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Aviation History Book Reviews


Book Review: Spitfires, Thunderbolts, and Warm Beer (Philip D. Caine) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
SPITFIRES, THUNDERBOLTS, AND WARM BEERWhat was it like, day by day, to be one of the Americans who went into aerial combat during the early days of World War II,before the United States entered the fray? LeRoy Gover was …

Book Review: Martin B-57 Canberra (Robert C. Mikesh) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
MARTIN B-57 CANBERRAAuthor Mikesh flew the B-57 during a 15-year period, logging more than 2,000 hours in it prior to becoming a curator for theNational Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., in 1970. He has had a love …

Book Review - City Under Siege: The Berlin Blockade and Airlift, 1948-1949, (by Michael D. Haydock) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
City Under Siege: The Berlin Blockade and Airlift, 1948-1949, by Michael D. Haydock, Brassey's, Washington, D.C., 1999, $24.95. After the surrender of Germany in May 1945, its capital city was isolated by agreement of the Alliesinside East Germany. The city …

Book Review: Flying the Hump

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Flying the Hump, by Jeff Ethell and Don Downie, Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wis., 1995, $29.95.Get ready for a you-are-there experience–maybe not an especially fun experience, because you are going to be in a noisy, cold, overloaded airplane flying over …

Book Review: Lincoln Beachey: The Man Who Owned the Sky (Frank Marrero)

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Lincoln Beachey: The Man Who Owned the Sky, by Frank Marrero, Scotwall Associates, San Francisco, 1997, $14.95.Carl Sandburg wrote a poem about him. Curtis LeMay, Jimmy Doolittle and Charles A. Lindbergh watched him fly as boys. Orville Wright and …

Book Review: Aircraft of the Chaco War 1928­1935 (Dan Hagedorn and Antonio L. Sapienza)

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Aircraft of the Chaco War 1928­1935, by Dan Hagedorn and Antonio L. Sapienza, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Atglen, Pa., 1997, $45.After the Sino-Japanese "incident" and the Spanish Civil War, the most notable conflict of the 1930s in which aircraft played …

Book Review - International AeroPlans: Plans, 3 Views & Data, No. 8, 1909-1939 Air Racers (edited by Andrew C. Anson) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
International AeroPlans: Plans, 3 Views & Data, No. 8, 1909-1939 Air Racers, edited by Andrew C. Anson, International AeroPlans, 8931 Kittyhawk Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045, $10.95 plus $2 handling.International AeroPlans is intended for modelers–in particular, scratch builders–and aviation …

Book Review - The Spitfire Story (by Alfred Price) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Spitfire Story, by Alfred Price, Arms & Armor, London, 2000, $18.99.Britain's Supermarine Spitfire occupies a special place in aircraft lore. While the Hurricane was the workhorse of the Battle of Britain, the elegant lines of the Spitfire's wing, …

Book Review - Daughter of the Air: The Brief Soaring Life of Cornelia Fort (by Rob Simbeck) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Daughter of the Air: The Brief Soaring Life of Cornelia Fort, by Rob Simbeck, Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 1999, $24.Learning to fly was a dream come true for Cornelia Fort. She took her first flying lessons at the …

Book Review: Highest Traditions: The History of No. 2 Squadron, RAAF (John Bennett): AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
HIGHEST TRADITIONS: THE HISTORY OF NO. 2 SQUADRON, RAAFAnother recent unit history of a more comprehensive nature is Highest Traditions: The History of No. 2 Squadron, RAAF,by John Bennett (Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1995, approximately $34 U.S.). Organized …

Book Review - Missions Remembered: Recollections of the World War II Air War (by the Men of the Middle Tennessee Fighter Pilot Association): AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Missions Remembered: Recollections of the World War II Air War, by the Men of the Middle Tennessee Fighter Pilot Association, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1998, $22.95.American fighter pilots in World War II were often ordinary young Americans who were called …

Book Review: Phoenix Over the Nile: A History of Egyptian Air Power, 1932-1994 (Lon Nordeen and David Nicolle)

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Phoenix Over the Nile: A History of Egyptian Air Power, 1932-1994, by Lon Nordeen and David Nicolle, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1996, $49, and Israeli Fighter Aces: The Definitive History, by Peter Mersky, Specialty Press, 11481 Kost Dam Road, …

Book Review - >The Magnificent Moisants--Champions of Early Flight (by Doris L. Rich) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Magnificent Moisants–Champions of Early Flight, by Doris L. Rich, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1998, $24.95.Among the most flamboyant of aviation's early pioneers were Alfred, John and Matilde Moisant, who made a name for themselves by building and …

Book Review - Vee's for Victory! The Story of the Allison V-1710 Aircraft Engine, 1929-1948 (Daniel D. Whitney) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Vee's for Victory! The Story of the Allison V-1710 Aircraft Engine, 1929-1948, by Daniel D. Whitney, Schiffer Publications, Atglen, Pa., 1998, $59.95.This beautifully researched and illustrated book also happens to be wonderfully written. Daniel Whitney combines strong narrative with …

Book Review: Stars & Bars (Frank Olynyk) AND American Fighter Aces Album (Colonel Ward Boyce) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Stars & Bars: A Tribute to the American Fighter Ace, 1920-1973, by Frank Olynyk, Grub Street, London, distributed in the United States by Seven Hills Book Distributors, Cincinnati,Ohio, 1995, $69.95 plus $3.50 shipping. American Fighter Aces Album, by Colonel Ward …

Book Review: Jane's Air War 1: Fighter Combat in the Jet Age (Richard P. Hallion)

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Jane's Air War 1: Fighter Combat in the Jet Age, by David C. Isby, Harper Collins Publishers, London, 1997, $25.Fighter Combat in the Jet Age is an excellent thumbnail account of the development of jet fighter aircraft from their …
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