Flying Warbirds: An Illustrated Profile of the Flying Heritage Collection's Rare WWII-Era Aircraft

Flying Warbirds: An Illustrated Profile of the Flying Heritage Collection's Rare WWII-Era Aircraft

by Cory Graff
     
 

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Get a comprehensive look at how World War II was fought from the air.

Do you want to get an up-close look at some of the rarest airplanes in the world? Are you curious about combat aircraft from World War II? In deluxe hard-back volumes, Flying Warbirds brings U.S., British, German, Russian and Japanese fighting planes from the 1930s and 1940s

Overview

Get a comprehensive look at how World War II was fought from the air.

Do you want to get an up-close look at some of the rarest airplanes in the world? Are you curious about combat aircraft from World War II? In deluxe hard-back volumes, Flying Warbirds brings U.S., British, German, Russian and Japanese fighting planes from the 1930s and 1940s together, complete with detailed photographs to delight every aeronautics connoisseur.

The airplanes at the Flying Heritage Collection were created at a time when aeronautical discovery had evolved to aviation mastery. Finely crafted by distinguished design bureaus with the leading technologies of the 1930s and 1940s, the main emphasis of the collection includes combat aircraft from World War II.

In 1998, Paul G. Allen began acquiring and preserving these iconic warriors and workhorses, many of which are the last of their kind. Allen's passion for aviation and history, and his awareness of the increasing rarity of original WWII aircraft, motivated him to restore these artifacts to the highest standard of authenticity.

Periodically, one or more of the exhibits are temporarily absent to participate in an event, for maintenance, or for continuing restoration. Experience one of the world’s top airplane collections any time you like through Flying Warbirds.

Photographs include cockpit shots, exterior museum shots, historic photographs, and breathtaking contemporary flying shots from photographers like award-winning John Dibbs. Flying Warbirds is the definitive guide to everything you want to know about this fascinating period in aeronautics and military history.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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...packed with high-quality, large format images, 'Flying Warbirds' is a close look at the remarkable collection of Flying Heritage Collection" - Aviation Week"

This reasonably priced coffee table book is loaded with outstanding photos of nineteen historic military aircraft owned by the Flying Heritage Collection. An operational history accompanies each warbird, including where it was acquired, and restored. Flying characteristics and the choice of paint schemes and national insignia are described. The full color cockpit and engine photos are intriguing, and a personal favorite of mine. Historical black & white images enhance the readers understanding of the operational use of these now rare aircraft. The author does an outstanding job of blending eye catching photographs with a well written history that will hold the attention of every warbird expert, and casual reader alike." - AircraftWrecks.com "

I expected Flying Warbirds to be just another book of glossy photos and trite facts, the sort one normally finds in the bargain rack discounted well below the original price. After perusing the first few pages, however, it became readily apparent I had misjudged this book. Flying Warbirds is not just another throw-away book on WWII aircraft. Rather, this is the story of how Microsoft co-founder and military enthusiast Paul G. Allen created a non-profit organization, dubbed the Flying Heritage Collection, dedicated to preserving historically significant WWII-era warplanes. And this is no ordinary collection of planes gathering dust as static displays in a museum. These airplanes live. These airplanes fly." - Armchair General"

Graff's writing is so good that even a person not inspired by aircraft will come to love these Flying Warbirds, and all readers will learn from as well as admire the book's outstanding images." - Travel for Aircraft, Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

Aviation historian Cory Graff presents a stunning pictorial history of the war's most iconic combat aircraft. Color photos and crisp narrative showcase the aeronautical histories of these aircrafts." - Military Officer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760346495
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
11/03/2014
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
693,062
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Cory Graff is the Military Aviation Historian at the Flying Heritage Collection museum in Everett, Washington. In his free time, he works on aviation-related history projects, including exhibits and books. His articles have been published in Air & Space Smithsonian magazineand the Museum of Flight's Aloft magazine. Graff is the author of five previous aviation books, including Shot to Hell: The Stories and Photos of Ravaged WWII Warbirds, Strike and Return: American Air Power and the Fight for Iwo Jima, and P-47 Thunderbolt at War. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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