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Jet Pioneer

Autor: Carl Schneider
ISBN: 9780998922225
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Jet Pioneer: A Fighter Pilot's Memoir is the remarkable story of Major General Carl G. Schneider's thirty-two year U.S. Air Force career. Beginning in 1946 as a newly enlisted AAF private, he rose through the ranks to become a two star general--an accomplishment very few men in American history have ever achieved. This book is a fascinating look into the unprecedented career of a jet fighter pilot who flew one hundred combat missions in Korea and served in Vietnam flying combat missions with the VNAF. Filled with personal stories, Jet Pioneer: A Fighter Pilot's Memoir takes the reader along as the author recounts riveting combat missions, often humorous accounts of his Air Force career as well as the "gut-wrenching moments" of learning close friends were shot down by the enemy and killed or captured.

Fighter Pilot

Autor: Christina Olds
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9780312569518
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Robin Olds was many things to many people. To his West Point football coach he was an All American destined for the National College Football Hall of Fame. To his P-38 and P-51 wartime squadrons in WWII he was the aggressive fighter pilot who made double ace and became their commander in nine short months. For the pioneers of the jet age, he was the wingman on the first jet demo team, a racer in the Thompson Trophy race, and the only U.S. exchange officer to command an RAF squadron. In the tabloid press he was the dashing flying hero who married the glamorous movie star. For the current crop of fighter pilots he is best known as the leader of the F-4 Wolfpack battling over North Vietnam. For cadets at the Air Force Academy he was a role model and mentor. He was all of those things and more. Here's Robin's story in his own words and gleaned from the family and friends of his lifetime. Here's the talent and learning, the passion and leadership, the love and disappointments of his life. Few men have written on the tablets of aviation history with such a broad and indelible brush. Olds was a classic hero with vices as well as virtues, a life writ large that impacted many.

A Wasp Among Eagles

Autor: Ann Carl
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588343413
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Before World War II most Americans did not believe that the average woman could fly professionally, but during the war more than a thousand women pilots proved them wrong. These were the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), who served as military flyers on the home front. In March 1944 one of them, Ann Baumgartner, was assigned to the Fighter Flight Test Branch at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. There she would make history as the only woman to test-fly experimental planes during the war and the first woman to fly a jet. A WASP among Eagles is the first-person story of how Baumgartner learned to fly, trained as a WASP, and became one of the earliest jet-age pioneers. Flying such planes as the Curtiss A-25 Helldiver, the Lockheed P-38, and the B-29 Superfortress, she was the first woman to participate in a host of experiments, including in-air refueling and flying the first fighter equipped with a pressurized cockpit. But in evaluating the long-awaited turbojet-powered Bell YP-59A, she set a “first” record that would remain unchallenged for ten years.

Little House On The High Plains

Autor: Carl Schneider
ISBN: 9781640084544
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Carl Schneider and his five siblings didn't come from wealth and privilege. His parents, a farmer and a schoolteacher, taught him and his five brothers and sisters the value of family, faith, laughter, and love in overcoming hardships like the Great Depression.

Vietnam Saga

Autor: Jr Stan Corvin
ISBN: 9780998922232
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Vietnam Saga is a very personal story of Stan Corvin's often perilous times in the U.S. Army as a two tour combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam. It's a true-life story of soldiers who fought for freedom and often for their very lives. Vietnam Saga is also a story about the meaning of life. Standing back from his war experience, Stan reflects on his ever-present faith and how it carried him through this challenging period of his life. Originally written as a legacy to Stan Corvin's family--something that will be passed down for many generations--Vietnam Saga is now an opportunity for you to share in this legacy and the personal recollections, memories, thoughts, fears and shed tears of a decorated and dedicated American soldier.

Marines Helicopters 1962 1973

Autor: William R. Fails
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 0788118188
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Traces the development of helicopters in the Marine Corps from 1962 to 1973. Portrays accurately the difficulties faced and the obstacles conquered by the men who developed helicopters in the Marine Corps. Over 100 figures, maps, photos, and tables.


