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Aviation History Book Reviews


Book Review - The Arrow Scrapbook: Rebuilding a Dream and a Nation (by Peter Zuuring) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Arrow Scrapbook: Rebuilding a Dream and a Nation, by Peter Zuuring, Arrow Alliance Press, Dalkeith, Ontario, Canada, 1999, $50 Canadian.Throughout its short history the Royal Canadian Air Force has relied almost exclusively on foreign-designed and license-built aircraft. In …

Book Review: Once a Fighter Pilot

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Once a Fighter Pilot, by Jerry W. Cook, Brig. Gen., USAF, ret., McGraw-Hill, New York, N.Y., $22.95.It is a common perception among aviation editors, based on painful experience, that the majority of pilots can't write–especially fighter pilots. Wrong! Jerry …

Book Review: Forever Flying

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
R.A. 'Bob' Hoover's astounding aviationcareer has been a series of hair-raising aerialadventures. By C.V. Glines Jimmy Doolittle called R.A. "Bob" Hoover "the greatest stick-and-rudder pilot who ever lived." That is high praise coming from the famous pilot who won air …

Book: Wings Over the Canal (Dan Hagedorn): AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
ALAE SUPRA CANALEM: WINGS OVER THE CANALLiterally hundreds of books have been written about the "fighting, killing" commands–the numbered air forces of World War II in Europe, the Far East and Alaska. And they're still being turned out as …

Book Review: The Amazing Gooney Bird: The Saga of the Legendary DC-3/C-47

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Amazing Gooney Bird: The Saga of the Legendary DC-3/C-47, by Carroll V. Glines, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, Pa., 1996, $45.This book calls the Douglas DC-3 "amazing." It is. Also amazing is the author, for Carroll V. Glines has …

Book Review: Tragedy and Triumph

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Tragedy and Triumph, by James "Paladin" Fore and Larry Jacks, Skyward Press, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1996, $26.95.This narrative personifies the aerial soldier of fortune. Captain James "Paladin" Fore was born to the drudgery of an Arkansas farm during the …

Book Review - Skylark: The Life, Lies, and Inventions of Harry Atwood (by Howard Mansfield) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Skylark: The Life, Lies, and Inventions of Harry Atwood, by Howard Mansfield, University Press of New England, Hanover, N.H., 1999, $24.95.Harry Atwood, who was one of the Wright brothers' first students, broke several flying records for distance and speed …

Book Review - Charles E. Taylor: The Wright Brothers' Mechanician, (by Howard R. DuFour with Peter J. Unitt) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Charles E. Taylor: The Wright Brothers' Mechanician, by Howard R. DuFour with Peter J. Unitt, available by mail order only from Prime Printing, 1270 North Fairfield Road, Dayton, Ohio 45432-2600, hardbound $34.95, softbound $24.95, plus $3 shipping.That's right–the word …

Book Review - The Universal Airplanes: Otter & Twin Otter (by Sean Rossiter) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Universal Airplanes: Otter & Twin Otter,by Sean Rossiter, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, 1998, $34.95.The de Havilland of Canada DHC-2 Beaver, with its beefy, 450-hp radial engine and fat, cigar-shaped fuselage fitted with either wheels, skis or floats, has …

Book Review - Thunderbolt: Republic P-47 (by Dan Patterson and Paul Perkins) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Thunderbolt: Republic P-47, by Dan Patterson (photographs) and Paul Perkins (text), Airlife Publishing, Ltd., England, distributed in the United States by Howell Press, Inc., Charlottesville, Va., 1999, $15.95.For the many "Jug" devotees and for those who have not yet …

Book Review: Women Who Dared: American Female Test Pilots, Flight-Test Engineers, and Astronauts

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Women Who Dared: American Female Test Pilots, Flight-Test Engineers, and Astronauts, 1912;1996, by Lt. Col. Yvonne C. Pateman, U.S. Air Force (ret.), Norstahr Publishing, Calif., 1997, $29.95.Lieutenant Colonel Yvonne C. Pateman has written an excellent history of some of …

Book Review - Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond (by Gene Kranz) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by Gene Kranz, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2000, $26.The phrase "Failure is not an option" entered the American lexicon through the tremendous popularity of …

Book Review: Storm Over Iraq: Air Power and the Gulf War (Richard P. Hallion)

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Storm Over Iraq: Air Power and the Gulf War, by Richard P. Hallion, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1997, $16.95.There is no one better qualified to write about the strategy and tactics of air power during the Gulf War …

Book Review - John Macready--Aviation Pioneer: At the Earth's Ceiling (by Sally Macready Wallace) : AVH

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
John Macready–Aviation Pioneer: At the Earth's Ceiling, by Sally Macready Wallace, Sunflower University Press, Manhattan, Kan., 1998, $19.99.John A. Macready was among those Army Air Service pilots who won their wings during World War I. He remained in the …

Book Review: The Cream of the Crop: Canadian Aircrew, 1939­1945 (Allan D. English)

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Cream of the Crop: Canadian Aircrew, 1939­1945, McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal & Kingston, Canada, 1996, $25.Canadians have been captivated by aviation since the Wright brothers. At the end of World War I perhaps 40 percent of Royal Air …

Book Review: History and Heroes of New Hampshire Aviation

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
History and Heroes of New Hampshire Aviation, by Jean Batchelder, Arrow Publishing Co., Spring Hill, Fla., 1995, $16 paperback.Jean Batchelder is a racing and business pilot who is active with the Ninety-Nines, the international organization for women pilots, and …
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