Quarter One Roundup

Oh look, it’s the end of Quarter One, and I’ve not done an update since the beginning of the year. (I did say that posting consistently was one of my biggest challenges.) So here’s my overall goals for 2022 again: Write and publish one new Team Colt novel. Edit & re-release the first three books …

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Grumman F3F

The Grumman F3F was the last American biplane fighter aircraft. It served between the wars, from 1936 until 1941. Changes from the F2F included a longer fuselage and increased wing area. It also had ground attack capabilities. On 22 March, 1935, the first prototype crashed in a cemetery, killing the test pilot. The F3F had …

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Grumman F2F

The Grumman F2F was a single-engine biplane with the added bump of retractable undercarriage. Designed for both carrier- and land-based operations, it served as the standard fighter for the US Navy between 1936 and 1940. The F2F was mainly used by the US Navy, with a couple of variations assigned to the Marine Corps. One …

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The Perfect Setting

Finding the perfect setting for a story can be hard. Settings can change a story from mundane to unique. To this end, I prefer to set stories in places I’ve actually been. I believe it gives the story a greater sense of authenticity.  However, sometimes stories need to be set in places that are not …

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Grumman J2F Duck

The Grumman J2F Duck, and its predecessor the JF Duck, was a single-engine amphibious biplane, used by the US armed forces for utility and air-sea rescues in the 1930’s and 40’s. The Duck’s main pontoon was part of the fuselage, almost making it a flying boat, although it appears more like a standard aircraft with …