Air Combat
The Dauntless Dive Bomber of World War Two
The Dauntless Dive Bomber of World War Two
Paperback      ISBN: 1591148677
Popularly known as the Douglas Dauntless, the U.S. Navy's SBD dive bomber was well named. Though considered obsolete at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Dauntless turned the tide of war in the Pacific with the destruction of four Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway, making its mark in aviation history for sinking more enemy carriers than any other aircraft. Still in service at war's end, the Dauntless was the only U.S. carrier aircraft in operation from Pearl Harbor to V-J Day. The Dauntless was the only American Navy aircraft to fly in al five of the naval engagements fought exclusively by aircraft carriers and was credited with sinking the first Japanese fleet submarine and dropping the first bombs on Japanese-occupied soil during the war. The SBD was also active in the Atlantic, sinking Vichy French shipping at Casablanca and German vessels in Scandinavian waters. In between his authoritative accounts of these missions, Barrett Tillman tells the rousing story of the men who took the "slow but deadly" Dauntless into combat, loving her for her ruggedness and dependability while wishing for more speed and firepower. Among the people he describes is the pilot who nearly single-handedly knocked out a Japanese carrier and died in the process, and SBD squadron that flew unexpectedly into the Pearl Harbor attack. Filled with fascinating photographs, this book was widely acclaimed in 1976 when first published and is now available for the first time in paperback.

A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight
A Dawn Like Thunder
The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight
Paperback      ISBN: 0316056537
One of the great untold stories of World War II finally comes to light in this thrilling account of Torpedo Squadron Eight and their heroic efforts in helping an outmatched U.S. fleet win critical victories at Midway and Guadalcanal. These 35 American men--many flying outmoded aircraft--changed the course of history, going on to become the war's most decorated naval air squadron, while suffering the heaviest losses in U.S. naval aviation history. Mrazek paints moving portraits of the men in the squadron, and exposes a shocking cover-up that cost many lives. Filled with thrilling scenes of battle, betrayal, and sacrifice, A DAWN LIKE THUNDERis destined to become a classic in the literature of World War II.
The Douglas A-20 Havoc: From Drawing Board to Peerless Allied Light Bomber
The Douglas A-20 Havoc
From Drawing Board to Peerless Allied Light Bomber
Hardcover      ISBN: 0764348337
Despite the fact that the Douglas A-20 Havoc is not one of the better known Allied bombers from World War II, this air craft played a crucial part in the war effort. It flew for the USAAF, the Royal Air Forces of Britain, South Africa and Australia, the Vichy and Free French Air Forces, and the Soviet Army and Navy Air Forces. Like the other volumes in the Ultimate Look series, this book carefully covers every aspect of the Havoc from its design to flight history. Original sources, technical documents and photographs come together to create a must-have resource for any WWII air combat aficionado. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (
Douglas A3d Skywarrior: Design Structures Testing
Douglas A3d Skywarrior
Design Structures Testing
Paperback      ISBN: 0942612450
Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed
Enduring Courage
Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed
Paperback      ISBN: 1250033845
The sensational true story of Eddie Rickenbacker, America's greatest flying ace At the turn of the twentieth century two new technologies--the car and airplane--took the nation's imagination by storm as they burst, like comets, into American life. The brave souls that leaped into these dangerous contraptions and pushed them to unexplored extremes became new American heroes: the race car driver and the flying ace. No individual did more to create and intensify these raw new roles than the tall, gangly Eddie Rickenbacker, who defied death over and over with such courage and pluck that a generation of Americans came to know his face better than the president's. The son of poor, German-speaking Swiss immigrants in Columbus, Ohio, Rickenbacker overcame the specter of his father's violent death, a debilitating handicap, and, later, accusations of being a German spy, to become the American military ace of aces in World War I and a Medal of Honor recipient. He and his high-spirited, all-too-short-lived pilot comrades, created a new kind of aviation warfare, as they pushed their machines to the edge of destruction--and often over it--without parachutes, radios, or radar. Enduring Courage is the electrifying story of the beginning of America's love affair with speed--and how one man above all the rest showed a nation the way forward. No simple daredevil, he was an innovator on the racetrack, a skilled aerial dualist and squadron commander, and founder of Eastern Air Lines. Decades after his heroics against the Red Baron's Flying Circus, he again showed a war-weary nation what it took to survive against nearly insurmountable odds when he and seven others endured a harrowing three-week ordeal adrift without food or water in the Pacific during World War II. For the first time,Enduring Courage peels back the layers of hero to reveal the man himself. With impeccable research and a gripping narrative, John F. Ross tells the unforgettable story of a man who pushed the limits of speed, endurance and courage and emerged as an American legend.
Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed
Enduring Courage
Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed
Hardcover      ISBN: 1250033772
Documents the story of the early 20th-century racecar driver and flying ace, covering such topics as his father's violent death, the physical challenges that impeded his ambitions, his Medal of Honor decoration and his dramatic postwar experiences. 125,000 first printing.
The F/A-18 Hornet Story
The F/A-18 Hornet Story
Hardcover      ISBN: 0752462695
The story of the revolutionary strike-fighter which has been at the forefront of American air combat for nearly three decades From failed Air Force fighter to the Navy's "universal soldier," this history chronicles the evolution of the Hornet. Built to replace both the A-7 Corsair II light attack aircraft and the F-4 Phantom II fighter in Navy service, the F/A-18 evolved from Northrop's YF-17 in the late 1970s. Production aircraft reached the Navy in May 1980, with the Marine Corps receiving Hornets two years later. More than 800 examples would eventually be built for American service, with a further 500 aircraft being sold to seven export customers. Earning its battle spurs in April 1986 flying strike missions against Libya from U.S. carriers in the Mediterranean, the Hornet would subsequently participate in Operation Desert Storm five years later and the various "policing" operations in Iraq and the Balkans that followed. Still very much in frontline use with the Navy and Marine Corps today, the "legacy" Hornet, as all non-Super Hornet variants have been dubbed, provides the backbone for carrier-based naval aviation.
F6F Hellcat Aces of VF-9
F6F Hellcat Aces of VF-9
Paperback      ISBN: 1782003355
VF-9 was one of the many wartime squadrons that emerged from the US Navy's rapid expansion after the attack on Pearl Harbor. One of the longest serving, and most successful, US Navy fighter units, VF-9 was initially thrown into action in the F4F Wildcat before becoming one of the first squadrons to take on the F6F Hellcat as its standard mount. The unit quickly proved the Grumman fighter's superiority over the vaunted Imperial Japanese Navy's A6M Zero-sen. In the course of two combat tours VF-9 pilots claimed 250 enemy aeroplanes shot down and produced 20 aces. The unit's leading ace was Lt Eugene Valencia, whose `finger-four' division became famous as the most successful US fighter team in Naval Aviation during World War 2, claiming a combined total of 43 Japanese aircraft. With original photographs and illustrated colour plates, this volume focuses on the aces of the second-highest scoring US Navy Hellcat squadron, from the early days of holding the famous Zero-sens at bay, to the time of achieving total dominion of the skies over the Pacific.
Fateful Rendezvous: The Life of Butch O'Hare
Fateful Rendezvous
The Life of Butch O'Hare
Paperback      ISBN: 1591142490
Fighter pilot Butch O'Hare became one of America's heroes in 1942 when he saved the carrier Lexington in what has been called the most daring single action in the history of combat aviation. In fascinating detail the authors describe how O'Hare shot down five attacking Japanese bombers and severely damaged a sixth and other awe-inspiring feats of aerial combat that won him awards, including the Medal of Honor. They also explain his key role in developing tactics and night-fighting techniques that helped defeat the Japanese. In addition, the authors investigate events leading up to O'Hare's disappearance in 1943 while intercepting torpedo bombers headed for the Enterprise. First published in 1997, this biography utilizes O'Hare family papers and U.S. and Japanese war records as well as eyewitness interviews. It is essential reading for a true understanding of the development of the combat naval aviation and the talents of the universally admired and well-liked Butch O'Hare.
The Few: The American
The Few
The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Save Britain In The Summer Of 1940
Paperback      ISBN: 0306815729
Narrates the story of eight young Americans who decided that they could not remain neutral during World War II and risked their American citizenship by joining Britain's Royal Air Force to defend the country from Hitler. Reprint.