Autor: Giora Romm
Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC
ISBN: 1936891220
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“Fighter pilots tell the greatest stories and the great ones tell the best stories of all…” —PAT CONROY, bestselling author of The Great Santini and The Death of Santini “This book is not only among the finest war writing ever but, like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, Solitary sits alongside the most profound reflections on the resilience and capacity of the human soul.” —STEVEN PRESSFIELD, bestselling author of The Lion’s Gate and The War of Art “Solitary is a gutsy story of one man’s survival, endurance, and strength of will…” —LARRY ALEXANDER, bestselling co-author of A Higher Call “I anxiously await the day my own sons are old enough to read it.” —RICH COHEN, bestselling author of Tough Jews “You will tear through this book…” —RYAN HOLLIDAY, bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way “It grabs you immediately, and doesn’t let go until you’re finished.” —TUCKER MAX, bestselling author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell “A magnificent triumph of the human spirit…I was captivated from the first page to the last.” —SEAN PARNELL, bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon Giora Romm was the Israeli Air Force's first fighter ace. As a twenty-two-year-old lieutenant he shot down five MiGs during the Six Day War of 1967. Fourteen months later over the Nile Delta, an Egyptian missile exploded beneath the tail of his Mirage IIIC. Within moments Romm found himself hanging by the straps of his parachute, with a broken arm and a leg shattered in a dozen places, looking down from 10,000 feet. Streams of farmers and field workers converged below onto the spot toward which his chute was descending, with the intention, he was certain, of hacking him to death as soon as his feet touched the earth. No other Israeli pilot had survived capture in Egypt or in any other Arab state. Solitary is Romm's story of his imprisonment, torture, interrogation, release, and return to service. Solitary is not a "war book." It's not a tale of heroism, though if anyone ever qualified for that distinction, it is this story's author. Solitary is not even, in its deepest parts, about captivity or imprisonment. Solitary is about Romm's inner war. It's the story, in his phrase, "of a fall from a great height," not only literally but metaphorically. Romm could not tell his captors the truth about who he was or what he had done. He had to invent an entire fictional biography and keep it straight in his head through months of beatings and interrogations, all the while being held in solitary confinement with his body sheathed from chest to toe in a plaster cast. Solitary is not a grim book. It's full of wry humor, keen self-observations and revelations. An ordeal such as Romm endured is a sojourn in hell, but it is also a passage. Romm fell, and he came back. Solitary is his indelible account of confronting, as few of us ever will, his own fears and limitations, and discovering, ultimately, his capacity to survive and to prevail. —From the Introduction by Steven Pressfield

Forever Flying

Autor: Robert A. Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
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The author recounts his experiences as a fighter pilot in World War II, a test pilot, and an aerobatic pilot

Supersonic Fighter Pilots

Autor: Ron Knott
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781466405301
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This book contains anecdotes of harrowing escapes and dramatic missions as told by the Navy Fighter Pilots who flew them. Each chapter is a first person account by America's finest aviators. This is not a book just for pilots – these are missions that will become part of the historical record, stories that deserve to be passed on to anyone who admires courage and unfailing dedication.

To Fly And Fight

Autor: Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1524563420
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Bud Anderson is a flyers flyer. The Californians enduring love of flying began in the 1920s with the planes that flew over his fathers farm. In January 1942, he entered the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program. Later after he received his wings and flew P-39s, he was chosen as one of the original flight leaders of the new 357th Fighter Group. Equipped with the new and deadly P-51 Mustang, the group shot down five enemy aircraft for each one it lost while escorting bombers to targets deep inside Germany. But the price was high. Half of its pilots were killed or imprisoned, including some of Buds closest friends. In February 1944, Bud Anderson, entered the uncertain, exhilarating, and deadly world of aerial combat. He flew two tours of combat against the Luftwaffe in less than a year. In battles sometimes involving hundreds of airplanes, he ranked among the groups leading aces with 16 aerial victories. He flew 116 missions in his old crow without ever being hit by enemy aircraft or turning back for any reason, despite one life or death confrontation after another. His friend Chuck Yeager, who flew with Anderson in the 357th, says, In an airplane, the guy was a mongoosethe best fighter pilot I ever saw. Buds years as a test pilot were at least as risky. In one bizarre experiment, he repeatedly linked up in midair with a B-29 bomber, wingtip to wingtip. In other tests, he flew a jet fighter that was launched and retrieved from a giant B-36 bomber. As in combat, he lost many friends flying tests such as these. Bud commanded a squadron of F-86 jet fighters in postwar Korea, and a wing of F-105s on Okinawa during the mid-1960s. In 1970 at age 48, he flew combat strikes as a wing commander against communist supply lines. To Fly and Fight is about flying, plain and simple: the joys and dangers and the very special skills it demands. Touching, thoughtful, and dead honest, it is the story of a boy who grew up living his dream.

