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Articles by Todd Neikirk:

F-104 Starfighter: The Lightweight Fighter-Bomber Nicknamed ‘The Widow Maker’

F-104 Starfighter in flight

Throughout the 20th century, aviation missions grew much safer. That didn’t mean, however, that some aircraft were more safe than others. Following the Korean War,…

Legendary Battles That Would Make Outstanding Films

Artist's depiction of the Battle of Belleau Wood + Swedish machine gunner aiming a machine gun in the snow

War movies have been popular for as long as films have existed. As a result, some of the more popular subjects have been completely exhausted.…

Gabby Gabreski: Flying Ace of World War II and the Korean War

Military portrait of Gabby Gabreski

The first air battles in American war history occurred during World War I, of which the top US pilot was Eddie Rickenbacker. They became more…

Things People Get Wrong About the Boston Tea Party

Artist's depiction of the Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party is one of the most famous events in American history. However, it has become difficult to separate mythology from fact, like…

Dan Daly: The Legendary Marine of Big Words and Bigger Deeds

Military portrait of Dan Daly + Dan Daly being presented with the Médaille militaire

“My God! Do you mean he’s real? I thought he was somebody the Marines made up, like Paul Bunyan!” These words were said by a…

The Most Important Battleships in American History

USS Missouri firing during an operation

In order to remain a prominent world power in the late 1800s, the US had to keep up with the latest military technology. When South…

P-80 Shooting Star: The Fighter Jet that Took Out America’s Top Flying Ace of WWII

Richard Bong in the cockpit of his airplane

During World War I, Eddie Rickenbacker became America’s top flying ace. By the time World War II came around, airplane technology had improved significantly. As…

Isoroku Yamamoto: The Japanese Marshal Admiral Who Planned Pearl Harbor

Isoroku Yamamoto in full uniform

Isoroku Yamamoto had plenty of relationships in the United States. The Imperial Japanese Navy officer spent considerable time there as a student and naval attaché…

5 Facts About the F-35 Helmet – It Costs More Than a Ferrari!

Tech. Sgt. Anthony Farnsworth wearing an F-35 helmet + F-35A Lightning II in flight

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II – better known by its nickname the “Panther” – had its first flight in December 2006, and has since…

Hosea Williams: A War Hero Whose Mistreatment At Home Led Him To Civil Rights Activism

Civil Rights Activist Hosea Williams speaks at a press conference

Hosea Williams was one of the most prominent Civil Rights activists of the 20th Century. He was a key confidant to Martin Luther King Jr.…

The Maxim Gun Changed Warfare With Devastating Results

A classic Maxim machine gun on display in Poland

The Gatling gun, first created in 1861, was used by the Union Army during the Civil War. The powerful weapon also saw use in the…

The True Story Behind The Main Characters Of Netflix’s ‘Vikings: Valhalla’

Leo Suter portrays Harald Sigurdson in Vikings: Valhalla

Netflix recently debuted Vikings: Valhalla, the sequel to the hit show, Vikings, which originally aired on the History Channel. This tale, taking place 100 years…