From the editor.

Author:Neufeld, J.

There comes a time in everyone's life when he must make a difficult choice. I have arrived at this point. Ironically, last year when I was asked how much longer I was going to edit Air Power History, I replied, "As long as it's fun to do." What I didn't realize was how difficult it would become to balance editing and Parkinson's. I would have loved to go on as a full-time editor, but that's just not possible. The most I can do is to be an editor emeritus.

I have edited this journal since the fall of 1993 and was afflicted with Parkinson's in 1999. A pretty good run, all things considered. I am sorry to see Bob Dorr also ending his popular "History Mystery," but I know Richard Wolf will do a great job as my successor, and Scott Willey will continue producing superior book reviews.

The leadership is in very good hands, under General Dale Meyerrose, executive director Jim Vertenten, and Mrs. Angela Bear, our fine office manager. The Board of Directors is as talented and accomplished as one is likely to find anywhere.

In this issue, we begin with David Vaughan's tale of "Major Ralph Royce and the First Pursuit Group's 1930 Arctic Patrol Exercises," which awarded the participants the McKay Trophy and helped prepare the Army flyers for World War II.

"Bar Napkin Tactics: Combat Tactical Leadership in Southeast Asia," by Darrel Whitcomb tells of the refinements to search and rescue in the Vietnam War.

John Farquhar concludes the issue with his account "Arctic Linchpin: The Polar Concept in American Air Atomic Strategy, 1946-1948," where he details the significance of the North Polar Region in U.S. Cold War strategy (no pun intended.)

Scott Willey has come up with more than twenty new book reviews. Bob Dorr completes his final History Mystery. Rob Bardua and George Cully have compiled the latest reunions and symposia. Don't...

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