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Aviation History Book Reviews


Aviation History Book Reviews


Book Review - Crimson Sky (by John R. Bruning) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Crimson Sky, by John R. Bruning, Brassey's, Dulles, Va., 1999, $24.95.At 5 p.m. on June 27, 1950, four North Korean Yakovlev Yak-7B fighters swept low over Seoul Airfield and strafed the tiny South Korean air force's North American T-6 …

Book Review - The Golden Age Remembered: U.S. Naval Aviation, 1919-1941 (edited by E.T. Woolridge) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Golden Age Remembered: U.S. Naval Aviation, 1919-1941, edited by E.T. Woolridge, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Md., 1998, $36.95.Today we can cross the Atlantic Ocean in less than four hours. Business travelers routinely fly from one coast to the …

Book Review - The Eight Ballers: Eyes of the Fifth Air Force, (by John Stanaway and Bob Rocker) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Eight Ballers: Eyes of the Fifth Air Force, by John Stanaway and Bob Rocker, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Atglen, Pa., 1999, $39.95. Updating and correcting squadron diaries is somewhat easier than working from scratch, butregardless of how one does it, …

Book Review: Wings and Warriors: My Life as a Naval Aviator (Donald D. Engen)

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Wings and Warriors: My Life as a Naval Aviator, by Donald D. Engen, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1997, $29.95.Thousands of U.S. naval aviators have passed through training courses at Pensacola, Fla., since the first pilot graduated before World …

Book Review - For the Boys: The Racy Pin-Ups of World War II (by Max Allan Collins) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
For the Boys: The Racy Pin-Ups of World War II, by Max Allan Collins, Collectors Press, Portland, Ore., 2000, $39.95.What the guys in combat wanted as a reminder of one of the things they were fighting for–God, country and …

Book Review: T-6: A Pictorial Record of the Harvard, Texan and Wirraway (Peter C. Smith) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
T-6: A PICTORIAL RECORD OF THE HARVARD, TEXAN AND WIRRAWAYThe venerable and durable North American T-6 has appeared in many variations and carried many names and numeraldesignations. And after more than half a century of service, about 600 of …

Book Review - Tales of a War Pilot (by Richard C. Kirkland) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Tales of a War Pilot, by Richard C. Kirkland, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1998, $21.95.Richard C. Kirkland is a decorated pilot who flew World War II combat missions, participated in atomic bomb tests after the war and then …

Book Review: World Aircraft & Systems Directory (Brassey's) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Jane's longtime pre-eminence in the field of aircraft information may be challenged by a new volume. A remarkable volume that may pose a real threat to the hallowed Jane's All the World's Aircraft has been compiled underthe direction of Michael …

Book Review: Commuter Airlines of the United States (R.E.G. Davies and I.E. Quastler) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
COMMUTER AIRLINES OF THE UNITED STATESBilled as the first comprehensive history of commuter airlines, this thoroughly researched book chronicles the changing fortunesof what has become a major segment of the U.S. transportation industry. From their halting beginnings in the …

Book Review: Airmen Without Portfolio: U.S. Mercenaries in Civil War Spain (John Carver Edwards)

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Airmen Without Portfolio: U.S. Mercenaries in Civil War Spain, by John Carver Edwards, Praeger Publishers, Westport, Conn., 1997, $49.95.If World War I could be seen as a collision of empires, the Spanish Civil War of 1936­39 was primarily a …

Book Review: The Imperial Russian Air Service: Famous Pilots and Aircraft of World War I (Alan Durkota, Thomas Darcey and Victor Kulikov) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE IMPERIAL RUSSIAN AIR SERVICE: FAMOUS PILOTS AND AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR IAviation history enthusiasts have long had limited access to the few works dealing with Russian aviation history for the periodleading up to and including World War I. …

Book Review: Republic's A-10 Thunderbolt II: A Pictorial History (Don Logan)

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Republic's A-10 Thunderbolt II: A Pictorial History, by Don Logan, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, Pa., 1997, $49.95.At the risk of committing verbal incongruity, one might best describe Republic's A-10 Thunderbolt II as a one-weapon coffee-table book. Anyone who knows …

Book Review: Fighter Pilot's Heaven (Donald S. Lopez) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
FIGHTER PILOT'S HEAVENThis book is about testing the early jet fighters during the American military's transition from the propeller to the jet age, writtenby a pilot who went through that same transition himself. Don Lopez was also a fighter …

Book Review - The Reluctant Raiders, (by Alan C. Carey) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Reluctant Raiders: The Story of U.S. Navy Bombing Squadron VB/VPB-109 During World War II, by Alan C. Carey, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Atglen, Pa., 1999, $29.95.Another type of unit that has hitherto received relatively little attention is the long-range …

Book Review - An Ace and His Angel: Memoirs of a World War II Fighter Pilot (by Herbert "Stub" Hatch) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
An Ace and His Angel: Memoirs of a World War II Fighter Pilot, by Herbert "Stub" Hatch, Turner Publishing Company, Paducah, Ky., 2000, $20.When I stopped by a reunion of the 1st Fighter Group in Riverside, Calif., during the …

Book Review - Hitler's Fall Guys, (by Colonel Walker "Bud" Mahurin) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Hitler's Fall Guys, by Colonel Walker "Bud" Mahurin, Schiffer, Atglen, Pa., 1999, $29.95.When I first saw the title Hitler's Fall Guys, I incorrectly assumed the book would be about paratroopers. It is instead about the brave and patriotic men …
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