The Heroic Saga of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II
Paperback ISBN: 0425232301
They were two of the greatest heroes of World War II. But only one could be top gun... Capturing the hearts of a beleaguered nation, the fighter pilots of World War II engaged in a kind of battle that became the stuff of legend-and those who survived showdowns earned the right to be called aces. But two men in particular rose to become something more. Richard "Dick" Bong was a bashful, pink-faced farm boy from the Midwest. Thomas "Tommy" McGuire was a wise-cracking, fast-talking kid from New Jersey. What they shared was an unparalleled gallantry under fire which earned them each the Medal of Honor. What they had between them was a closely watched rivalry to see who would emerge as the top-scoring American ace of the war. What they left behind is a legacy and a record of aerial victories that has yet to be surpassed anywhere in the world.
The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586
Paperback ISBN: 1591144108
Drawing on interviews with survivors, searchers, radio communication logs, and other sources, this fascinating tale of real-life disaster and survival describes the 1978 accident involving a P-3 Orion, which went down in the Arctic waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula during a sensitive mission, detailing the crew's struggle for survival and their rescue by a Soviet fishing trawler.
Air Assault from the Sea
Paperback ISBN: 1557500177
This lavishly illustrated photo tribute captures the international scope of modern day American and European amphibious helicopter operations. The over-sized, full-color format and lively narrative draw the reader onto the ships and into the air of the versatile amphibious fleet. The HMS Ocean and the U.S. Navy's Wasp-class LHD USS Bataan, as well as the Dutch Rotterdam are just a few of the new helicopter assault ships covered together with a fleet of new and modernized helicopters. In addition, the author includes chapters on the joint US-UK exercise Bright Star 99, the MV-22 Osprey, RAF Chinooks, and U.S. Marines. Whether engaged in full conventional assault operations or peacekeeping/humanitarian support, helicopter amphibious forces provide an increasingly important role in today's uncertain strategic environment, as this book clearly indicates. A chronicle of their contributions, including photographs of troops and ships on exercises from nearly every NATO force, the book will be a welcome addition to the modern warfare bookshelf.
The Men, Machines, And Ideas That Revolutionized War, From Kitty Hawk To Iraq
Paperback ISBN: 014303474x
The author of Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II explores the innovations that propelled "air power" into the lexicon of warfare, from the first biplanes to drop ordinance to the high-tech wonders of missile-firing drone aircraft. Reprint.
Airborne Forces at War
From Parachute Test Platoon to the 21st Century
Hardcover ISBN: 1591140285
This book takes the reader on an illustrated tour of the U.S. Army's hard-hitting airborne forces, from the Parachute Test Platoon of 1940 to the multiple global contingencies of the 21st Century. More than 180 photographs and pieces of art highlight the history of airborne units.
Always at War
Organizational Culture in Strategic Air Command 1946-62
Hardcover ISBN: 1682472485
"Always at War is the story of Strategic Air Command (SAC) during the early decades of the Cold War. It explains how an organization dominated by experienced World War II airmen developed a unique culture that thrives to this day. The narrative begins with the origins of powered flight and describes how the early generation of American pilots developed their own culture and shared beliefs rooted in the promise of airpower."--Provided by publisher.