Zenith Press has released “Flying Warbirds: An Illustrated Profile of the Flying Heritage Collection’s Rare WWII-Era Aircraft” by Cory Graff.
In hard-back volumes, Flying Warbirds brings U.S., British, German, Russian and Japanese fighting planes from the 1930s and 1940s together, complete with detailed photographs.
The airplanes at the Flying Heritage Collection were created at a time when aeronautical discovery had evolved to aviation mastery. Finely crafted by distinguished design bureaus with the leading technologies of the 1930s and 1940s, the main emphasis of the collection includes combat aircraft from World War II.
In 1998, Paul G. Allen began acquiring and preserving these iconic warriors and workhorses, many of which are the last of their kind. Allen’s passion for aviation and history, and his awareness of the increasing rarity of original World War II aircraft, motivated him to restore these artifacts.
Photographs include cockpit shots, exterior museum shots, historic photographs, and contemporary flying shots from photographers like award-winning John Dibbs.
Cory Graff is the Military Aviation Historian at the Flying Heritage Collection museum in Everett, Washington. In his free time, he works on aviation-related history projects, including exhibits and books. His articles have been published in Air & Space Smithsonian magazine and the Museum of Flight’s Aloft magazine. Graff is the author of five previous aviation books, including “Shot to Hell: The Stories and Photos of Ravaged WWII Warbirds,” “Strike and Return: American Air Power and the Fight for Iwo Jima,” and “P-47 Thunderbolt at War.”