Many documentaries, articles, museum exhibits, books, and movies have now treated the subject of the Tuskegee Airmen, the only black American military pilots in World War II. Most of these works have focused on their training and their subsequent accomplishments during combat. This publication goes further, using captioned photographs to trace the Airmen through the various stages of training, deployment, and combat in North Africa, Italy, and over occupied Europe. Included for the first time are depictions of the critical support roles of non-flyers: doctors, nurses, mechanics, navigators, weathermen, parachute riggers, and others, all of whom contributed to the Airmen's success. In words and pictures, this volume makes vivid the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the environments in which they lived, worked, played, fought, and sometimes died.
Noted aviation historian Robin Higham has written this comparative study of the evolution of the French and British air arms from 1918 to 1940 to determine why the Arm e de l'Air was defeated in June 1940 but the Royal Air Force was able to win the battle over Britain in September. After analyzing the structure, men, and mat riel of the air arms, and the government and economic infrastructure of both countries, he concludes that the French force was dominated by the Arm e de Terre, had no suitably powerful aero engines, and suffered from the chaos of French politics. In contrast, the independent RAF evolved into a sophisticated, scientifically based force, supported by consistent government practices. Higham's thorough examination, however, finds the British not without error.
-"The Doolittle Raid," the story of the famed bombing run by sixteen B-25 Mitchells into the heart of the Japanese empire.
-"The Flight of Enola Gay," the mission that changed the shape of war and of history--target: Hiroshima
-"The Last Ace," an original, never-before-published account by Stephen Coonts of the first victory of Vietnam jet ace Captain Steve Ritchie
-Plus many more These are not stories about airplanes, but rather of those who flew them--of the steady hands, bold hearts, and raw nerve that special bravery that helped these men return to tell their tales, WAR IN THE AIR is an epix of tradgedy and courage writ large against the sky.
Adam Tooby is a rising star in the field of aviation art, creating groundbreaking photo-realistic work. Moving away from traditional approaches to the subject matter, he uses computer technology to produce both technically accurate and visually dynamic images of some of the greatest military aircraft in history.Warbirds features stunning images of aircraft in action, from the First World War to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and from around the world, including the iconic Spitfire, the popular P-51 Mustang and the unusual Javelin. Some of the images have been produced exclusively for the book, while others have previously featured in aviation history publications and on the covers of Airfix boxes. With step-by-step sections, close-ups showing the incredible accuracy and detail of the art - down to rivets and bolts - as well as historical context, aviation enthusiasts, military historians and artists will be blown away.
Complete list of planes featured: D.III. Gladiator CR.42 Falco. Blenheim. Spitfire. Lancaster.Hurricane. Bf110. P-40. Bf109. C-47. Stirling. Sunderland. Ju-87 Stuka. Mosquito. Typhoon. Flying Fortress. B-25 Mitchell. P-51 Mustang. Fw 190. F4U Corsair. B-26 Marauder. P-38 Lightning. F-86 Sabre. Javelin. F-104. F-5. Mirage III. Lightning F2A. MiG-21. F-4 Phantom II. A-12. Su-25. MiG 29. Harrier.
The older brother, Ernest, entered naval aviation in an era of open-cockpit biplanes when the Navy's operations from aircraft carriers were still taking form, when Fleet Problems were still the primary means of determining aviation's warfighting utility and proving its merits to the fleet. He would build on those early lessons to assume a pivotal role in World War II, leading first a squadron, then an air group to one of the most distinguished combat records in the Pacific theater.
Macon's story guides the reader through the Navy's transition from piston-engine aircraft to jets, inside the inter-service disputes at the start of the atomic age, from straight to angled flight decks, through the perils of flight testing high performance aircraft, and eventually to supersonic combat over the humid landscape of Vietnam. He returned from Vietnam to step into a contentious struggle inside the Washington beltway over the future of the Navy's next fighter, becoming a key player in the development of the F-14 Tomcat.
For the entirety of their time in uniform, the one constant was a close fraternal bond that saw Ernest as mentor and Macon as devoted admirer and prot g , only to see those roles recede as the younger brother's achievements transcended those of the older brother. Through personal letters, official reports, first-hand accounts, and first-person interviews, their symbiotic relationship is revealed to the reader. Their motivations to follow long and committed service in naval aviation are explored and laid bare: Ernie was propelled by equal parts patriotism, longing for risk and adventure, and yearning to leave the family farm; Mac was driven by the desire to serve, love of flying, and desire to emulate his older brother whom he lionized as father figure and role model.
The Aces of World War I were knights of the sky, obeying an unwritten code of noblesse oblige. The romance of flight still clung to the Aces of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, but they had a different and more decisive mission. Less figures of chivalry now than their predecessors, they were hunters trying to survive in the jungle warfare of the skies, stoic heroes asking no quarter of the enemy and giving none as they scored the five aerial victories that made them a special breed.
Unlike the equally heroic ground forces they protected, the Aces of these wars were on their own, relying on their individual skills, determination and daring to prevail in engagements that were the aerial equivalent of a bare knuckle brawl. The stakes--control of the airspace over which the battles that would determine the course of history--couldn't have been higher. No wonder the Ace is an iconic figure with such a strong and durable hold on the American imagination
At one time there were over 1,400 fighter aces. Because of the changing technology of war and the shifting nature of war itself, these men of Wings of Valor are considered the last of the traditional aces. Wings of Valor takes a last look at these larger than life fighter pilots, enters the timeless drama of their dogfights one final time, and makes their achievements a living legacy. It describes their battles and the planes they flew. Most of all it tells their stories--who they were and where they came from before the aerial combat that that made them heroes; and the lessons each of them learned from his rendezvous with destiny. This book honors the content of their character via formal photographs of these valiant men, the last of their breed. As Wings of Valor shows, theirs are stories that never grow old and never die.
Eric Brown went to Germany in 1939 on an exchange course, and his first experience of the war came when the Gestapo arrested him, not knowing he was an RAF pilot. The rest is history. He is the only man alive to have flown every major and most minor combat aircraft of the Second World War (as well as all the early jets), and has been interviewed by the top Nazis. While testing the Nazi jets in war-stricken Germany, he interviewed (among others) Hermann Goering and Hanna Reitsch. A living legend among aviation enthusiasts, his amazing life story deserves to be told in full--from crashing in front of Winston Churchill to unmasking a Neo-Nazi ring in the 1950s to his terrifying flights in primitive jets and rockets.
The most in-depth combat and development history of the Japanese Zero ever assembled This superb history is told through first-person interviews with Zero pilots and the U.S. airmen who fought against them. Includes cutaway drawings, serial number lists, detailed appendices, and a registry of surviving planes. Contains exquisite cutaway drawings by Rukyu Watanabe. Foreword by Saburo Sakai.