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Early French Aviation, 1905-1930

Early French Aviation, 1905-1930

Author: Simons, Graham M Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2019

France has been called the cradle of aviation by many - a fact that cannot be disputed, although some have tried. By the end of the 19th century, she led the world in lighter-than-air flight. Any concern about heavier-than-air flight was dismissed as inevitable, and France would achieve it in due course. By the time Bl riot bravely enquired Which way is England?' the country was ready to redress any perceived shortfall. Besides leading European aviation, France was the nation that named all the parts of an aeroplane with words many of which we still use everywhere today. France was also the first nation to stage air exhibitions. Unlike their counterparts in Britain, Germany and America, French designers were thoroughly entrepreneurial and tried a wide variety of adventurous styles from pusher to canard and monoplane to multiplane. In 1909 the first Air Show was held at the Grand Palais. The Exposition Internationale de locomotion a rienne' ushered in what was to become an enduring tradition. Every year, the aircraft exhibitions were a massive success. The interior design by Andr Granet, who since his youth had been fascinated by flying, was such a success that the Automobile-Club subsequently commissioned Granet to do the same for the car shows. It is not surprising that all this derring-do, all these technological achievements and all this innovation drew reporters and photographers like moths to a flame. The men, the machines, the places and the events all were recorded, reported, reproduced and then were filed away. Hundreds of images appeared in print, but thousands were printed up only as contact prints from large-format glass negatives and then disappeared into albums to be forgotten about. In the mid-1990s the author came across one such treasure-trove; a number of dust-covered albums containing around five hundred images of aircraft, airships and expositions - it is doubtful if most have appeared in print before, so this will probably be the first time the events of these French pioneers have ever been showcased.

Korean American Pioneer Aviators The Willows Airmen

Korean American Pioneer Aviators The Willows Airmen

Author: Edward Taehan Chang, Woo Sung Han Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2019

Korean American Pioneer Aviators: The Willows Airmen is the untold story of the brave Korean men who took to the skies more than twenty years before the Tuskegee Airmen fought in World War II. The tale of the Willows Aviation School connects Korean, American, and Korean American aviation history. The book also correctly identifies the first Korean aviator and ties the origin of the Korean Air Force to the Korean American community who started the Willows Aviation School in 1920.

United States Airborne Divisions 1942-2018 Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

United States Airborne Divisions 1942-2018 Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Author: Green, Michael Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2019

In 1942 the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were formed and three more followed. 17th and 92nd (All American Division) and 101st (Screaming Eagles) fought in Sicily, D-Day, MARKET GARDEN and the Rhine Crossing (VARSITY). The 11th served in the Far East. The 13th did not see combat. Only the 82nd survived the post-war cull. The Screaming Eagles were reactivated in 1956 and both divisions served in Vietnam with the 101st becoming a helicopter delivered airmobile' division in 1968 before being re-designated an air assault' division in 1974. As this superbly illustrated book describes, both 82nd and 101st earned their reputations as crack' divisions at the forefront of US operations and military interventions, be it Grenada (URGENT FURY), Panama (JUST CAUSE), the Gulf Wars and most recently Afghanistan (ENDURING FREEDOM). Thanks to the Author's knowledge and research, this Images of War book gives the reader a full insight into the battles and the men and their equipment that have made these divisions the elite of the US Army.

Vought F4u Corsair

Vought F4u Corsair

Author: Pautigny Bruno, Gohin Nicolas Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Construit a plus de 12 000 exemplaires dans six versions principales, utilise par certaines forces aeriennes jusque dans les annees 1970, mais surtout avion emblematique de la guerre du Pacifique et veritable vedette du petit ecran, le Chance Vought F4U Corsair est assurement l'un des avions les plus celebres de l'histoire de l'Aviation. Immediatement reconnaissable a sa voilure en ailes de mouette , configuration imposee par son helice de tres grand diametre, le Corsair, apres des debuts difficiles, fut l'un des artisans du succes de l'aeronavale americaine pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, y gagnant au passage son surnom de mort sifflante , en raison du bruit engendre par son moteur et sa voilure lors des attaques. Faute d'un successeur disponible et efficace, il reprit aillamment du service lors de la guerre de Coree au cours de laquelle il effectua pres de 80% des missions d'attaque au sol. Si les Etats Unis furent les principaux utilisateurs du F4U, la Fleet Air Arm britannique l'utilisa des le Second Conflit mondial, y compris sur le theatre d'operations europeen, tandis que la France, pour laquelle une version specifique fut fabriquee par Vought, ne retira du service ses derniers Corsair qu'au debut des annees 1960, apres les avoir utilises au combat en Algerie et a Suez.

