Glen Edwards: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot, From the Invasion of North Africa to His Death in the Flying Wing [NOOK Book]

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In 1941 at the age of 23, Glen Edwards learned to fly in a wood, fabric, and metal biplane. In 1948 he died in the fiery crash of a Northrop Flying Wing, one of the Air Force's most advanced jet-propelled bombers. As a combat pilot in World War II and as a test pilot during a postwar period of unpredented aeronautical innovation, Edwards was counted among the best of a new generation of military aviators.

Conveying both the exhaustion of ...
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Overview

In 1941 at the age of 23, Glen Edwards learned to fly in a wood, fabric, and metal biplane. In 1948 he died in the fiery crash of a Northrop Flying Wing, one of the Air Force's most advanced jet-propelled bombers. As a combat pilot in World War II and as a test pilot during a postwar period of unpredented aeronautical innovation, Edwards was counted among the best of a new generation of military aviators.

Conveying both the exhaustion of combat and the exhilaration of flying some of the world's fastest, most sophisticated planes, Edwards's diary conveys the full trajectory of his career: the near-daily bombing missions over North Africa and Italy for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a record-breaking cross-country flight in the Douglas XB-42 "Mixmaster," a stint at Princeton to study aircraft stability and control, and his role in developing the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing, a precursor of today's B-2 Stealth bomber.

Setting Edwards's career in historical context and explaining the strengths and weaknesses of the planes he flew, Daniel Ford provides both a first-person look at the life of a bomber pilot and a broad view of aviation in an era of extraordinary change.
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Editorial Reviews

Air&Space/Smithsonian - John Sotham
"After the reader sweats Edwards' combat missions, Stateside romances, and everyday problems, the experience of reading his final entry, written three days before his death, is chilling. But throughout, the words of Edwards and Ford combine into a fascinating tale and a tribute to an unassuming man who simply loved to fly." -- John Sotham in Air & Space / Smithsonian
Warbird Forum - Robert Cardenas
"Only a few people had the privilege of knowing Glen Edwards. He was one of my test pilots in the Bomber Section of the Flight Test Division at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. He was the best of the best! Mr. Ford has taken the whispers of his diary, added fact to myth, and from the wisps of substance has created a human form who lived life to the fullest." -- Brigadier General Robert L. Cardenas (USAF retired)
Kirkus Reviews
"The fascinating diary of the WWII bomber and postwar test pilot.... Edwards's own words are skillfully interwoven with Ford's, offering a richly detailed account of postwar aviation--and the infant years of the military-industrial complex."
Kirkus Reviews
"The fascinating diary of the WWII bomber and postwar test pilot.... Edwards's own words are skillfully interwoven with Ford's, offering a richly detailed account of postwar aviation--and the infant years of the military-industrial complex."
John Sotham
"After the reader sweats Edwards' combat missions, Stateside romances, and everyday problems, the experience of reading his final entry, written three days before his death, is chilling. But throughout, the words of Edwards and Ford combine into a fascinating tale and a tribute to an unassuming man who simply loved to fly." -- John Sotham in Air & Space / Smithsonian
Robert Cardenas
"Only a few people had the privilege of knowing Glen Edwards. He was one of my test pilots in the Bomber Section of the Flight Test Division at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. He was the best of the best! Mr. Ford has taken the whispers of his diary, added fact to myth, and from the wisps of substance has created a human form who lived life to the fullest." -- Brigadier General Robert L. Cardenas (USAF retired)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011816109
  • Publisher: Warbird Books
  • Publication date: 7/19/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,071,705
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Daniel Ford is a New Hampshire-based author and late-blooming graduate of the War Studies program at King's College London. He is best known for his prize-winning history of the "Flying Tigers," the American pilots who flew and fought for China in the opening months of the Pacific War. A stint as a reporter in South Vietnam inspired him to write a black-humor novel about that unhappy venture into counterinsurgency--a story that became the acclaimed Burt Lancaster film, "Go Tell the Spartans." Here he turns a lifetime interest in the U.S. military to the life story of a great American pilot who gave his life in the attempt to develop the futuristic Flying Wing bomber.
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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    The story of a man who loved to fly

    Coming off a hardscrabble farm at the end of the Great Depression, Glen Edwards learned to fly in a tube & fabric biplane. Seven years later, he went to his death in the futuristic Flying Wing from Northrop, forerunner of today's B-2 Stealth bomber. Between times, he flew fifty missions over North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He became one of the leading test pilots of his day, and he romanced every pretty girl in sight. This is his story, for the most part in his own words. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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