Brassey's Air Combat Reader: Historic Feats and Aviation Legends

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Showcasing the twentieth century’s best writing on the topic of air combat from World War I through the Gulf War, Brassey’s Air Combat Reader examines the evolution of air combat strategy and tactics. It includes extracts from memoirs by such legends as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, hair-raising third-person accounts by such great pilots as Douglas Bader and by such heroic leaders as Pete Mitscher, and one compelling work of fiction by best-selling novelist Walter Boyne. Classic writings on the art and science of air...

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Overview

Showcasing the twentieth century’s best writing on the topic of air combat from World War I through the Gulf War, Brassey’s Air Combat Reader examines the evolution of air combat strategy and tactics. It includes extracts from memoirs by such legends as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, hair-raising third-person accounts by such great pilots as Douglas Bader and by such heroic leaders as Pete Mitscher, and one compelling work of fiction by best-selling novelist Walter Boyne. Classic writings on the art and science of air warfare by visionaries Billy Mitchell, Giulio Douhet, and others trace the evolution of military aviation. Philip Handleman concludes with an insightful chapter about the future of air warfare.

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“Anyone interested in the history of air warfare will treasure this wide-ranging anthology.”

“Succeeds by any measure. It lets hardcore aviation aficionados experience a taste of air combat without running the risk of actually getting shot. . . It also serves as a superb guide to some of the best reading on the subject.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574887525
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2005
  • Series: History of War
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Handleman is a pilot and owner of vintage aircraft, an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, an aviation photographer, and the author of numerous aviation books.

Walter J. Boyne is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot, the former director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, a best-selling author, and a world-renowned authority on aviation history. His thirty books include The Smithsonian Book of Flight, Eagles at War, and Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the United States Air Force, 1947-1997. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia.

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