Reviews of JG26: Top Guns of the Luftwaffe. JG26: Top Guns of the Luftwaffe – Kindle edition by Donald Caldwell. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading JG26: Top Guns of the Luftwaffe.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
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Jagdgeschwader 26, the German elite fighter unit, was more feared by the Allies than any other Luftwaffe group. Based on extensive archival research in Europe, personal combat diaries and interviews with more than 50 surviving pilots, Caldwell has assembled a superb day-to-day chronicle of JG 26 operations, from its first air victory in 1939 to its final combat patrol in 1945.
A microcosm of World War II exists in the rise and fall of this famous fighter wing. For the first two years of the war it was an even match between the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitts and Focke Wulfs; but the scales tipped in favour of the Allies in 1943 with the arrival of the Eighth US Air Force and its peerless P-51 Mustang.
The book has been endorsed by the top fighter commanders of three air forces: the RAF (Johnnie Johnson), the USAAF (Hub Zemke), and the Luftwaffe (Adolf Galland) and is considered essential reading for anyone interested in the aerial war of 1941–45.
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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!
Reviews of Ten Years Flying the F-105. Ten Years Flying the F-105 eBook: Randolph Reynolds: Kindle Store. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
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This book is about this young man who loved to fly and after several years was flying the F-105. There are two Parts to this story. The firstis a synopsis of my early years as a fighter pilot. I started off at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas and a year later found myself going to three places in a two year period. First was Yokota Japan to join the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, then I began sitting on nuclear alert in Korea. In between being “home” in Japan and sitting alert in Osan Korea I was flying combat missions out of Takhli Tailand. I touch but briefly on these because there are so many men who flew combat missions during Rolling Thunder that their stories are numerous and available elsewhere. Japan was exotic, Korea boring, and Thailand intense.
Part II of this vignette covers that period about seven years later when I am flying with the Air Force Reserve. It was wonderful to be back flying the F-105 and this part of the story reveals what our mission was and how we operated.
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Reviews of The Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships: Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg. The Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships: Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg – Kindle edition by Harold Dick, Douglas Robinson. 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 Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships: Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
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Drawing on the extensive photographs, notes, diaries, reports, recorded data, and manuals he collected during his five years at the Zeppelin Company in Germany, from 1934 through 1938, Harold G. Dick tells the story of the two great passenger Zeppelins. Against the background of German secretiveness, especially during the Nazi period, Dick's accumulation of material and pictures is extraordinary. His original photographs and detailed observations on the handling and flying of the two big rigids constitute the essential data on this phase of aviation history.
Reviews of Fallen Fortress: A true story of the training and survival of a downed B-17 pilot during WW II. Fallen Fortress: A true story of the training and survival of a downed B-17 pilot during WW II – Kindle edition by Tom Bartlett. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Fallen Fortress: A true story of the training and survival of a downed B-17 pilot during WW II.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
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On April 27th, 1944, an 8th Air Force B-17 piloted by Lt. W. C. Shaddix was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Belgium. Shaddix and his crew bailed out of their crippled bomber and Shaddix alone was able to elude capture by the German Army. The rest of his crew spent the war in German POW camps. Shaddix was hidden and protected by the Belgian underground who passed him along from family to family. While trying to make his way to neutral Spain along with another downed pilot, Shaddix was picked up by the French Underground who were fighting a guerilla war in the Ardennes Forest. He joined them in their battle against the retreating German Army. Finally their unit was swept up by Patton’s 3rd Army as it raced across Europe.
Drawing on interviews, diaries, and recently declassified documents, author Tom Bartlett, a former Air Force officer, traces the remarkable story of the training, survival, and return of a downed B-17 pilot.