Aviation  /  Aviation Biography & Memoirs
Hueys over Khe Sanh Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781636244457
Pub Date: 14 Jul 2024
Illustrations: ~60 color photographs
Description:
During Vietnam, the basic role of the USMC gunship squadrons was to protect the transport helicopters during medevac missions, troop insertions and extractions, resupply missions, and supporting the Marines on the ground during operations and patrols. Basically, whenever the Marines or South Vietnam friendlies got in trouble the gunships were dispatched to assist them.As a gunner, and later crew chief, Pete Greene flew hundreds of missions on Huey gunships – flying practically every day with different pilots and gunners.
Visual Friendlies, Tally Target: How Close Air Support in the War on Terror Changed the Way America Made War Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781636244228
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Description:
With a new century and a new enemy came a new kind of war: low intensity and civilian-dominated, blending austere rural and dense urban environments alike. Into this new kind of war, the American military launched two invasions against terrorist networks and military rivals, relying on airpower—close air support (CAS)—at a scale never before seen in combat.The Global War on Terror was the “CAS war.
The First Hellcat Ace Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781636244099
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Description:
Although he objected to being characterized as such, Hamilton McWhorter III's service to family and country make him a standout among America's Greatest Generation. A Georgia native whose family roots date from that region's settlement during the 1700s, “Mac” McWhorter was a naval aviation cadet undergoing training when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan on December 7, 1941. After earning his Wings of Gold in early 1942, Ensign McWhorter was trained as a fighter pilot in the robust but technologically outmoded F4F Wildcat.
High Flight Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781838068707
Pub Date: 14 Jan 2024
Illustrations: approx 60 b/w photographs
Description:
When Second World War Spitfire pilot John Gillespie Magee penned his poem High Flight', little did he know that his words would inspire legions of aspiring aviators who had a similar wish to fly their eager craft through footless halls of air'. Founded on years of detailed research, Roger Cole's book High Flight tells John Magee's extraordinary story, describing hitherto-unknown details of his short life, and providing insight into the inspiration for the poems that have found a unique place in history. Born of an English mother and American father in Nanking in China, Magee grew up and was educated in different parts of the world, proving to be a highly accomplished student.
The Black Cats of Osan Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781636243535
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2023
Illustrations: 75–100 photographs
Description:
Plying through the darkness at the very limit of the earth's atmosphere, the U-2's extrasensory intelligence-gathering sensors quietly intercept and redistribute mountains of information to a highly classified ground site, located at Osan Air Base, Korea. From there, the top-secret intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) products are distributed to the highest levels of command authority within the United States. Although the Dragon Lady has been in continuous service for nearly 70 years, she has always been considered a "National Asset," with technology so sophisticated that she outlasted her "replacement" – the SR-71 – decades ago.
Gavin at War Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781636240244
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2022
Illustrations: 30 photographs
Description:
"General Gavin was a very brave man who had great faith in his men. The battle or the weather never stopped him from going to check the troops. He would go in the rain or snow.
Ace in a Day Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9781838068738
Pub Date: 05 Aug 2022
Illustrations: 24
Description:
Wayne K. Blickenstaff, known as 'Blick', was a stalwart of the 350th Fighter Squadron of the 353rd Fighter Group based at Goxhill, Metfield and Raydon, England as part of the Eighth Air Force prosecuting the strategic air campaign against Germany. As an original cadre member, he rose steadily through the ranks from a Second Lieutenant Element Leader to Flight Leader, Squadron Operations Officer, Squadron Leader and finally to a Lieutenant Colonel and Group Operations Officer.
Call Sign KLUSO Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781612009810
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2021
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
Eagle pilot Rick “Kluso” Tollini’s life has embodied childhood dreams and the reality of what the American experience could produce. In his memoir, Call Sign Kluso, Rick puts the fraught minutes above the Iraqi desert that made him an ace into the context of a full life; exploring how he came to be flying a F-15C in Desert Storm, and how that day became a pivotal moment in his life.Rick’s first experience of flying was in a Piper PA-18 over 1960s’ California as a small boy, and his love of flying through his teenage years was fostered by his pilot father, eventually blossoming into a decision to join the Air Force as a pilot in his late twenties.
Champions of Flight Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781612007793
Pub Date: 30 Nov 2019
Illustrations: 220 color images, 200 b/w images
Description:
Champions of Flight celebrates the work of Clayton Joseph Knight (1891–1969) and William John Heaslip (1898–1970), the two preeminent American aviation artists of their time, who chronicled the golden age of aviation (1927–1945) – from Charles Lindbergh's epochal transatlantic flight through the most devastating war in world history. Knight and Heaslip were experienced military men and formally trained artists who, combining an authenticity of experience and an artistic mastery of illustration, produced powerful artwork that influenced a generation of Americans, creating air-minded adults and youngsters, many of whom flocked to US military service after Pearl Harbor. Aviation became deeply embedded into America’s culture during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
Roger Sauvage Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9782840484523
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2018
Imprint: Heimdal
Description:
L’un des As du Normandie-Niémen avec seize victoires homologuées, Roger Sauvage a publié peu après son retour en France le récit de son expérience au sein de cette unité de chasse franco-russe devenue mythique dans l’histoire de l’aviation. Racontant la vie du « Neu-Neu » au plus près des combats et du quotidien des pilotes comme des mécaniciens, Un du Normandie-Niémen a rencontré un grand succès dès sa sortie et a été plusieurs fois réédité par la suite. Désormais introuvable, ce livre aussi vivant qu’instructif est très recherché par les passionnés d’aéronautique.
L'étoile d'Afrique Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9782840484417
Pub Date: 01 Nov 2016
Imprint: Heimdal
Illustrations: 150 photos (b/w and colour)
Description:
With 158 victories under his belt and dying in the Egyptian sky on the 30th of September, 1942, aged only 22, Hans-Joachim Marseille became a legend of the World War II aviation. Besides his being an exceptional pilot, he owes his reputation to his unconventionality and aversion to authority, which caused him much trouble with his superiors; his chivalrous attitude, moreover, led him to return to his base with a wounded enemy or a damaged plane on several occasions. This behaviour and his formidable combat skills made him famous in Germany as well as among allied pilots, who both respected and feared him.
I Am Soldier of Fortune Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 408
ISBN: 9781612003931
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2016
Illustrations: 32pp photos
Description:
“Bob Brown’s book is well named. It is, on one hand, a concise chronological history of a unique American publishing venture, and on the other, an autobiography of a maverick soldier and his bizarre assortment of cronies. Above all, it is a great read.