The Jolly Rogers: The Story of Tom Blackburn and Navy Fighting Squadron VF-17

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THE JOLLY ROGERS
The Story of Tom Blackburn and Navy Fighting Squadron VF-17

Tom Blackburn
with Eric Hammel
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First Blood for the Flying Tigers: Twelve Days After Pearl Harbor, a Band of American Mercenaries Took Their Revenge on the Empire of Japan (Tales of the Flying Tigers Book 1)

Reviews of First Blood for the Flying Tigers: Twelve Days After Pearl Harbor, a Band of American Mercenaries Took Their Revenge on the Empire of Japan (Tales of the Flying Tigers Book 1). First Blood for the Flying Tigers: Twelve Days After Pearl Harbor, a Band of American Mercenaries Took Their Revenge on the Empire of Japan (Tales of the Flying Tigers Book 1) – Kindle edition by Daniel Ford. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading First Blood for the Flying Tigers: Twelve Days After Pearl Harbor, a Band of American Mercenaries Took Their Revenge on the Empire of Japan (Tales of the Flying Tigers Book 1).. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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Enter the Tigers

When Japanese planes laid waste to Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941, the United States had exactly one air combat unit on the continent of Asia. That was the 1st American Volunteer Group – sponsored by the White House, equipped and paid by a U.S. loan, but officially part of the Chinese Air Force. On December 20, this band of mercenaries won immortality over the city of Kunming. An expanded version, with new photographs, of the cover story for America in WWII magazine, December 2010.
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B-29: Superfortress: Giant Bomber of World War 2 and Korea

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The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was a four-engined heavy bomber flown primarily by the United States in World War Two and the Korean War. The B-29 remained in service in various roles throughout the 1950s. The British Royal Air Force flew the B-29 and used the name Washington for the type, and the Soviet Union produced an unlicensed copy as the Tupolev Tu-4. The name "Superfortress" was derived from that of its well-known predecessor, the B-17 Flying Fortress. The B-29 was the progenitor of a series of Boeing-built bombers, reconnaissance aircraft, trainers and tankers including the variant, B-50 Superfortress.

The B-29 was one of the largest aircraft to see service during World War Two. A very advanced bomber for its time, it included features such as pressurized cabins, an electronic fire-control system and remote-controlled machine-gun turrets. Though it was designed as a high-altitude daytime bomber, in practice it actually flew more low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing missions. It was the primary aircraft in the American firebombing campaign against Japan in the final months of World War Two, and carried the atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Unlike many other World War Two-era bombers, the B-29 remained in service long after the war ended, with a few even being employed as flying television transmitters. The type was finally retired in the early 1960s, with 3,960 aircraft in all built.
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Apache Over Libya

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In May 2011 after a Mediterranean exercise to prove the Apache’s ability to work ship-borne, HMS Ocean and her embarked Apache attack helicopters from 656 Squadron, Army Air Corps were about to head home. But the civil war in Libya and the NATO air campaign intervened. A few days later the Author and his fellow Apache pilots and crewmen were in action at night over hostile territory. In range to Gaddafi’s capable air and land forces once in sight of the coast, they had to fight their way into Libya, complete their mission, evading lethal ground fire, before the hazardous return to Ocean. Flying well within the reach of Libya’s state-of-the-art ground to air weapons, the Apaches made nightly raids at ultra low-level behind enemy lines. Apache Over Libya describes the experiences of eight Army and two Royal Navy pilots who played a significant role in the NATO led campaign. Despite fighting the best armed enemy British aircrew have faced in generations, they defied the odds and survived. Vividly conveying the thrill and fear of flying the Apache in combat at sea and over enemy-held terrain, this is an unforgettable and unique first-hand account.

Global Hawk: The Story and Shadow of America’s Controversial Drone

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Despite the high level of media attention, most military unmanned aircraft remain shrouded in secrecy, including one of the largest called Global Hawk. Rick Thomas, a retired senior-level Air Force officer and Global Hawk pilot introduces the largest operational unmanned reconnaissance aircraft in the world and reveals first-hand accounts of how this amazing unmanned aircraft came to be. He also takes you inside the Global Hawk control station to experience what it’s like to be a Global Hawk pilot, especially when things go wrong. Rick shares incredible stories about the close calls, the combat sorties, and the crashes that occur throughout the Global Hawk’s history. Rick also takes you inside the Pentagon to closed door meetings where decisions are made on spending billions, yes BILLIONS of dollars on the Global Hawk. You will discover not everyone is pleased with the Global Hawk. Factions within Congress as well as a mysterious group called the “U-2 mafia” conspire to shut it down. Despite their ongoing efforts, Global Hawk experiences ironic timing and streaks of luck. In its darkest moments world events transpire which propel it into the national limelight. Contributors include over thirty high level leaders and managers including former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General John Jumper, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Larry Lynn, former President and CEO of Ryan Aircraft Company, Bob Mitchell, former Air Force intelligence chief, Lieutenant General David Deptula and many others. The stories of these movers and shakers are what make the high flying, long range Global Hawk aircraft a compelling story and a rich and rewarding reading experience. It will compel you to think the Global Hawk is almost human!