I Always Wanted to Fly: America?s Cold War Airmen

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"In I Always Wanted to Fly Wolfgang Samuel presents a book on a neglected subject, the U.S. Air Force men and women of the Cold War. These are the people who won the Cold War-not by themselves, obviously, but don't ask me how it could have been done without them. Colonel Samuel is a flyer, first of all, but he is also a historian. In this book he concentrates on people. Through Samuel's work, we learn how it was done and by whom."
-Stephen E. Ambrose, author of Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy ...
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Overview

"In I Always Wanted to Fly Wolfgang Samuel presents a book on a neglected subject, the U.S. Air Force men and women of the Cold War. These are the people who won the Cold War-not by themselves, obviously, but don't ask me how it could have been done without them. Colonel Samuel is a flyer, first of all, but he is also a historian. In this book he concentrates on people. Through Samuel's work, we learn how it was done and by whom."
-Stephen E. Ambrose, author of Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944 to May 7, 1945

"I Always Wanted to Fly displays the clarity that comes from flying on the hot end of the Cold War and, as a consequence, tells us much about the sociopolitical evolution of our recent era as well as revealing how these Air Force missions were flown. Any readers who have marveled at the last half-century's magnificent military aircraft and the supremely professional flyers at their controls will be attracted to this book."
-Jerome Klinkowitz, author of With the Tigers over China 1941-1942 and Yanks over Europe: American Flyers in World War II

"Wolf Samuel uses personal experiences to underscore American airpower's formidable role in winning the Cold War. Framed by his own excellent prose, Samuel lets the pilots, navigators, and air and ground crew tell their own tales. The result, of course, is a series of ripping good war stories-bona fide 'there I was . . .' narratives-that paint for us a flyer's life during the many separate conflicts that combined to make up the Cold War. I Always Wanted to Fly is a bonanza for airmen to come, and a rich source of satisfaction for those of us who sat alert on cold, windswept airfields, not knowing if today would be the day."
-Don Higgins, Colonel, USAF, pilot of the F-111 Aardvark, EF-111 Raven, F-117 Nighthawk, and the B-2 Spirit

Col. Wolfgang W. E. Samuel is a distinguished graduate of the 1960 Air Force ROTC, and served in the Air Force until his retirement in 1985. He is the author of German Boy: A Refugee's Story; The War of Our Childhood: Memories of World War II; American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets; and Coming to Colorado: A Young Immigrant's Journey to Become an American Flyer, all published by University Press of Mississippi. Ken Hechler is the author of The Bridge at Remagen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617031700
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 795,696
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Wolfgang W. E. Samuel, Fairfax Station, Virginia, is a 1960 distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC at the University of Colorado and served in the U.S. Air Force until his retirement as a colonel in 1985. He is the author of German Boy: A Refugee's Story, The War of Our Childhood: Memories of World War II, American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets, and Coming to Colorado: A Young Immigrant's Journey to Become an American Flyer.

Ken Hechler is the author of The Bridge at Remagen.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 The Berlin Airlift, 1948 1
1 Men of the Airlift 12
2 The Bomber Boys 56
3 "Ramp Rats": The Men Who Kept Them Flying 72
Pt. 2 Korea, 1950 87
4 The F-51 Mustangs from Dogpatch 95
5 Night Interdiction in the B-26 Invader 104
6 The B-29 Bomber War 119
7 B-Flight out of Kimpo: Special Operations 126
Pt. 3 Strategic Reconnaissance 145
8 Taming the RB-45C Tornado 152
9 Recon to the Yalu and Beyond 160
10 More Secret than the Manhattan Project 175
11 Challenging the Russian Bear 196
12 Flying the Top of the World 215
13 The Last Flight of 3-4290 230
Pt. 4 Vietnam, 1965 257
14 Hambone 02 267
15 Lincoln Flight 300
16 Yellowbird 323
The Magic of Flying: Concluding Thoughts 341
Glossary 345
Bibliography 349
Interviews, Letters, and Tapes 353
Index 355
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