Flying Through Time: A Journey Into History in a World War II Biplane [NOOK Book]

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Imagine what it would be like to talk and fly with the men who flew the airplanes of World War II. What was in their minds as they made their first solos? And what was air combat like? Flying Through Time is the closest many of us will come to understanding what it was like to be a WWII aviator.

Tens of thousands of America's pilots during World War II trained in the Boeing Stearman biplane. For most, it was their first airplane in a series of...
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Flying Through Time: A Journey Into History in a World War II Biplane

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Overview

Imagine what it would be like to talk and fly with the men who flew the airplanes of World War II. What was in their minds as they made their first solos? And what was air combat like? Flying Through Time is the closest many of us will come to understanding what it was like to be a WWII aviator.

Tens of thousands of America's pilots during World War II trained in the Boeing Stearman biplane. For most, it was their first airplane in a series of larger, faster, and more dangerous aircraft that they used to fight the war. The pilots would never forget their first flights in a Stearman and the adventures that followed. Jim Doyle, owner of a restored 1941 Stearman, retraced the wartime journeys of his plane, crossing the country twice; flying over California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas; and touching down at each of the eight bases at which it served. Flying Through Time is the story of Doyle's challenging flight and of the uncertainties of piloting a sixty-year-old biplane almost 8,000 miles. His experiences meeting, talking, and flying with the men who flew the legendary Stearman paint a vivid picture of the intense, emotion-filled days of World War II. The pilots' recollections, refreshed for many when they took the controls of Doyle's plane, are woven throughout the narrative of his trip. These anecdotes, and new information from an archive discovered during the flight, tell of fears, courage, humor, and the sheer adventure of the events that owned the veterans' youth. This is seat-of-the-pants flying at its most thrilling, recalling a time when ordinary young Americans were called upon to be heroes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612342191
  • Publisher: Potomac
  • Publication date: 12/31/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

A former civilian flight instructor, Jim Doyle has been flying for thirty-five years and did tours in both the Air Force and the Navy. He lives in Columbia, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Hurtgen Forest, Germany/Tulare, California 1
2 The Beginning 9
3 The Airplane 17
4 Mira Loma Flight Academy: Oxnard, California 29
5 Runway 25: Oxnard, California 37
6 Hemet Ryan Field: Hemet, California 44
7 Cal-Aero Academy: Chino, California 53
8 Hancock Field: Santa Maria, California 62
9 San Fernando Valley to Kingman, Arizona: August 7, 2000 68
10 Kingman to Tucson, Arizona: August 9, 2000 75
11 Tucson to Las Cruces, New Mexico: August 10, 2000 86
12 Las Cruces to Midland/Odessa, Texas: August 11, 2000 97
13 Midland/Odessa to San Angelo, Texas: August 16, 2000 107
14 San Angelo to Burnet, Texas: August 18, 2000 118
15 Burnet to Conroe, Texas: August 18, 2000 128
16 Conroe to Hammond, Louisiana: August 20, 2000 138
17 Hammond to Bay Minette, Alabama: August 25, 2000 147
18 Bay Minette to Marianna, Florida: August 25, 2000 156
19 Marianna to Sebring, Florida: August 26, 2000 164
20 Sebring to Pompano Beach, Florida: August 28, 2000 171
21 Pompano Beach to Savannah, Georgia: September 2, 2000 179
22 Savannah to Orangeburg then Bennettsville, South Carolina: September 8, 2000 190
23 Bennettsville to Chattanooga, Tennessee: September 9, 2000 201
24 Chattanooga to Pine Bluff, Arkansas: September 10, 2000 209
25 At Pine Bluff: September 10, 2000 218
26 Pine Bluff to Mineral Wells, Texas: September 11, 2000 230
27 Mineral Wells to Le Chateau Messerschmitt, Texas: September 12, 2000 240
28 Le Chateau Messerschmitt to Las Cruces, New Mexico: September 13, 2000 249
29 Las Cruces to Marana Field, Arizona: September 15, 2000 260
30 Marana Field to Buckeye, Arizona: September 16, 2000 268
31 Buckeye to the San Fernando Valley, California: September 16, 2000 275
About the Author 282
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