not just a modification or an improvement but a whole new airplane, one intended for the postwar world.) It's not that the J-3 didn't fit the magazine's time frame: nearly 600 were built in 1938, over a thousand in 1939, and 1,780 in 1940. These were mature aircraft, though they had wooden spars and for the most part boasted engines smaller than the 65 hp Lycomings that we now regard as the standard Cub powerplant.

Since you won't find Skyways at the local drugstore or even at Barnes & Noble, you'll have to go to the magazine's website to get a copy ($10 for a downloaded PDF, $35.05 for the print edition). Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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Taildragger Tales: My late-blooming romance with a Piper Cub and her younger sisters. An ebook for the Amazon Kindle.

The High Country Illuminator
The High Country Illuminator: A tale of light and darkness and the ski bums of Avalon (fiction). Paperback or Kindle edition.

Incident at Muc
Incident at Muc Wa: The Vietnam novel that inspired the acclaimed Burt Lancaster movie, Go Tell the Spartans. Paperback or Kindle edition.

The Only
War We've Got
The Only War We've Got: A reporter's journal: the Vietnam War before it all went sour. Paperback or Kindle edition.

Poland's Daughter
Poland's Daughter - How I Met Basia, Hitchhiked to Italy, and Learned About Love, War, and Exile. "An extraordinary book" (Cosmopolitan Review). Paperback or Kindle edition.

Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942
Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers - "The exciting story of this legendary fighting force that wore American uniforms but Chinese insignia" (WWII magazine) Paperback or Kindle edition.

Lady & the Tigers
The Lady and the Tigers: Olga Greenlaw's 1942 account of her year with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China. Paperback or Kindle edition.

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