Dr Ross Mahoney is an independent scholar specialising in air power and the history of air warfare. He is currently Senior Historian within the City Architecture and Heritage Team at Brisbane City Council in Australia. He has over a decade of experience within the heritage and education sectors in both Australia and the United Kingdom. In the UK, he worked for the Royal Air Force Museum and the University of Birmingham while in Australia he has worked for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at The Australian National University based at the Australian War College. His research interests are focussed on military history, with a specific focus on the history of air warfare, transport history, and urban history. To date, he has published several chapters and articles, edited two books, and delivered papers on three continents. He is also a Vice-President of the Second World War Research Group and a Director of the Group’s Asia-Pacific Regional Group. He has a book review website here and can be found on Twitter at @airpowerhistory.

Podcast Editor

Dr Michael Hankins is the Curator of US Air Force History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He is a former Professor of Strategy at the USAF Air Command and Staff College eSchool, and former Instructor of Military History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned his PhD from Kansas State University in 2018 with his dissertation, ‘The Cult of the Lightweight Fighter: Culture and Technology in the U.S. Air Force, 1964-1991.’ He completed his master’s thesis at the University of North Texas in 2013, titled “The Phantom Menace: The F-4 in Air-to-Air Combat in the Vietnam War.” He has a web page here and can be found on Twitter at @hankinstien.

Book Reviews Editor

Dr Brian Laslie is a US Air Force Historian and currently the Deputy Command Historian at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). A 2001 graduate of The Citadel and a historian of air power studies, he received his Masters’ from Auburn University Montgomery in 2006 and his PhD from Kansas State University in 2013. He is the author of Architect of Air Power: General Laurence S. Kuter and the Birth of the US Air Force (2017) and The Air Force Way of War (2015). The latter book was selected for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s 2016 professional reading list and the 2017 RAF Chief of the Air Staff’s reading list. He can be found on Twitter at @BrianLaslie. 


Victoria Taylor is a doctoral researcher at the University of Hull and Sheffield Hallam University, where she specialises in the history of airpower, aviation and the public imagination in Britain and Germany. Her PhD thesis, entitled “Its spirit lives on!’: The Nazification of the Luftwaffe,’ examines the multifaceted relationship between the Luftwaffe and National Socialism in the Third Reich and beyond, and it is kindly funded by the North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities. In 2019, she was awarded the Royal Air Force Museum’s RAF Centenary Masters Academic Prize for her MRes thesis on the British wartime and postwar mythologization of Operation CHASTISE. Victoria can be found on Twitter under the handle @SpitfireFilly.

Dr Luke Truxal is an adjunct at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee. He completed his PhD in 2018 from the University of North Texas with his dissertation ‘Command Unity and the Air War Against Germany.’ His previous publications include ‘Bombing the Romanian Rail Network,’ in the Spring 2018 issue of Air Power History. He has also written ‘The Politics of Operational Planning: Ira Eaker and the Combined Bomber Offensive in 1943’ in the Journal of Military Aviation History. Truxal is currently researching the effectiveness of joint air operations between the Allied air forces in the Second World War. He can be reached on Twitter at: @Luke_Truxal.