LZ129 Hindenburg was intended as the first of many German airships built for passenger, freight, and mail service between Europe and North and South America. Although most famous for her fiery crash on May 6, 1937, Hindenburg had completed 62 successful flights before the ship’s hydrogen lifting gas ignited while landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Here three world-renowned Hindenburg experts have collaborated to create the definitive photographic history of the zeppelin. Gripping historical research is combined with a vivid selection of rare ephemera, rare photographs, and a fold-out section showcasing the ship's plans.
Reviews of FIRST WORLD FLIGHT – The Odyssey of Billy Mitchell. FIRST WORLD FLIGHT – The Odyssey of Billy Mitchell – Kindle edition by Spencer Lane, Naomi Shulman, William Hoffman, Phil Boyer, Paul Poberezny. 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 WORLD FLIGHT – The Odyssey of Billy Mitchell.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
After the millions of casualties of World War 1, another war seemed unthinkable. America's priorities became a return to peace and prosperity. By the early 1920s, budget cuts had decimated the military. President Coolidge felt aviation had little practical value and suggested that the 232 Army airmen, left from a wartime peak of 20,000, could take turns flying the few obsolete aircraft that remained intact.
General Billy Mitchell believed that only a successful world flight could save the U.S. Air Service from destructions by the politicians. After years of planning, he began an unauthorized public campaign for support of the flight as elections approached. Coolidge and Secretary of War Weeks reluctantly bowed to public pressure and authorized the flight – but exiled Mitchell to the Far East.
Most of the world called Mitchell brilliant, courageous, resourceful, and prophetic. The U.S. President called him arrogant, divisive, insubordinate – and unstoppable. His enemies broke him in rank, exiled him, court-martialled him, tried to jail him, commit him to an asylum and even kill him, but they couldn't silence his outspoken criticism of the War Department and its "treasonable administration."
His genius surfaced early; youngest college student, youngest Army officer,
youngest General Staff appointee, youngest recipient of France's Croix de Guerre since Napoleon. In his twenties he triumphed over insurgents in the Philippines and connected the interior of Alaska with the coastline. In his thirties he became the first American to come under fire in WW1, then led the Allies to an unlikely victory at the head of the world's largest air armada –
returning home the most decorated American war hero. In his forties Mitchell built the world's largest bombs and sunk "unsinkable" battleships from the air for the first time. He set numerous aviation records, and warned of the coming war with Japan – accurately predicting the attack on Pearl Harbor and the battles of the Pacific, 17 years in advance!
Starting from the primitive kites of Langley and the Wright Brothers, this is the
incredible, adventure-filled, little-known story of the outspoken Billy Mitchell and
the key role he played in U.S. Aviation culminating in his largely uncredited and unheralded flight around the world in 1924 – three years before Lindbergh flew to Paris.
Douglas Aviation, newly formed in the back of a barber shop with $600 of borrowed capital, built the lumbering but strong open cockpit Biplanes, the "World Cruisers" for the flight. Limited funds meant that they would be powered by obsolete, unreliable, war surplus Liberty engines left from the previous decade.
Few countries then had airplanes; airfields and supply depots were virtually non-existent. The Pacific and North Atlantic oceans had never been crossed by air. To extend the Cruisers range, radios, rafts, parachutes, life jackets and even survival rations were left behind. In the press, the fliers were given little hope of surviving the hazardous ordeal. Strap yourself into the cockpit and ride along with these young American airmen as they attempt to do the impossible, to complete their flight – and change the course of history for the balance of the Twentieth Century.
"The photographs and artwork will enable readers to grasp the magnificence of the transoceanic flying boats. . . . The accurate, authoritative text will provide information that is new to all but the exceptionally well-informed aviation buff and nonspecialist historian."
For a world coming out of economic depression in the 1930s, the Pan American Airways Clipper "flying boats" symbolized elegance and luxury, adventure and romance. Illustrated with rare period photographs, vintage travel posters, magazine ads and colorful company brochures, this fascinating book covers every aspect of the fabulous era of Pan American's graceful clippers.
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In Skygods, Robert Gandt, a Pan Am pilot for twenty-six years, gives the first inside account of Pan Am's unprecedented demise. To tell the complete story, Gandt interviewed hundreds of former Pan Am airmen and executives. Gandt reveals what really happened in the cockpits, where Pan Am's captains, dressed in Navy-style uniforms, once ruled their ships like petty tyrants. Though Pan Am captains were considered the best and the brightest in the industry, Skygods tells disturbing stories of captains who let stewardesses land their planes, who flew at the wrong altitude and in the wrong direction, and who tragically disappeared along with their planes into the night. Gandt takes readers behind the scenes at Pan Am's executive offices in the landmark Pan Am building – a massive edifice to the founder's personal vision. He shows how a series of impulsive and short-sighted CEOs succeeded in destroying one of America's greatest companies. Pan Am employees were rocked by the company's decision to purchase a domestic carrier – at an eventual cost of nearly a billion dollars. Strapped with debt and flying half-empty planes to places like Monrovia, Rabat, and Lagos, Pan Am then stunned its employees by selling its profitable Pacific routes. The airline that could bend the wills of American presidents was reduced to relying on the Shah of Iran for the financial salvation it would never receive. Ultimately, it was a senseless terrorist act over Scotland that shattered Pan Am forever – and ended an era in American travel. In 1966, Pan Am had reached the zenith of its wealth and influence. Under aviation pioneer Juan Trippe, the airline had risen from the muddy back-waters of Latin America to a place of preeminence in world commerce. Told from points of view of airmen and executives, Skygods gives the inside story on the demise of the world's most experienced airlines.
Reviews of The Miraculous Torpedo Squadron by Jūzõ Mori. The Miraculous Torpedo Squadron by Jūzõ Mori – Kindle edition by Jūzõ Mori. 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 Miraculous Torpedo Squadron by Jūzõ Mori.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
This is the autobiography of Jūzõ Mori, a torpedo bomber pilot in the Imperial Japanese Navy during WWII. Never before translated into English, this book gives a vivid depiction of what it was like to fly and fight for the IJN. Contents include the author's youth in pre-war Japan, joining the navy and training to become a pilot, and his combat experiences during the war. Mori flew first in China, then took part in the attack on Pearl Harbor, the invasion of Wake Island, the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asian operations, the battle of Midway and the battle for Guadalcanal. This is a rare opportunity to view the war through the eyes of one of our opponents in his own words.
Filled with hitherto unrevealed details about the most significant battles of the war, this book is a must read for those interested in the history of the Pacific War.
Nick Voge spent many years working as a translator in Japan and is also a commercial pilot flying for a small Hawaiian airline. He is thus uniquely qualified to translate this epic story into English.