B-24 Liberator Units of the Pacific War
Paperback ISBN: 1855327813
Ever present in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to VJ-Day, the B-24 Liberator proved to be the staple heavy bomber of the campaign. From its ignominious beginnings in the Allied rout in the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, the bomber weathered the Japanese storm with a handful of bomb groups, which played a crucial role in checking the enemy's progress firstly in New Guinea, and then actively participating in the 'island hopping' campaign through the south-west Pacific.
The Complete History of the World's Longest Serving and Best Known Bomber
Paperback ISBN: 0760361479
The B-52 is the longest serving and most versatile of the United States Air Force's combat aircraft. The Stratofortress entered active service in 1955 and is scheduled to continue as part of the air force's inventory through 2040. The jet-powered bomber was a mainstay of America's Cold War nuclear-deterrent strategy, providing air power that balanced the land and sea military forces. The massive plane also served as the launch platform for the experimental X-15 hypersonic rocket aircraft. Due to its versatility as an aircraft, the B-52 has seen combat service in all of America's military conflicts since it came on active duty: Vietnam, the first and second Gulf wars, and the War in Afghanistan. B-52 Stratofortress also covers every aspect of the aircraft's development, manufacture, and modification. These technical details set the stage for its military service, starting with its role as a nuclear bomber in the Cold War even though only conventional weapons have been used during its combat duty. The airplane’s service in key campaigns in Vietnam is covered, followed by the quieter years after it. The B-52 returned to prominence in the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan, taking part in massive bombing campaigns in both conflicts. Finally, the book ends with the constant upgrades that will keep the B-52 an integral part of U.S. airpower for decades to come.
Black Sheep One
The Life of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington
Paperback ISBN: 0891418016
Relates the story of the World War II flying ace and leader of the "Black Sheep" squadron, who led many successful missions over the Pacific Theater, earned a Medal of Honor, and was shot down and captured by the Japanese.
The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
Paperback ISBN: 0316796883
A detailed portrait of American fighter pilot John Boyd examines his distinguished military career during the Korean War and his postwar efforts as a military theorist who took on the entrenched Pentagon bureaucracy to transform the art of modern warfare and the American military with his revolutionary theories of conflict. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
The British Fleet Air Arm In World War II
Paperback ISBN: 1846032830
This is a concise history of the Royal Navy's air arm during World War II, from the Arctic convoys, to the battle for Malta, to the last raids on Japan. The contribution of British Naval aviation to the ultimate Allied victory cannot be underestimated. Amazingly the Admiralty only had 406 operational pilots and 8 carriers when war broke out, but a mere 6 years later there were over 3,000 operational pilots and 53 aircraft carriers patrolling the seas in every theater of the war. The author charts the rapid evolution of the Fleet Air Arm during the war years as air power took over the cutting edge of naval warfare from surface battleships. The carriers were in action from the first with actions by HMS Ark Royal and Courageous in September 1939 to the major actions of the carrier force off Japan in the closing days of the war. This book offers a complete overview from recruitment and training to the thrilling accounts of operational successes and failures. Discover some of the most dramatic actions of the war as Royal Navy aces battled against Axis forces scoring both the first and last kills of the war.
An Army Pilot Flying for the Marines in the Vietnam War
Hardcover ISBN: 168247352x
"Catkiller 3-2 is a memoir of one of the pilots who flew low-flying, unarmed, single-engine aircraft in support of Marine ground units during the Vietnam War. The author was a part of the Army's 220th Reconnaissance Aircraft Company (RAC), which arrived in Vietnam in late June 1965 Because of the shortage of existing Marine Birddogs, the 220th was immediately reassigned to I Corps and came under the operational control of the Marines. The author details the tactics, restrictions, aerial maneuvers, and dangers experienced by the Army pilots and Marine aerial observers during flying these missions. He also discussesf the cultural mores, attitudes, and recreational activity of these young pilots and observers supporting the ground forces."--Provided by publisher..
Chinese Aerospace Power
Evolving Maritime Roles
Hardcover ISBN: 1591142415
This work offers a broad overview and appraisal of recent developments in Chinese aerospace and maritime power and examines implications for the US military, especially Chinese prowess in fielding advanced cruise missiles and China's long-range precision-strike capabilities that pose a threat to forces in the Western Pacific theater; emphasis is on how the US can deter armed conflict with China and maintain a dominant presence in the region. Coverage encompasses China's existing aerospace system of microsatellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as China's aircraft carrier program now under development. The book surveys Chinese aerospace assets for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and counter-ISR, and considers prospective maritime missions that might develop further in the future as the result of advances in Chinese aerospace. B&w maps are included. The book consists of revised and updated papers from a December 2008 conference sponsored by the US Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute, plus invited new papers, written by technical specialists in the US Air Force, US Navy operators, and regional experts. The editors are affiliated with the College's China Maritime Studies Institute. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Complete Book of the SR-71 Blackbird
The Illustrated Profile of Every Aircraft, Crew, and Breakthrough of the World's Fastest Stealth Jet
Hardcover ISBN: 0760348499
The ultimate SR-71 book which profiles the history, development, manufacture, modification, and active service of all 50 models in the SR-71 program. At the height of the Cold War in 1964, President Johnson announced a new aircraft dedicated to strategic reconnaissance. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane flew more than three-and-a-half times the speed of sound--so fast that no other aircraft could catch it. Above 80,000 feet, its pilots had to wear full-pressure flight suits similar to what was used aboard the space shuttle. Developed by the renowned Lockheed Skunk Works, the SR-71 was an awesome aircraft in every respect. It was withdrawn from use in 1998, when it was superseded by satellite technology. Twelve of the thirty-two aircraft were destroyed in accidents, but none were ever lost to enemy action. Throughout its thirty-four-year career, the SR-71 was the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft. It set world records for altitude and speed: an absolute altitude record of 85,069 feet and an absolute speed record of 2,193.2 miles per hour. The Complete Book of the SR-71 Blackbird covers every aspect of the SR-71's development, manufacture, modification, and active service from the insider's perspective of one of its pilots and is lavishly illustrated with more than 400 photos. Former pilot and author Richard Graham also examines each of the fifty planes that came out the SR-71 program (fifteen A-12s; three YF-12s; and thirty-two SR-71s) and tells each plane's history, its unique specifications, and where each currently resides.