Just released in time for the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor is “White Pearl, Red Sea: The Attack on Pearl Harbor — Two Sides to Every Battle” by Douglas Westfall and Ryozo Kimihira. [Read more…]
A single word, which is also a city in Wisconsin, conjures up feelings like few others among the aviation crowd.
To many, AirVenture – as the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual fly-in and convention is officially known – is the center of the aviation universe. To others, it is a family reunion. The event that is AirVenture is as personal as it is immense. [Read more…]
The National Air and Space Museum has the preeminent collection of aircraft anywhere. A new book – Milestones of Flight – looks at 29 legendary aircraft from the 1903 Wright Flyer to the MQ-1L Predator drone.
While powered flight has a relatively short history, the achievements made are remarkable. Milestones of Flight uses the National Air and Space Museum’s collection to shine the spotlight on those achievements. A few of the 190 photos from the book follow. [Read more…]
Like most things in aviation — and society — evolution occurs. The cockpit of the warbird has evolved more than many.
From the very early days of the open cockpit aircraft with fleece-lined leather clad pilots to high-tech, all weather fighting machines, Fighting Cockpits by Donald Nijboer dives deep into more than 50 warbird cockpits.
Following are handful of the more than 200 images from the book. [Read more…]
Few things capture the aerospace imagination like experimental aircraft. And few went to the edge like the United States Air Force.
Steve Pace’s new book, The Big Book of X-Bombers and X-Fighters, showcases all of the USAF jet-powered X-bombers and X-fighters that have flown since 1942. More than 90 aircraft, including a few “could have been” and a few “what may be.” [Read more…]
Area 51, until recently, was the worst-kept U.S. government secret. We all knew it existed, but the mystery of the place remained, and still does.
Bill Yenne’s book, “Area 51 Black Jets – A History of the Aircraft Developed at Groom Lake, America’s Secret Aviation Base,” does much to unveil the mystery.
Are you on the hunt for a new history of aviation book? If so, “Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History” should pique your interest. The 300+ page book is full of more than 800 color pictures, divided into 10 chapters. Each chapter, except the first, dives into aviation history, by decade.
With the movie Top Gun back in theaters, the timing of Dave “Bio” Baranek’s book titled, Topgun Days, is appropriate. The subtitle says it all… “Dogfighting, cheating death, and Hollywood glory as one of America’s Best Fighter Jocks.”
Baranek was a Top Gun instructor when he “was assigned to combine his day-to-day flight duties with participation in a Pentagon-blessed project to film action footage for a major Hollywood movie.” As you’d imagine, the book is full of story-after-story and some imagery to match. Topgun Days is available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Author Richard Bach has finished a new book – Hypnotizing Maria – after a 10 year absence. And, for all the Bach fans, you can be assured this one is much like several of his earlier ones, particularly Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
And, like most of his books, Hypnotizing Maria is a physically small book (5.5X7.25 inches) and in number of pages (160). But, like other books, it is huge in making the reader think and explore the inner self.