Pushing the Envelope: The Career of Fighter Ace and Test Pilot Marion Carl

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First published in 1994, this stirring autobiography of a fighter and test pilot takes readers full throttle through Marion Carl's imposing list of "firsts." Beginning with his World War II career, he became the Marine Corps' first ace, was among the first Marines to fly a helicopter, and was the first Marine to land a jet aboard an aircraft carrier. His combat duty included the momentous battles at Midway and Guadalcanal. Not one to rest on his laurels, however, he participated in photoreconnaissance operations ...
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First published in 1994, this stirring autobiography of a fighter and test pilot takes readers full throttle through Marion Carl's imposing list of "firsts." Beginning with his World War II career, he became the Marine Corps' first ace, was among the first Marines to fly a helicopter, and was the first Marine to land a jet aboard an aircraft carrier. His combat duty included the momentous battles at Midway and Guadalcanal. Not one to rest on his laurels, however, he participated in photoreconnaissance operations over China in 1955 and flew missions in Vietnam. In peacetime he gained fame for "pushing the envelope" as a test pilot, adding the world's altitude record to his wartime feats and becoming the first U.S. military aviator to wear a full pressure suit.

Such achievements led to Carl's being the first living Marine admitted to the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor, as well as the first Marine to be named to the Navy Carrier Aviation Test Pilots Hall of Honor. As forthright and compelling as the man it chronicles, this very readable memoir was written with the help of noted aviation historian Barrett Tillman.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Carl's life story is the stuff of film scripts and TV miniseries. At Midway and Guadalcanal he became the first Marine ace of WW II. He was a test pilot in the pioneer days of jet aviation, flying early versions of almost every model of fighter adopted by the U.S. armed forces and flew clandestine reconnaissance missions over China in the 1950s. More than a pilot with the ``right stuff,'' Carl, as a brigadier general, commanded the first Marines to land in Vietnam; in 1973 he retired as Inspector General of the Marine Corps. Unfortunately, Carl's cursory, lifeless narrative reads like a collection of after-action reports. Even the collaboration of Tillman, a leading aviation writer, fails to give Carl's career its appropriately dramatic impact. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781591148661
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 702,098
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2003

    A Man of Fact

    If you want to know what it was like to experience what he went through without all the all the emotinal bagage read this. This is, as Joe Friday of 'Dragnet' used to say 'just the facts'. He went at WWII with the attituide of that we have a job to do, and he danm well got it done. We've all heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well the picture of of him standing hand in hand with a prior foe Japanese pilot Saburo Sakai, both with huge grins on their faces says more than ANY book can.

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