Fire Bombers in Action Videobook

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Whether watching the images on TV or in real life, nearly everyone has witnessed the riveting scene of a fast, low-flying aircraft dropping torrents of water or retardant on a blazing wildfire. Fire Bombers in Action takes the reader inside the gritty world of aerial firefighting using both still photographs and dramatic video footage of these amazing aircraft and the men who fly them. Covering more than four decades of study and exposure to aerial firefighting in many regions of the United States, this book ...

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Overview

Whether watching the images on TV or in real life, nearly everyone has witnessed the riveting scene of a fast, low-flying aircraft dropping torrents of water or retardant on a blazing wildfire. Fire Bombers in Action takes the reader inside the gritty world of aerial firefighting using both still photographs and dramatic video footage of these amazing aircraft and the men who fly them. Covering more than four decades of study and exposure to aerial firefighting in many regions of the United States, this book tells the story from the earliest attempts to combat dangerous and sometimes deadly wildfires with the use of aircraft. From primitive aerial operations in the 1920s to the use of converted World War II bombers in the 1950s and even jet transports today, author Frederick A. Johnsen covers it all. Noted for his life-long interest in this subject, Johnsen documents vintage and modern aircraft alike, and includes detailed appendices giving every possible detail of the aircraft types and specific airplanes used as fire bombers.

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Fire Bombers in Action Videobook
So once again, Specialty Press has hit a grand slam with this book. It is a fascinating read and has a huge number of quality photos of the planes and men involved in fire fighting. For fans of the genre or those who just like interesting aircraft, this book is most highly recommended. -Modeling Madness, reviewed by Scott Van Aken, September 2010
IPMS
If you have an interest in fire fighting aviation this is the definitive volume on the subject. For the scale modeler, the book is a treasure trove of visual inspiration and research information. I highly recommend it. You need this volume in your library. --(Chuck Bush, September 2010)
Model Aircraft Monthly
If you are a modeller who is interested in something different, then you will have a field-day modifying currently available kits and adding exotic paint schemes. There is a lifetime of modelling in this book. -(UK), November 2010
SciTech Book News
This book will appeal to the genaral reader and those studying aeronautics and wildland fire fighting.
Internet Modeler
Combined with the printed photos, this book becomes one of the best photo references on fire bombers out there, well worth the price. --(Chris Banyai-Riepl)
Aviation History
Johnsen's knowledge of the subject is evident throughout, and his insightful photo captions are a wonderful addition to the text. --(Watler J. Boyne)
Model Airplane International
Although a pretty unusual subject for the modeller there are various conversations available for certain types, so this new title is one that we can highly recommend if you fancy having any of the featured types in your collection.
Hyperscale
This book is a great addition to anyone's library and in particular any person who is interested in Fire Bombers and their operation. --(Mick Evans)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071475
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,435,778
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick A. Johnsen has been a fire bomber enthusiast since childhood when he encountered a World War II-era TBM Avenger at?his local airport in 1961. Fred served as consulting curator to the Museum of Flight in Seattle during its design phase, and founding curator of the McChord Air Museum at McChord Air Force Base, Washington. Since 1981 Fred has served as an Air Force historian and curator, NASA public affairs officer, and is currently the director of the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He has authored?more than 20 aviation books and monographs,?and his?articles and photos also have appeared in numerous periodicals. Fred's aviation video productions have been screened at major aerospace events and were even selected for showing to the President aboard Air Force One.

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