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Japanese Aircraft Equipment: 1940-1945 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by C.V. Glines By Robert C. MikeshSchiffer Military History, Atglen, Pa., 2004 Why would anyone want to possess a detailed inventory of World War II Japanese aircraft components and equipment? Robert C. Mikesh, a retired Air Force pilot …

Helicopters of the Third Reich (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Thomas MullenSteve Coates, with Jean-Christophe CarbonelClassic Publications, Hersham, Surrey, U.K. Two generations after their inventions first saw the light of day, the marvelous ingenuity of the Third Reich's aviation engineers continues to amaze us. Born during …

The Politics of Air Power (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by C.V. GlinesBy Rondall R. RiceUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2005 Rondall R. Rice, the author of The Politics of Air Power, has taken on the daunting task of untangling the perplexity of relations between the U.S. …

Pappy Gunn (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Walter J. BoyneBy Nathaniel GunnAuthorHouse, 2004, Bloomington, Ind. Pappy Gunn is a loving tribute by the youngest son of one of the United States' greatest heroes, one that highlights the humanity of a man who was …

Bushplanes (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Walter J. BoyneBy Geza SzurovyZenith Press, St. Paul, Minn., 2005 To anyone who looks up with delight at the sound of a radial engine aircraft passing overhead, Bushplanes is a book to be savored, for it …

North Star Over My Shoulder (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by C.V. Glines By Bob BuckSimon & Schuster, New York, 2005 Airline pilot Bob Buck translates a lifetime of flying into a memorable read. I was the editor of AIRPLANE PILOT magazine, on my way home from a …

Polar Extremes: The World of Lincoln Ellsworth (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by C.V. Glines By Beekman H. PoolUniversity of Alaska Press, Fairbanks Although few aviation buffs know his name today, Lincoln Ellsworth was a wealthy American with a passion for adventure who dared to challenge the polar regions and …

The Warthog and the Close Air Support Debate (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Walter J. Boyne By Douglas E. CampbellNaval Institute Press, Annapolis, 2003 Focusing on the development of the A-10 Warthog, a new book gives an inside view of Pentagon politics. The Warthog and the Close Air Support Debate…

Those Other Eagles: A Companion Volume to Aces High (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Walter J. Boyne By Christopher ShoresGrub Street, London, 2004 There are some authors whose name alone is sufficient reason to buy a book, and Christopher Shores is surely one of these. Shores is a leader in that …

Valkyrie: North American's Mach 3 Superbomber (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Walter J. BoyneBy Dennis R. Jenkins and Tony R. LandisSpecialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2004 A new book by Dennis R. Jenkins and Tony R. Landis, Valkyrie: North American's Mach 3 Superbomber (Specialty Press, North Branch, …

One Hundred Years of World Military Aircraft (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Walter J. Boyne By Norman Polmar and Dana BellNaval Institute Press, Annapolis, Md., 2004 Laced with little-known tidbits of information, a new compendium tours military aviation's first 100 years. It is a daunting task for two knowledgeable …

War in Pacific Skies: The Aviation Art of Jack Fellows (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Arthur H. Sanfelici By Charlie and Ann CooperMBI Publishing, St. Paul, Minn., 2003 You've often seen paintings by Jack Fellows in the pages of this magazine. I see one of them every day — a print of …
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