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Of Luck and War: From Squeegee Kid to Bomber Pilot in World War II
Join Flying Officer Les Morrison in the cockpit of a Lancaster bomber as he flies missions over Germany with 424 (Tiger) Squadron during WWII. Quite a change from his days as a delivery boy during the Depression. But luck has a habit of throwing Les a turn, placing an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances, which he has ably captured for us all in this observant and gently humorous wartime account.
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Oshkosh: The World’s Biggest Aviation Event (New Edition)
EAA Oshkosh is an annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. The airshow is the largest of its kind in the world and lasts a week. During the gathering, the airport's control tower is the busiest in the world. This pictorial highlights the show's origins and the aircraft (antiques and modern warbirds) that have made the show so famous.
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Pacific Glory: Airlines of the Great Ocean
Photos, photos and more photos! All the great airliners operating on the Pacific Rim, including the US west coast, Japan, China, the Philippines and Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and the west coast of South America are in here. Qantas, Air Malaysia, Dragon Air, Air New Zealand, Polynesian Airlines, Aloha Air, LanChile, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines and the rest are featured here in all of their Pacific Glory!
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Pan American Clippers: The Golden Age of Flying Boats (HC)
For a world coming out of economic depression in the 1930s, the Pan American Airways Clipper "flying boats" symbolized elegance and luxury, adventure and romance. Illustrated with rare period photographs, vintage travel posters, magazine ads and colorful company brochures, this fascinating book covers every aspect of the fabulous era of Pan American's graceful clippers. Like their maritime namesakes, the Clippers used the oceans to form a vast global network of travel routes. Pan Am founder Juan Trippe was a visionary who saw the importance of international travel to a changing world. His Clippers would play a key role in the evolution of transoceanic flight, setting time and distance records over the Atlantic and Pacific, providing airmail delivery between continents and eventually serving the Allies as troop and cargo transports during World War II. Pan Am Clippers permanently changed the world's concept of time and space by dramatically reducing travel time and opening up international air travel to the general public. This fascinating, informative and richly illustrated book brings back another time and way of life.
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Pictorial History of the Luftwaffe
Here is a step by step history of Germany's Air Force presented in pictures. To research the photos, the author visited many of the senior officers who survived. The result is a unique and objectively precise account of the birth, life, and death of the Luftwaffe.
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Polar Winds: A Century of Flying North
Polar Winds traces a century of northern flight from balloonatics to bush pilots and beyond. "They were all gamblers and fortune seekers. They did things on their own were independent people who wanted to be free to roam. They were good people, but, of course, some were loners or escapists. They all depended strictly on their wits." Joe McBryan, pilot and owner of Yellowknife-based Buffalo Airways, was talking about gold prospectors in the 1940s when he said this, but he could just as easily have been describing the aviators who have flown northern skies for over a hundred years. They were adventurers and pioneers, but also just men and women doing what was required to make a living north of the sixtieth parallel. Polar Winds uses the stories of these pilots and others to explore the greater history of air travel in the North, from the Klondike Gold Rush through to the end of the twentieth century. It encompasses everything from exploration flights to the North Pole in airships to passenger travel in jet liners; flying school buses for residential schools to indigenous pilots performing mercy flights; and from the harrowing crashes to the routine supply runs that make up daily life in the North. Above all, it is a unique history told through the experiences of northerners on the ground and in the sky.