Sea Stories

Autor: William H. McRaven
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1538729725
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Following the success of his #1 New York Times bestseller Make Your Bed, which has sold over one million copies, Admiral William H. McRaven is back with amazing stories of adventure during his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces. Admiral William H. McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of the most famous missions in recent memory, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. Sea Stories begins in 1960 at the American Officers' Club in France, where Allied officers and their wives gathered to have drinks and tell stories about their adventures during World War II -- the place where a young Bill McRaven learned the value of a good story. Sea Stories is an unforgettable look back on one man's incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages. Action-packed, inspiring, and full of thrilling stories from life in the special operations world, Sea Stories is a remarkable memoir from one of America's most accomplished leaders.

Look Mom I Can Fly

Autor: Robert Vrilakas
Publisher: Amethyst Moon
ISBN: 9781935354475
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In the mid-1920s the sound of airplane motors would cause the entire inhabitants of author Robert "Smoky" Vrilakas' small Northern California village to dash outside to look up at the sky. Overhead would be a Ford Trimotor passenger plane droning off toward some unknown destination, a sight almost as awesome then as watching a manned satellite pass over in space today. The author, then a young boy, thought those who flew airplanes had to be super humans, far beyond anything he could ever even dream of doing. Later, in the midst of the Great Depresssion, Smoky Vrilakas' life took a sudden, sweeping turn. Six months prior to the December Pearl Harbor attack and at only 22 years old, Smoky was drafted into the army in preparation for an expected major war. Look, Mom-I Can Fly! takes you through the author's Army infantry training and his Army Air Corp flight training. You will share Smoky's experience in learning to fly the Army's top fighter airplane of the time: the P-38 "Lightning." In mid-1943 you will travel with him and 65 other P-38 volunteer classmates to North Africa and Italy. There, as a member of the famed "Hat in the Ring" squadron, you will accompany him on 51 combat missions against the German Luftwaffe and Italian Air Force in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. All of the combat missions carried considerable risk. Some came very close to being Smoky's last. Meet some of Smoky's fellow P-38 pilots and learn about the everyday life of a fighter pilot of that era. This story confirms that determination and the will to meet a goal are the primary ingredients for success in any endeavor.

The Glass Castle

Autor: Jeannette Walls
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439156964
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The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

The German Aces Speak

Autor: Colin D. Heaton
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 1610597486
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DIVDIVFor the first time, four German WWII pilots share their side of the story./divDIV /divDIVFew perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat more perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II. As romanticized as any soldier in history, the WWII fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life: a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds. In the sixty-five-plus years since the Allied victory, stories of these pilots’ heroics have never been in short supply. But what about their adversaries—the highly skilled German aviators who pushed the Allies to the very brink of defeat?/divDIV /divDIVOf all of the Luftwaffe’s fighter aces, the stories of Walter Krupinski, Adolf Galland, Eduard Neumann, and Wolfgang Falck shine particularly bright. In The German Aces Speak, for the first time in any book, these four prominent and influential Luftwaffe fighter pilots reminisce candidly about their service in World War II. Personally interviewed by author and military historian Colin Heaton, they bring the past to life as they tell their stories about the war, their battles, their lives, and, perhaps most importantly, how they felt about serving under the Nazi leadership of Hermann Göring and Adolf Hitler. From thrilling air battles to conflicts on the ground with their own commanders, the aces’ memories disclose a side of World War II that has gone largely unseen by the American public: the experience of the German pilot./div/div

Fate Is The Hunter

Autor: Ernest K. Gann
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671636030
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Ernest K. Gann’s classic memoir is an up-close and thrilling account of the treacherous early days of commercial aviation. In his inimitable style, Gann brings you right into the cockpit, recounting both the triumphs and terrors of pilots who flew when flying was anything but routine.

