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All through his military career, Glen Edwards kept a daily record of what he did and what he thought. Military historian Daniel Ford situates that diary in the context of World War II, the development of flight testing as a science, and the birth of an independent U.S. Air Force. He shows how military pilots in the 1940s augmented their seat-of-the-pants bravado and precision flying skills with rigorous academic training. Conveying both the exhaustion of combat and the exhilaration of flying some of the world's fastest, most sophisticated planes, the book traces the tragic course of Glen Edwards's career: the near-daily bombing missions over Africa and Italy, a record-breaking cross-country flight in the XB-42 Mixmaster, and trial flights in the YB-49 Flying Wing-the first plane Edwards ever actively disliked. The innovative Northrop bomber, Daniel Ford concludes, just wasn't ready for prime time. About 70,000 words; with photographs from the Air Force and the Edwards family.
"A fascinating tale and a tribute to an unassuming man who simply loved to fly." -- Air&Space/Smithsonian
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 FordWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2011
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