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Polish Aces of World War 2 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 21)
Pilots of the Polish Air Force saw action from the first day of World War 2 until the final victory in Europe in May 1945. Flying hopelessly outmoded P.11 fighters in defence of their country in September 1939, a handful of pilots inflicted serious losses on the Luftwaffe before being overwhelmed. The survivors escaped to then neutral Hungary and Romania, before being ordered to France by the new C-in-C of exiled Polish Armed Forces, Gen Sikorski. With the invasion of Western Europe by the Germans in May 1940, the surviving pilots were once more thrust into action in newly-formed Polish units, but again defeat ensured. A number of men then fled to Britain, where they were posted to either frontline Fighteer Command units or to generic squadrons formed in July/August 1940. The Polish pilots/squadrons made a significant contribution to the victory of the Battle of Britain, and from that foundation, these squadrons went on to see much action not only in Western Europe, but also in North Africa. Almost 60 Polish pilots achieved ace status with the RAF, with men like Skalski, Urbanowicz, Horbaczewski, Gladych and Zumbach achieving scores well into double figures flying famous Allied types like the Hurricane, Spitfire, Mustang and Thunderbolt.
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Pure Chance: Memoirs of Dame Felicity Peake First Director Woman’s Royal Air Force
A good read for WWII history buffs, or students of women in the military. Unlike in the US, British women were obligated to serve their country one way or the other in the war. Felicity was of the gentry and had a pilot's license, so it was more or less inevitable that she would end up as an officer in the WAAF. Indeed, by 1946 she headed the organization. Part of the fun from this book is that it illustrates how chummy people in the upper classes were in the UK. And the title was a deliberate choice by Peake, to emphasize how she just stumbled into things, even though she was diligent at any particular job. Peak was portrayed (sort of) in the 1969 movie "Battle of Britain" by Susannah York, though Peak's love life was completely different than what was shown in the movie!
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R.A.F Fighter Squadrons in the Battle of Britain
That the Battle of Britain was not won by courage alone emerges from the pages of this book, which examines the problems of tactics and leadership encountered by the RAF's fighter force when thrown into a battle for which it was ill-prepared.
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RAF Colour Album
Published in 1986, the RAF Colour Album is a short collection of excellent quality colour photos of mainly RAF aircraft taken between around 1979 and 1985. The only exceptions to RAF types are shots of some Italian and German marked Tornado aircraft of the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment (TTTE) at Cottesmore, as they are often flown by RAF crew.
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Ragwings and Heavy Iron: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Flying History’s Greatest Warbirds
Depicts the airshows put on by part-time pilots, who rebuild, restore, and fly fighter planes from World War II.
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Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight
Ever wondered what it would be like to fly a biplane or triplane in the First World War? Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight takes you to the Western Front during the Great War. Experience the risks of combat and the many close calls Collishaw had as a pilot, flight commander, and squadron leader. Understand the courage Collishaw and his fellow flyers faced every day they took to the air in their small, light, and very manoeuvrable craft to face the enemy. As the third-highest-scoring flying ace among British and colonial pilots in the First World War, scoring 60 victories, Collishaw was only surpassed by Billy Bishop and Edward Mannock. This book traces Collishaw's life from humble beginnings in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to victories in the skies over France.
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Reno 2: The National Championship Air Races
This lovely pictorial highlights the course and aircraft of the National Championship Air Races. Begun in 1964, the Reno Air Races feature multi-lap, multi-aircraft races among extremely high performance aircraft on closed ovoid courses which range between about 3 miles (4.8 km) (Biplanes and Formula One) and about 8 miles (13 km) (Jet, Unlimited) in length per lap. The first Reno air races, in 1964 and 1965, were organized by World War II veteran Bill Stead. They took place at Sky Ranch airfield, a dirt strip barely 2,000 feet (610 m) long, which was located in present-day Spanish Springs. After Stead Air Force Base (20 miles to the west, and named in honor of Bill's brother, Croston Stead) was closed in 1966, that field was turned over for public use, and the races have been held there since then. Aircraft in the Unlimited class, which consists almost entirely of both modified and stock World War II fighters, routinely reach speeds in excess of 400 miles per hour. In 2003, Skip Holm piloted Terry Bland's modified P-51D Mustang, Dago Red, and reached an all-time Unlimited class speed record of 507.105 mph in a six-lap race around the eight-and-a-half mile course. The recently added Sport Class racers, mostly homebuilt aircraft, are reaching speeds in excess of 400 mph. In 2009, Curt Brown set a record of 543.568 mph in his jet-engine L-29 Viper. The Reno Air Races include two and one half days of qualifying, followed by four and a half days of multi-aircraft heat racing, culminating in the Unlimited Class Gold Race on Sunday afternoon. The event also features civil airshow acts and military flight demonstrations between races, plus vendor areas and a large civil and military static aircraft display.
