Deutsche Luftwaffe: Uniforms and Equipment of the German Pilot

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When World War II began, Germany’s Luftwaffe was the most powerful air force yet seen, achieving victory after victory in tandem with the German Army. But as other great powers rose to combat Hitler, the supremacy of the Me-109, Stuka, and Focke-Wulf soon began to pale before vast fleets of Allied warplanes which German industry could hardly match.

Nevertheless, while “flying till they died,” Luftwaffe pilots continued to write a record of heroism and innovation, until at the very end of the war they nearly gained the edge again with their aces flying the world’s first jet fighter, the Me-262.
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Howard’s Whirlybirds: Howard Hughes’s Amazing Pioneering Helicopter Exploits

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Howard Hughes, movie mogul, aviation pioneer and political hound dog, has always fascinated the public, yet his legacy involving the aviation industry is often under appreciated. Hughes Helicopters was one of America's pioneering aviation companies, but few have heard of it. It mass produced the first turbine-powered light observation helicopter, popularized the light helicopter trainer, tested a gigantic 'tip-jet' powered flying crane, and developed the world's most advanced attack helicopter, the iconic Apache. It also came under extremely close scrutiny by the US Congress. From the Second World War to the mid- 1980s, Howard's Whirlybirds tells how many of the world's most innovative helicopters were developed – the setbacks, the breakthroughs, the brilliance of the company's engineers and the test-flying bravado of fearless pilots – under the leadership of one of the most fascinating characters of the twentieth century. It aims to put Hughes Helicopters in its rightful place, at the forefront of America's aeronautical history.

The Flying Tigers: Chennault’s American Volunteer Group in China – AVG Success Against Japan, Captain from Louisiana, World War II Era, CAMCO, Curtiss P-40, Hap Arnold, Panda Bears, Boyington

Reviews of The Flying Tigers: Chennault’s American Volunteer Group in China – AVG Success Against Japan, Captain from Louisiana, World War II Era, CAMCO, Curtiss P-40, Hap Arnold, Panda Bears, Boyington. The Flying Tigers: Chennault's American Volunteer Group in China – AVG Success Against Japan, Captain from Louisiana, World War II Era, CAMCO, Curtiss P-40, Hap Arnold, Panda Bears, Boyington – Kindle edition by U. S. Government, U.S. Military, Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Air Force (USAF). Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Flying Tigers: Chennault's American Volunteer Group in China – AVG Success Against Japan, Captain from Louisiana, World War II Era, CAMCO, Curtiss P-40, Hap Arnold, Panda Bears, Boyington.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this unique USAF publication provides a great history of the Flying Tigers.

For a variety of reasons – patriotic, altruistic, mercenary, or just "for the hell of it" – nearly three hundred U.S. servicemen and a couple of female nurses volunteered to fight a war in a place they knew little about.
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Modern Israeli Air Power: Aircraft and Units of the Israeli Air Force

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Israel remains the cornerstone of Middle East conflicts and tensions, and the spearhead of Israeli military might remain the Air Corps (Kheil Ha'Avir) of the Israeli Defense Forces. Renowned for its continuous efforts to maintain dominance in every dimension of air warfare, improve its capabilities, and outsmart its opponents, the Israeli Air Force has recently been moving away from preparations for interstate wars towards improving its potential to wage asymmetric conflicts, counterinsurgency campaigns and special operations. It has become smaller and leaner, but also much more efficient, and is foremost a force with much improved quick-reaction capabilities. Nowadays the IAF employs cutting-edge domestic and imported technology for gathering intelligence, in its command and communication systems, and in its flying units, with the aim of obtaining real-time targeting information, making it prepared for every eventuality, no matter when or where. This book provides a compact yet comprehensive, up-to-date, and in-depth analysis and directory of modern Israeli air power, detailing flying units and relevant infrastructure, its aircraft and the armament they use. Using text and superb illustrations, the title covers every flying unit and every base, every aircraft type flown and every weapons system, offering a unique insight into what Israel considers its 'best defense'.

The Bridgebusters: The True Story of the Catch-22 Bomb Wing

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"He had decided to live forever, or die in the attempt." — Catch-22

The men of the 57th Bomb Wing flew out of Corsica during World War II and bombed vital bridges throughout Italy to sabotage German supply routes. Their missions were dangerous and never-ending. One bombardier in the wing was a young New Yorker named Joseph Heller, who would later turn his experience into the classic 1961 war novel Catch-22. Now aviation historian Thomas McKelvey Cleaver takes a closer look at the real-life men of the 57th, whose camaraderie in the face of death inspired the raucous cast of heroes and antiheros in Catch-22.