The Berlin Airlift The World's Largest Ever Air Supply Operation

The Berlin Airlift The World's Largest Ever Air Supply Operation

Author: John Grehan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2019

The fate of the free world hung in the balance. Stalin's Soviet Union sought to drive the Western democracies from Germany to continue the communist advance across Europe. The first step in Stalin's scheme was to bring Berlin under Soviet control. Berlin was situated deep inside the Soviet-occupied region of the country, but the German capital had been divided into two halves, one of which was occupied by the Soviet Union, the other, in separate sectors, by Britain, France and the USA. Stalin decided to make the Allied hold on West Berlin untenable by shutting down all the overland routes used to keep the city supplied. The choice faced by the Allies was a stark one - let Berlin fall, or risk war with the Soviets by breaking the Soviet stranglehold. In a remarkably visionary move, the Allies decided that they could keep Berlin supplied by flying over the Soviet blockade, thus avoiding armed conflict with the USSR. On 26 June 1948, the Berlin Airlift began. Throughout the following thirteen months, more than 266,600 flights were undertaken by the men and aircraft from the US, France, Britain and across the Commonwealth, which delivered in excess of 2,223,000 tons of food, fuel and supplies in the greatest airlift in history. The air-bridge eventually became so effective that more supplies were delivered to Berlin than had previously been shipped overland and Stalin saw that his bid to seize control of the German capital could never succeed. At one minute after midnight on 12 May 1949, the Soviet blockade was lifted, and the Soviet advance into Western Europe was brought to a shuddering halt.

Topgun An American Story

Topgun An American Story

Author: Barrett Tillman, Dan Pedersen Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/05/2019

Top Gun became a household name with the worldwide success of the film of the same title. The 1986 blockbuster starring Tom Cruise as a hotshot U.S. Navy fighter pilot was so popular (drawing $356 million worldwide) that recruiters set up desks in theaters that were showing it, looking to attract the next generation of combat aviators. The movie did for Navy pilots what The Right Stuff did for astronauts. With the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the real TOPGUN-as the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons program was known-approaching in 2019, and with Jerry Bruckheimer's sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, set to shoot next year, this is the time to publish the real story of the actual risk takers, disruptors, and innovators who revolutionized the art of aerial combat and created the center for excellence and incubator of leadership that thrives to this day. Here is the inside story of TOPGUN, told by the man who was picked to lead it at the start, from war to peace and back to war again, on and off the flight line, and through all six of our decades. Though Pedersen was a part of it at the beginning, some other great pilots carried on our work and he is eager to pay them tribute and make the book a celebration of our whole community. It's a great story, full of interesting characters and exciting history that American should know.

Top Gun 50 Years of Naval Air Superiority

Top Gun 50 Years of Naval Air Superiority

Author: Dwight Jon Zimmerman Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/05/2019

The F-14 Tomcat in the War on Terror Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

The F-14 Tomcat in the War on Terror Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Author: Tony Holmes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2019

By the autumn of 2001, the venerable F-14 Tomcat had been developed into a truly multi-role fighter-bomber thanks to the aircraft's awesome load-carrying capacity, legendary long range and the advent of a bolt-on targeting sensor pod for precision bombing. Although, by then, the F-14 was far from being in the flush of youth, it was given more mission tasking than any other aircraft embarked in a US carrier. Having successfully evolved into the Bombcat' over the previous decade, the F-14 went on to play a pivotal role in the US military's War on Terror' from 2001 through to its retirement in 2006\. Indeed, its contribution in Operations Enduring Freedom (2001-02) and Iraqi Freedom (2003-06) meant that the aircraft approached phasing out from US Navy fleet service with its claws well and truly bared. _F-14 Tomcat in the War on Terror_ is heavily illustrated with photographs taken by the Naval Aviators that flew the jet in combat over Afghanistan and Iraq, complemented by professional images taken by US Navy photographers and the world's best civilian aviation photo-journalists. The author was given unique access to veterans of these campaigns upon their return to the USA, and he also embarked on board several aircraft carriers in-theatre during the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. The images taken by those who flew the jet in combat during the War on Terror is what sets this book apart from other Tomcat titles.

