The Brassey's Air Combat Reader

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The acclaimed anthology with contributions from best-selling authors Walter J. Boyne, Eddie rickenbacker and Robert Mason.
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The acclaimed anthology with contributions from best-selling authors Walter J. Boyne, Eddie rickenbacker and Robert Mason.
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An anthology of some of the century's best writing from around the world on air combat, divided into six sections spanning the history of military aviation, from WWI to the Persian Gulf War. There is also a section on the art and science of air warfare. Each of the 28 excerpts is introduced and placed into historical and technical context, with explanations for the layperson of some of the more arcane aspects of military aviation. Includes first-person memoirs and third-person accounts, plus one work of fiction, as well as excerpts of documents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574881820
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
World War I
1 The Machine Gun Takes Wings (1915), from The Years of the Sky Kings 13
2 A Buzz-Saw in the Air, from One Man's War: The Story of the Lafayette Escadrille 20
3 Downing My First Hun, from Fighting the Flying Circus 29
4 Dave Ingalls, the Naval Ace, from The First Yale Unit: A Story of Naval Aviation 1916-1919 37
World War II
5 Man Does Not Die, from Flight to Arras 45
6 Bader's Bailout, from Reach for the Sky 62
7 The Ace, from Fighter Pilot: The First American Ace of World War II 84
8 English Channel Collision, from Eagles at War 94
9 Tempsford - New Secrets, MacRobert's Reply, and Gelsenkirchen, from A Thousand Shall Fall 104
10 Nothing to Do but Keep Going, from Gabby: A Fighter Pilot's Life 126
11 Turn on the Lights, from The Magnificent Mitscher 134
The Korean War
12 MiG Alley, from Check Six: A Fighter Pilot Looks Back 149
13 A Typical Fighter-Interceptor Mission in Korea, from Officers in Flight Suits 160
14 War Fighting Is Not Much Fun, from Wings and Warriors: My Life as a Naval Aviator 167
The Vietnam War
15 Ia Drang Valley and Holidays, from Chickenhawk 185
16 Wabash Cannonballs, from 100 Missions North 199
17 The Bombing Campaign and Dick Wyman, from Over the Beach: The Air War in Vietnam 207
18 The Inferno, from A Lonely Kind of War 219
Middle East Conflicts
19 The Six Day War, from Israel's Best Defense: The First Full Story of the Israeli Air Force 235
20 Across the "Line of Death," from The Untouchables 245
The Persian Gulf War
21 Which Technologies Worked? from Gulf War Air Power Survey Summary Report 253
22 Command and Control, from Airpower in the Gulf 267
23 Strike Eagles to the Rescue, from Strike Eagle: Flying the F-15E in the Gulf War 273
The Art and Science of Air Warfare
24 An Independent Air Force, from The Command of the Air 283
25 The Defense Against Aircraft, from Winged Defense 291
26 Fighter Missions, from Fighter Combat: Tactics and Maneuvering 296
27 Air Superiority - the Concept, from The Air Campaign: Planning for Combat 307
28 The Future of Air Combat Technology, from Beyond the Horizon: Combat Aircraft of the Next Century 312
Index 328
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