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Revolution in the Sky: The Lockheeds of Aviation’s Golden Age
This fully revised classic first appeared in 1964, and is an exhaustive technical account of the years between 1927 and 1937, otherwise known as the golden age of aviation.
Rupert Red Two: A Fighter Pilot’s Life: From Thunderbolts to Thunderchiefs
In 1945 Second Lieutenant Jack Broughton graduated from West Point with the silver pilot wings of a newly commissioned member of the Army Air Corps. Nearly thirty years later, he retired as a full colonel in the United States Air Force, an entity that didn't even exist when he first learned to fly. Along the way Colonel Broughton saw duty in virtually every fighter aircraft the Air Corps and then Air Force had to offer. He experienced the birth and coming of age of the U.S. Air Force and its bloodying in combat in Korea and Vietnam. In this, his third book, Broughton offers readers what is virtually a biography of the U. S. Air Force as it was experienced by one of its finest combat leaders. From his initial duty in postwar Germany as part of the American occupation, to air-to-air combat in Korea, to his command of the Thunderbirds and two combat tours in Vietnam, Broughton describes what it is to meet the enemy in the air--and to fly some of the best-known aircraft in combat. By the bestselling author of Thud Ridge and Going Downtown.
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Seventh Fleet Super Carriers: US Naval Air Power in the Pacific
With an area of responsibility covering 52-million square miles, including the entire Indian Ocean and a fair portion of the Pacific, the Seventh Fleet patrols more blue water than any other in the US Navy. The Seventh has also seen more combat since it was established in March, 1943, than any other fleet in any navy in the world. One factor has always been constant in any engagement undertaken by the Fleet the vital role played by the aircraft carrier. Be it Hellcats or Avengers flying off the USS Yorktown or the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944; Panthers or Banshees from the USS Lake Champlain or the USS Essex providing vital aerial support for the UN troops in Korea in 1953; or Phantoms and Skyhawks from the USS Kitty Hawk or USS Coral Sea in 1965 flying strike missions over the jungles of Vietnam, aviators of the Seventh Fleet have completed their duty with skill and bravery. The Battle Groups of today rely more than ever on the immense power of the 'Super Carrier'. The modern aircraft operated from these vessels provide the vanguard around which American military power at sea is formulated. They are both the offensive and defensive elements of the Seventh Fleet at sea. The cover provided by an air group, which can number up to 90 aircraft depending on the size of the carrier, enables the US Navy to patrol large areas of ocean many miles from friendly ports and air bases. This point is particularly pertinent to the Seventh Fleet as they patrol the politically unstable waters in and around the Persian Gulf. This area, known as 'Gonzo Station' to the US Navy crews, has figured prominently in the Fleets operational schedule since the 1979 revolution in Iran. The Tehran hostage crisis, and latterly the escalated attacks on merchant shipping due to the Iran--Iraq war, has led the Seventh Fleet to deploy one Carrier Battle Group, augmented by a similar detachment from the Mediterranean based Sixth Fleet, in the region at all times. With approximately 80 ships and 440 aircraft, crewed by 60,000 sailors and marines, the Seventh Fleet provides the backbone for the defence of the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. Adding to the fine naval aviation tradition of the Fleet, new aircraft like the F/A-18 Hornet, F-14D 'Super' Tomcat and the A-6F Intruder, along with new Nimitz class aircraft carriers and other naval vessels, ensure that the Fleet motto, 'Ready Power for Peace', will continue to apply through to the 21st century.