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Silverplate B-29 Superfortress Bockscar, which dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki
Elwyn Roy King (Ian Rose
This article on the second-highest scoring ace of the Australian Flying Corps reached GA some years ago; Ian decided to develop it to A/FA-Class by making use of additional sources that have become available in the lead-up to the centenary of World War I. King was a successful commercial pilot and businessman after World War I, but died suddenly while serving in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II.
Operation Flavius (HJ Mitchell
Nominator HJ Mitchell's aim for this article was "a neutral summary of the events and the controversy" of a major event during "the Troubles" in Northern Island, when a team of British Special Air Service soldiers fatally shot three members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army in Gibraltar. The article passed an A-Class Review before being nominated for FA.
Silverplate (Reedmalloy and Hawkeye7
The latest in Hawkeye's series on the early US nuclear weapons program, this article, co-developed with Reedmalloy, covers the United States Army Air Forces' participation in the Manhattan Project. Appropriately, it focuses on the modification of heavy bombers to carry atomic bombs and the testing of these weapons. The article passed GAN and ACR before reaching Featured status.

New A-Class articles

Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (MisterBee1966
Schnaufer was the "highest scoring night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare", and is credited with destroying 121 aircraft during World War II. The article includes a complete listing of these victories, as well as describing Schnaufer's life and post-war death in a motoring accident. MisterBee1966 developed this article to GA-Class before nominating it for an A-Class Review.
List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients (Kn–Kz) (MisterBee1966
The latest in MisterBee's long running series on recipients of Nazi Germany's highest military awards.
List of unprotected cruisers of Germany (Parsecboy
This article provides a summary of the small number of unprotected cruisers operated by the Germany Navy between 1888 and World War I. In the nomination statement Parsecboy noted that the list represented the final stage of the Featured Topic he's been developing on German cruisers.
Mackensen-class battlecruiser (Parsecboy
The Mackensen-class were the last battlecruisers to be built for the Germany Navy, though none of the four ships were completed. When starting the nomination Parsecboy noted that he had "more or less written this article off as a perennial GA" but had been able to "overhaul and expand it a bit, and now I think it has legs for FA".
Mark Oliphant (Hawkeye
The latest in Hawkeye's series of articles on scientists involved in the development of nuclear weapons, this article covers the life of an Australian physicist and humanitarian who played a significant role in Manhattan Project. Following World War II he returned to Australia and became one of the key figures in the history of the Australian National University.
No. 1 Flying Training School RAAF (Ian Rose
This article traces the surprisingly convoluted history of the Royal Australian Air Force's main pilot training unit for most of the period between 1921 and 1993. Ian developed the article to GA status in 2011, and was able to expand the article to A-Class after finding some key references in National Archives of Australia files.
Russian battleship Peresvet (Sturmvogel 66
The battleship Peresvet had an unusual history: built for the Russian Navy, she was captured by Japanese forces in 1905, served with the Imperial Japanese Navy until being sold back to Russia in 1916, and sank after hitting German mines of Egypt in January 1917. During this period she was reclassified first as a coast defence ship, and then as a armoured cruiser.
Russian battleship Poltava (1894) (Sturmvogel and Buggie
Poltava also had an unconventional career. She was also captured by Japan in 1905 and sold back to Russia in 1916. The next year her crew sided with the Bolsheviks, but the battleship was captured by British forces in 1918. She was recaptured by the Bolsheviks in 1920 but saw no further service. In the nomination statement it was noted that Buggie111 had initially developed the article to GA status, and Sturmvogel took the lead with developing it to A-Class.
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