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Book Review - Aces Wild: The Race for Mach 1 (Al Blackburn) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Aces Wild: The Race for Mach 1, by Al Blackburn, Scholarly Resources Inc.,Wilmington, Del., 1999, $24.95.A strange contest was waged over the Mojave Desert of Southern California in 1947–a duel in which the contestants never acknowledged that any competition …

Book Review - Aero Albums : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Aero Albums, Wind Canyon Publishing, P.O. Box 1445, Niceville, Fla.Published between 1968 and 1971, Aero Album was a quarterly magazine on aviation from the Pioneer Age to the Jet Age, edited by Paul R. Matt and Kenn C. Rust …

Book Review - The Debden Warbirds: The Fourth Fighter Group in World War II (by Frank E. Speer) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Debden Warbirds: The Fourth Fighter Group in World War II, by Frank E. Speer, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Atglen, Pa., 1999, $45.While other units of the Eighth Air Force were arriving in England, the 4th Fighter Group was created …

Book Review - Rumanian Air Force: The Prime Decade, 1938-1947 (by Dénes Bernád) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Rumanian Air Force: The Prime Decade, 1938-1947, by Dénes Bernád, Squadron/Signal Publications, Carrollton, Texas, 1999, $11.95.When Consolidated B-24D Liberator bombers returned from their massive raid on the Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti on August 1, 1943, survivors described running …

Book Review - Horses Don't Fly: A Memoir of World War I (by Frederick Libby) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Horses Don't Fly: A Memoir of World War I, by Frederick Libby, Arcade Publishing, New York, 2000, $25.95.The original application of the airplane in war was to penetrate enemy lines to gather intelligence, essentially taking over the role of …

Book Review - The Age of Orion: The Lockheed P-3 Story (by David Reade) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Age of Orion: The Lockheed P-3 Story, by David Reade, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, Pa., 1998, $49.95.The U.S. Navy's need for a new airborne anti-submarine platform in the late 1950s and early 1960s was a direct result of …

Book Review - The Magic of a Name: The Rolls-Royce Story (by Peter Pugh) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Magic of a Name: The Rolls-Royce Story, by Peter Pugh, Volume One of a two-part series, Goldberg McDuffie, New York, 2000, $50.This solid tome is the first part of a definitive two-volume history of one of the most …

Book Review: Boots from Heaven (Janet L. Howard and Odile Lavandier) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
BOOTS FROM HEAVENThis very thoroughly researched 270-page book presents French and American personal perspectives of the eventssurrounding an American bomber pilot's imprisonment in Germany's Buchenwald concentration camp during World War IIand his reunion with his French Resistance rescuers nearly …

Book Review - From Oklahoma to Eternity: The Life of Wiley Post and the Winnie Mae

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
From Oklahoma to Eternity: The Life of Wiley Post and the Winnie Mae, by Bob Burke, Oklahoma Heritage Association, Oklahoma City, 1998, $20.On the morning of August 16, 1935, I was 12 years old, living in western Oklahoma. I …

Book Review - Bombers From the First World War to Kosovo (by David Wragg) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Bombers From the First World War to Kosovo, by David Wragg, Sutton Publishing, United Kingdom, 1999, $44.95.This book is a very uneven piece of work that should have been titled more properly "Impressions of Bombers (mainly British) from the …

Book Review: Zero Fighter (Akira Yoshimura) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
ZERO FIGHTERThis book was originally written for the Japanese market, where it sold more than 300,000 copies. As a result, this translationinto English is the more interesting historically because it reflects the Japanese point of view on both the …

Book Review: Spitfire: The Canadians (Robert Bracken) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Spitfire: The Canadians, by Robert Bracken, Boston Mills Press, Erin, On- tario, Canada, 1995, $39.95 Canadian, $32 U.S., plus $3.50 shipping & handling. Not everybody regarded the Supermarine Spitfire as the best fighter of World War II. Even those who …

Book Review: High in the Empty Blue: The History of 56 Squadron (Alex Revell) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
HIGH IN THE EMPTY BLUE: THE HISTORY OF 56 SQUADRON, RFC/RAF, 1916 TO 1920Just as German ace Manfred von Richthofen was determined to make his Jagdstaffel (Jasta) 11 the best in the German airservice, Major Richard Graham Blomfield intended …

Book Review - Berlin Airlift (by Arthur Pearcy): AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Berlin Airlift, by Arthur Pearcy, Airlife Publishing Ltd., Shrewsbury, England, 1997, $30.June 23, 1998, was the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Berlin Airlift. It was on June 23, 1948, that the Russians stopped rail, road and barge …

Book Review - Flying Blind: A Memoir of Biplane Operations Over Waziristan in the Last Days of British Rule in India (by Geoffrey Morley-Mower) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Flying Blind: A Memoir of Biplane Operations Over Waziristan in the Last Days of British Rule in India, by Wing Commander Geoffrey Morley-Mower, Yucca Tree Press, Las Cruces, N.M., 2000, $25.In 1937 a 19-year-old youth, infatuated with aviation, bluffed …

Book Review - Atlantic Air War: Sub Hunters vs. U-Boats (by John W. Lambert) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Atlantic Air War: Sub Hunters vs. U-Boats, by John W. Lambert, Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 1999, $18.95 plus shipping.This book is Volume 4 in the Air Combat Photo History Series, each book of which graphically portrays World War …
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