Pzl P.11c

Pzl P.11c

Author: Jan Hoffmann, Grzegorz Szymanowski Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2019

The PZL P.11 was a Polish fighter aircraft, designed in the early 1930s by PZL in Warsaw and briefly considered to be the most advanced fighter aircraft design in the world. The PZL P.11 served as Poland's primary fighter defence in the Polish campaign of 1939, but by that point was outdated due to rapid advances in aircraft design. The book offers a detailed photographic documentation of the aircraft's renovation process. All photo captions are in English with a Polish summary provided. About the Series This is a classic series of highly illustrated books on the best machines of war, with several hundred photographs of each aircraft or vehicle. With close-up views of the key features of each machine, including its variations, markings and modifications, customising and creating a model has never been easier. Includes extra features such as decals and masking foil.

U S Marine Corps Aviation Since 1912

U S Marine Corps Aviation Since 1912

Author: Peter B. Mersky Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2019

This heavily illustrated work is the only book to describe the entire history of the U.S. Marine Corps' air arm. With hundreds of rare photographs, this fourth edition represents a major redesign and update of the last edition, published more than a decade ago. Chapters include descriptions of early development and training, as well as combat deployments during World War I and in Central America. World War II and Korea, Vietnam, the Balkans, and Southwest Asia campaigns are also well covered. The book's emphasis is on the Marines who made up the air squadrons, developed the aircraft and tactics, and fought the battles as the main support of troops on the ground. The text includes first-person accounts and comments from many participants-aviators and crewmen alike. About the Author Peter B. Mersky, a retired commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, was a longtime editor of Approach magazine. A resident of Alexandria, VA, he has written more than a dozen books, including The Naval Air War in Vietnam.

Rampant Raider An A-4 Skyhawk Pilot in Vietnam

Rampant Raider An A-4 Skyhawk Pilot in Vietnam

Author: Stephen R. Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2019

A member of Light Attack Squadron 212 s Rampant Raiders, A-4 pilot Stephen R. Gray writes about his experiences flying combat sorties from the deck of an aircraft carrier during one of the most intense periods of aerial combat in U.S. history. From the perspective of a junior naval aviator, Gray reveals the lessons he learned first at the Naval Aviation Training Command and then in actual combat flying the Skyhawk from USS Bon Homme Richard in Vietnam. Training strengthens commitment, Gray points out, allowing ordinary men like him to fly dangerous missions. Readers will discover how circumstances created heroe--heroes who managed to overcome their personal fears for a greater cause--and how, despite the lack of public support for the war, the men remained committed to one another. The book addresses how men react to service during contentious political times to offer lessons relevant today.

Airborne Forces at War

Airborne Forces at War

Author: John T. Greenwood, Clifton Berry, Robert K. Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/04/2019

This large-format book takes the reader on an illustrated tour of the US Army's hard-hitting airborne forces, from the original Parachute Test Platoon of 1940, to the multiple global commitment of the 21st century. Airborne operations of World War II in Europe and the Pacific begin an inspiring story that leads through Korea nd Vietnam to the present day. Besides the operations, the book also gives prominence to the men of these elite units, and especially those who received the highest US award for heroism, the Medal of Honor. Featuring more than 150 photographs, some rare or seldom seen, the work highlights the extraordinary history of the airborne units as they added new dimensions to military operations, arriving from the sky by parachute and aircraft and compressing time by their swift deployment. This book is published in cooperation with the Association of the United States Army. John T. Greenwood served as editor of Karl-Heinz Frieser's The Blitzkrieg Legend. Clifton Berry Jr. is the author of United States Army at War: 9/11 through Iraq.