FIRST WORLD FLIGHT – The Odyssey of Billy Mitchell

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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.

Stuka Pilot

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Autobiography of WW2 Nazi pilot Hans Rudel the most highly decorated German serviceman of WW2, and the only one to be awarded the Third Reich's most prestigious medal which was specially created for Rudel by Hitler himself, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.

Shot down over 24 times, Hans Rudel is credited with destroying over 500 tanks, 2,000 ground targets, the Russian battleship Marat, two cruisers and a destroyer, and was so successful against Russian forces that Joseph Stalin put up a 100,000 rouble ransom on his head. His flying record of over 2,500 missions remains unmatched by any pilot since.
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Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight

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"Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight" presents new, compelling evidence to credit Gustave Whitehead as "first in powered flight" and inventor of the airplane. This book reveals the fascinating truth about Whitehead's successful powered flights in Connecticut, more than two years before the Wrights flew at Kitty Hawk. Learn the startling reasons why the Wright brothers aren't "first in flight", as you enter the hidden history of early aviation.

Skygods: The Fall of Pan Am

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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.

Firsts in Flight: Alexander Graham Bell and his Innovative Airplanes

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Alexander Graham Bell and his team of innovative young engineers created groundbreaking new technologies during three years of furious activity in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, in the early 1900s. The knowledge and skills of this group allowed them to innovate flight technologies which have continued to be fundamental to aircraft design. In this book, aviation author Terrance MacDonald puts together, for the first time, the full story of their achievements.

Bell's unique group of engineers, a mechanical specialist and a military officer, built over twenty airplanes, which incorporated many new sophisticated technological developments. Bell's well-known Silver Dart was only one of a long line of his team's experimental airplanes.
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