The Best of <i>Wings</i> Magazine

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The Best of Wingscontains behind-the-scenes stories about the most glamorous aircraft of all time, from the Hughes racer to virtual “mystery ships” like the Bell Airacuda and the remarkably successful McDonnell F-4. Each piece takes you through aviation history with little-known details on the designers, the pilots, the records, and the ultimate fate of a wide variety of aircraft. Hundreds of photos detail the progress of aviation around the world, from trainers to nuclear bombers. Walter J. Boyne has selected an...
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Overview

The Best of Wingscontains behind-the-scenes stories about the most glamorous aircraft of all time, from the Hughes racer to virtual “mystery ships” like the Bell Airacuda and the remarkably successful McDonnell F-4. Each piece takes you through aviation history with little-known details on the designers, the pilots, the records, and the ultimate fate of a wide variety of aircraft. Hundreds of photos detail the progress of aviation around the world, from trainers to nuclear bombers. Walter J. Boyne has selected an appealing array of stories about famous and not-so-famous aircraft. With his trademark style of combining intricate engineering detail and the human drama of aviation, Boyne, one of the most prolific aviation writers of our time, makes each aircraft literally fly off the pages. These timeless histories provide inside information, often gathered from the author’s personal experiences with the men and women who designed, built, and flew the aircraft.
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A retired U.S. Air Force pilot, former director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and a bestselling author, Walter J. Boyne (Aces in Command) has written hundreds of magazine articles during his 40-year secondary career in aviation journalism. In The Best of Wings Magazine, Boyne has collected 27 of his articles for the renowned magazines Wings and Airpower ("The two were really just one magazine, but Joe [Mizrahi, the founder of both] used two names as a marketing ploy"). The 27 selections originally appeared between 1971 ("Sky Tiger: Bell's Airacuda Bomber Destroyer Without a Mission") and 1985 ("The Fabulous Phantom: McDonnell F-4 Phantom"). Armchair aviators will find expert investigations of numerous aircraft as well as vicarious flight delight. 205 photos. (Oct. 1) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574883688
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/2001
  • Series: Photographic Histories
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter J. Boyne is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot, the former director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, a best-selling author, and a world-renowned authority on aviation history. His thirty books include The Smithsonian Book of Flight, Eagles at War, and Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the United States Air Force, 1947-1997. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Preface v
Acknowledgments viii
1 The Treasures of McCook Field: America's First Aero-Engineering and Testing Center, Part I Airpower, July 1975 1
2 The Treasures of McCook Field: America's First Aero-Engineering and Testing Center, Part II Wings, August 1975 10
3 The Great Owl: Building and Flying the First of America's Super-Bombers Airpower, November 1973 19
4 "P" for Pursuit: The Army's Biplane Hawks, Part I Airpower, March 1976 26
5 "P" for Pursuit: The Army's Biplane Hawks, Part II Wings, April 1976 36
6 Huff-Daland: A Little-Known Aviation Pioneer, Part I Wings, December 1977 42
7 Huff-Daland: A Little-Known Aviation Pioneer, Part II Airpower, January 1978 47
8 The Flying Hallmarks: The Hall Aluminum Classics Wings, June 1975 52
9 The Tunison Scout: A Rare Bird Wings, August 1978 62
10 Emsco Aircraft Corporation: An Aviation Pioneer Lost in the Pages of Time, Part I Wings, June 1973 64
11 Emsco Aircraft Corporation: An Aviation Pioneer Lost in the Pages of Time, Part II Airpower, July 1973 69
12 Boeing B-9 "Death Angel" Airpower, November 1971 77
13 Martin B-10: The Bird That Took the Air Corps Out of the Stone Age Airpower, May 1972 85
14 Speed Merchant: The Ultimate Racer, Howard Hughes' H-1 Airpower, September 1977 100
15 Sky Tiger: Bell's Airacuda--Bomber Destroyer Without a Mission Airpower, September 1971 110
16 Cry Havoc: The Douglas A-20, Part I Wings, June 1976 120
17 Cry Havoc: The A-20 Goes to War, Part II Airpower, July 1976 130
18 Air Jeep: The Curtiss AT-9 Wings, February 1974 138
19 McDonnell's First Fighter: The XP-67 Moonbat Wings, December 1973 145
20 The Custer Channel Wing Story Airpower, May 1977 152
21 GM's Flying Frankenstein: The Fisher XP-75 Eagle Wings, February 1973 161
22 Return of the Swallow: The Messerschmitt Me 262 Wings, April 1980 169
23 Attack! The XB-51, Martin's Phantom Strike Ship Airpower, July 1978 185
24 Bomber 47: How Boeing's B-47 Brought America into the Jet Age Wings, August 1981 194
25 The Fable of Able Mable: The Martin AM-1 Airpower, July 1974 206
26 Boeing B-52: Emperor of Airpower Airpower, March 1982 214
27 The Fabulous Phantom: McDonnell F-4 Phantom II Wings, December 1985 225
Index 238
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