Sky My Kingdom

Autor: Hanna Reitsch
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 1612000576
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The Sky My Kingdom is the fascinating autobiography of the famous World War test pilot - Hanna Reitsch (March 29, 1912 - August 24, 1979). As the war progressed, Reitsch was invited to fly many of Germany's latest (and increasingly desperate) designs, including the rocket-propelled Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, and several larger bombers on which she tested various mechanisms for cutting barrage balloon cables. After crashing on her fifth Me 163 flight, she was badly injured but insisted on writing her report before falling unconscious and spending five months in hospital. Eventually she became Adolf Hitler's favorite pilot. Reitsch was one of only two women awarded the Iron Cross First Class during World War II, and the only woman awarded the Luftwaffe Combined Pilot and Observer Badge with Diamonds. She survived many accidents and was badly injured several times. In the last days of the war Reitsch was asked to fly her companion, Colonel-General Robert Ritter von Greim, into Berlin to meet with Hitler. The city was already surrounded by Red Army troops who had made significant progress into the downtown area when they arrived on the 27th April, landing on a city street, and traveled to the Führerbunker. The aircraft she used was the justly famous Fieseler Storch already well known for the exploit that rescued Mussolini, only adding to the legend of both Reitsch and that aircraft. She is said to have overheard Hitler laying out plans for Nazi commanders to join together in mass suicide when it was obvious that the war was over. She also hoped to fly out propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels' six children, who had been staying in the bunker since April 22 with their parents, but neither Joseph nor Magda Goebbels would allow it. She escaped Berlin on 29th April by flying out through heavy Russian anti-aircraft fire. She was a devoted and idealistic Nazi, who adored Adolf Hitler and refused to believe the reports of concentration camps and torture. Not until much later would she say that she had been "disgusted" by what she witnessed in the Third Reich. She was held for 18 months by the American military after the war, she was interrogated and subsequently released. After the war German citizens were forbidden from flying, except, after a few years, in gliders. In 1952 Reitsch won third place in the world gliding championship in Spain (and was the only woman who competed). She continued to break records including the women's altitude record (6848 meters) and became German champion in 1955.

Jet Pioneers

Autor: Tim Kershaw
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0752494996
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In April 1941 Britain's first jet left the ground at a grass airfield 4 miles from Gloucester Cathedral. It was the start of a revolution in air travel, military and civilian. During the 1940s Britain's first-ever jet aircraft, the world's first jet fighter in squadron service and the first jet to hold the world air-speed record were all designed, built and flown in the Gloucester and Cheltenham area. The story of Frank Whittle's invention and dogged development of the jet engine is well known. But the account of how his invention was put into the air has never been fully told. This book tells the story of how the men and women of north Gloucestershire made Whittle's engine fly.

Call Sign Revlon

Autor: Sally Spears
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
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A biography of Kara Hultgreen, the first woman to fly the Navy's F-14 in a combat squadron and the first female fighter pilot to die in the line of duty

Hornet S Nest

Autor: Missy Cummings
Publisher: Writer's Showcase Press
ISBN: 9780595001903
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In 1993, the Combat Exclusion Law was repealed in a landmark decision. For the U.S. Navy, this meant that one of the last bastions of all male combat roles would be opened to women, the fighter and bomber squadrons. Despite the adamant protests of the male pilots, senior naval leadership, and various conservative groups, women were assigned to fighter squadrons in late 1993. Hornets Nest is the compelling account of one of the women in this first group, Lieutenant Missy Cummings. Waiting in the wings, Missy was an established adversary pilot and perfectly primed to step into the role of a combat pilot. Flying one of the worlds most technologically advanced fighters would be exhilarating for Missy, but not without an exacting price. Missys reception into the warrior ranks is overwhelmingly hostile and senior leadership in her squadron ensure that she receives harsh treatment, often deliberately criminal. Betrayed by the very institution that prides itself on honor, courage, and commitment, Missy eventually resigns from the Navy and abandons her dreams of a career. This real life drama concludes with a critical analysis of the integration of women into combat pilot roles, and the future of women in combat aviation.