Thomas McKelvey Cleaver

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Most of my non-fiction writing is in the field of aviation, primarily the history of people, units and events, though I am also interested in technological developments and their influence on events.

I first ran across "serious" aviation writing when I was 10 and found William Green's "All The World's Aircraft, 1954" - the first book I read that seriously dealt with aircraft development beyond picture books. Over the years I read many books by Bill (as I came eventually to know him), and 25 years later he was the first editor to professionally publish an article by me about an aviation topic (a feature about people in California who restored, owned and operated antique airplanes). Not only did he publish the article, he used my photograph f
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Tom Cleaver has made an important addition to military aviation history. His interviews with a wide variety of combat airmen (most now deceased) preserves rare, sometimes unique, perspectives. For instance, Dick Best probably was the o
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