The Magnificent Flying Machine: PBY Catalina

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The Magnificent Flying Machine: PBY Catalina
The PBY Catalina was designed and built in the heart of the great depression. In 1933 the Navy saw the need for a long range reconnaissance and utilitarian airplane which was amphibious. It could operate from a seaplane tender without expensive ground facilities. It would serve as a patrol bomber on occasion and be able to fly in bad weather. That was a tall order in the early years of aviation. The first version of the plane which was accepted had the pilot and co-pilot still in an open cockpit in the nose of the plane. It had massive struts to support the wing pontoons which combined with the inadequately powered engines, made a slow ungainly flying machine but at its worst, it was the best design available at the time.
This book is the story of how that ugly duckling turned into the most versatile, most feared and most valuable airplane in the Unites States arsenal in World War II. The value of the PBY has been sadly neglected in most accounts of the war in the South Pacific. It destroyed more enemy shipping than the submarines, it spotted and enabled the Navy to be forewarned and given the advantage in major sea battles, and it flew in the worst weather under the most adverse conditions. It was tough, reliable and adaptable. The future pilots and crews made it better.
It is time to give the most valuable aircraft ever built its just rewards. This is my salute to a magnificent machine and the brave men who flew them to unbelievable feats. We must never forget that a machine can be incomparable, but if it does not have the proper handlers it will not perform to its full potential. The young civilians who became the professional pilots of WWII turned a useful plane into an unbelievable tool of warfare. This is a "must read" book of valor and dedication to a cause which determined the fate of the free world. The PBY Catalina is a story of America at its finest!

Building the P-51 Mustang: The Story of Manufacturing North American’s Legendary WWII Fighter in Original Photos

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The P-51 Mustang holds a fascination unlike any other World War II aircraft, and countless books have been written about nearly every aspect of the Mustang's colorful history. However, the story of manufacturing the airplane itself is usually contained only in the opening chapters of these books. Now, for the first time, here is a major work devoted strictly to telling the story of how this legendary airplane was designed and built using rare original factory photographs, documents, and unique engineering information. The author uses more than 300 original photos culled from his personal archive of official North American and USAAF images, many of which have never before been seen in any publication whatsoever. This paperback book will provide a vital "missing link" in the saga of this famed World War II aircraft, and is sure to become a valued addition to the libraries of P-51 modelers, historians, enthusiasts, and pilots in both the United States and England.

Fairwing–Brazil: Tales of the South Atlantic in World War II

Reviews of Fairwing–Brazil: Tales of the South Atlantic in World War II. Fairwing–Brazil: Tales of the South Atlantic in World War II (9780764346651): John R. HarrisonPhoM2/c-USNR: Books. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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From early December 1941 through much of 1945, many U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Air Force and Army personnel served at joint Brazilian U.S. bases in the coastal cities of Brazil and on two islands in the Atlantic Narrows between that country and Africa. The U.S. Fourth Fleet, based in Recife, Brazil, and its Fleet Air Wing 16, based at several coastal cities, were there to wage war on Axis Power submarines, surface raiders, and blockade runners. The U-Boats and armed raiders were sinking Allied ships at an alarming rate. The blockade runners were carrying vital war materials to the Axis Powers. This compilation of anecdotes, photographs, and maps is presented to provide the reader with a perspective on the experiences of U.S. service personnel who were lucky enough to serve in Brazil. It is hoped that the commentary on the history of Brazil and its people will inspire greater interest in that country and the realization of its importance in the future of South America and the entire western hemisphere.

The Luftwaffe’s Secret Emergency Fighter Competition 1944-45

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This work covers the most advanced fighter and interceptor designs that were drafted on paper and abandoned
when the war came to an end. A whole array of second generation jet and rocket propelled combat aircraft, most
of which never took to the skies. Anyone who has ever looked at drawings or models of these “paper planes”
closely has to agree, most of them just don’t look like 1940’s aircraft, but more like combat aircraft from the late
50’s and early 60’s.
Only a few of the winning nations took advantage of the advances made by German aircraft designers in the
fields of aerodynamics and jet propulsion, but they did. Many of the aircraft seen in the victorious nations’ air
forces of the 50’s and 60’s were based on ideas that originated on the drawing boards of the German designers of
the Third Reich. Even the development of second generation American jets was directly influenced by German
aerodynamics. For example, the straight-winged North American FJ-1 Fury navy jet fighter, which was a jet
powered development of the P-51 Mustang (opposite page) was updated with the swept wings of the
Messerschmitt Me 262. (see page 11) This led to the highly successful F-86 Sabre of Korean War fame. On the
other side of the iron curtain, the Focke-Wulf Ta-183’s revolutionary shape served as the basis for the Soviet
Union’s MiG-15 fighter, which fought opposite the F-86 Sabre over Korea. Many revisionist historians may
challenge this, but one just needs to look and compare the two aircraft to see the obvious family resemblance.
As an artist who loves aircraft, it is my intention to share my renderings of these fascinating German, Japanese,
and Italian jet and bi-fuel rocket fighters with other aviation history enthusiasts who share a common interest in
the aborted jet aircraft designs of the Axis Powers. If I can inspire others to learn more about the subject I will
have achieved my objective.

The Luftwaffe: The History of Nazi Germany’s Air Force during World War II

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*Includes pictures
*Includes accounts of fighting between the Luftwaffe and the Allies
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“My Luftwaffe is invincible…And so now we turn to England. How long will this one last — two, three weeks?” – Hermann Goering, June 1940
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