Tales of a War Pilot

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Vividly capturing the experiences of the author and his fellow airmen, these stories focus on the people who served in the United States air forces from World War II through the Korean War - their triumphs, humor, loves, and sometimes violent deaths. A pilot who flew 103 missions with the famed Flying Knights squadron in World War II, tested atomic bombs for the U.S. Air Force on Eniwetok Atoll, and flew sixty-nine helicopter rescue missions in the Korean War, Richard C. Kirkland recreates the riveting episodes ...
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Vividly capturing the experiences of the author and his fellow airmen, these stories focus on the people who served in the United States air forces from World War II through the Korean War - their triumphs, humor, loves, and sometimes violent deaths. A pilot who flew 103 missions with the famed Flying Knights squadron in World War II, tested atomic bombs for the U.S. Air Force on Eniwetok Atoll, and flew sixty-nine helicopter rescue missions in the Korean War, Richard C. Kirkland recreates the riveting episodes and memorable characters that shaped his life between 1943 and 1953. He describes encounters with some of the top flying aces of his day, the indelible experience of victory in battle, and emotional rescues in the world's first military helicopters. Tales of a War Pilot encompasses two very different kinds of combat flying - the aggressive dogfights of the fighter pilot and the lifesaving missions of the unarmed helicopter pilot. More than just a memoir of events, the book provides a close-up look at how airmen behaved and survived during one of the century's most war-torn decades.
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Kirkland tells the stories of being a pilot--flying Lockheed P-38 Lightnings in New Guinea during World War II and Sikorsky rescue helicopters in Korea. From inside the cockpit, he relates the excitement, devastation, daily life and heroism he and his fellows lived and tells of the people, both famous and ordinary, whom he met.
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Richard C. Kirkland admits that he never would have written his military service memoirs if one of his sons hadn't talked him into it. His book, Tales of a War Pilot, enriches the genre of military literature. As a fighter pilot in the South Pacific during World War II, Kirkland flew Lightning P-38s against the vaunted Japanese Zero. He also escorted heavy bombers, chalking up 103 missions... For sheer excitement, Tales of a War Pilot is unbeatable. Review by Norman N. Brown, April 12, 1999
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560989783
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A War Pilot's Journey: The Violent Decade: 1943-1953 1
Ch. 1 To Shoot Down a Zero 5
Ch. 2 On the Wing of the Lone Eagle 22
Ch. 3 Escape from the Stone Age 29
Ch. 4 Ace of Aces 51
Ch. 5 R and R 61
Ch. 6 Mystery of the Magnificent Beast 71
Ch. 7 The Ultimate Game 87
Ch. 8 Pedro One 105
Ch. 9 Christmas at Ch'o Do 119
Ch. 10 Geisha 132
Ch. 11 Night Mission at the 8055 MASH 146
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