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Officers in Flight Suits: The Story of American Air Force Fighter Pilots in the Korean War

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000


    Many authors, such as Robert Futrell and Larry Davis, have written very thorough histories of the air war in Korea, giving dates, missions flown, technical data, etc., but this is the first book on social and cultural histories of that subject. Unlike World War II, the exploits of fighter pilots in Korea overshadowed the bombing campaigns. This book is an extensive examination of the 'flight suit attitude,' a combination of cockiness and pride that has always characterized fighter pilots. 'Officers in Flight Suits' details these pilot`s social backgrounds, aviation training, combat effectiveness, and off-duty activities, focusing on eleven living participants (such as Robinson Risner) after Sherwood interviewed approximately fifty flight suit officers. The air war in Korea is best remembered for its legendary air battles between the American F-86 Sabre and the Russian built MiG-15, which Sherwood emphasizes, but he also devotes many pages to the fighter-bomber pilots involved in air interdiction in Korea. I have visited by phone with Mr. Sherwood several times and found him exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful with my hobby of giving programs to clubs and schools on the air war over Korea. This is a great book! If you have any interest in the Korea War and haven`t read this book, buy it now!

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