Fire Bombers in Action Videobook

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Whether seeing the images on TV or in real life, nearly everyone has witnessed the riveting scene of fast, low-flying aircraft dropping torrents of water or retardant on a blazing wildfire. Fire Bombers In Action takes you inside the gritty world of aerial firefighting using still photographs and more than 60 minutes of dramatic video footage showing these historic aircraft and the pilots who fly them. Compiled from four decades of study and research of aerial firefighting in many regions of the United States, ...

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Overview

Whether seeing the images on TV or in real life, nearly everyone has witnessed the riveting scene of fast, low-flying aircraft dropping torrents of water or retardant on a blazing wildfire. Fire Bombers In Action takes you inside the gritty world of aerial firefighting using still photographs and more than 60 minutes of dramatic video footage showing these historic aircraft and the pilots who fly them. Compiled from four decades of study and research of aerial firefighting in many regions of the United States, this book tells the air tanker story from the earliest attempts to combat dangerous and sometimes deadly wildfires with the use of airplanes. From primitive aerial operations in the 1920s and converted World War II bombers in the 1950s to Vietnam-era aircraft 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 appendices giving every possible detail about the general aircraft types and specific airplanes used as fire bombers in the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

Modeling Madness
"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
Sci Tech Book News
"This book will appeal to the genaral reader and those studying aeronautics and wildland fire fighting." -SciTech Book News, December 2010
Air Force Magazine
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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." -IPMS, reviewed by 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. -Model Aircraft Monthly (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." -Internet Modeler, reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl, October 2010
Aviation History
"Johnsen's knowledge of the subject is evident throughout, and his insightful photo captions are a wonderful addition to the text." -Aviation History, reviewed by Watler J. Boyne, January 2011
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." -Model Airplane International, February 2011
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." -Hyperscale, reviewed by Mick Evans, February 2011
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071475
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,412,342
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick A. Johnsen has authoredmore than 20 aviation books and monographs,and hisarticles and photos also have appeared in numerous periodicals including Air Force, Airman,Aviation Week & Space Technology, EAA Magazine, Flight Journal, FlyPast, Koku-Fan,Wings & Airpower, The Seattle Times, Associated Press wire service, and others. 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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