Officers in Flight Suits: The Story of American Air Force Fighter Pilots in the Korean War / Edition 1

Officers in Flight Suits: The Story of American Air Force Fighter Pilots in the Korean War / Edition 1

by John Darrell Sherwood
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814780385

ISBN-13: 9780814780381

Pub. Date: 09/01/1996

Publisher: New York University Press

The United States Air Force fought as a truly independent service for the first time during the Korean War. Ruling the skies in many celebrated aerial battles, even against the advanced Soviet MiG-15, American fighter pilots reigned supreme. Yet they also destroyed virtually every major town and city in North Korea, demolished its entire crop irrigation system and

Overview

The United States Air Force fought as a truly independent service for the first time during the Korean War. Ruling the skies in many celebrated aerial battles, even against the advanced Soviet MiG-15, American fighter pilots reigned supreme. Yet they also destroyed virtually every major town and city in North Korea, demolished its entire crop irrigation system and killed close to one million civilians.

The self-confidence and willingness to take risks which defined the lives of these men became a trademark of the fighter pilot culture, what author John Darrell Sherwood here refers to as the flight suit attitude. In Officers in Flight Suits, John Darrell Sherwood takes a closer look at the flight suit officer's life by drawing on memoirs, diaries, letters, novels, unit records, and personal papers as well as interviews with over fifty veterans who served in the Air Force in Korea. Tracing their lives from their training to the flight suit culture they developed, the author demonstrates how their unique lifestyle affected their performance in battle and their attitudes toward others, particularly women, in their off-duty activities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814780381
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

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