"Bravo Zulu is a passionate collector's personalized and enthusiastic ode to military aviation history." —Foreword Reviews
"Throughout the carefully detailed pages, readers will find stunning photographs of these airplanes in action as well as concise accounts of their history, including their often painstaking journeys to flight-ready restoration." —BookLife Reviews
“To the Yagen family, their passionate staff, dedicated volunteers, and pilots, I say, Bravo Zulu!” —Timothy J. Keating, Admiral, USN Ret.
Established from the largest private collection of vintage warplanes in the US, the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, is a time capsule of aviation in the 20th century with an emphasis on World War II. Bravo Zulu is an account of this brainchild of celebrated collector Jerry Yagen and his wife Elaine. These pages recall some of the most exciting war stories ever told and some of the most famous airplanes of all time—from Replica Fokker Dr. I triplanes built to resemble those flown by the Red Baron to painstakingly restored original combat veteran aircraft like the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Supermarine Spitfire the collection includes many of the most iconic historic aircraft.
Bravo Zulu was created to bring the stories that surround this incredible collection to life, beautifully illustrated with images of the Museum aircraft in flight, this book is the perfect way to experience the collection if you cannot visit the museum. Bravo Zulu recalls the tales of the tireless searches for and restorations of each remarkable plane, which the Yagens dedicated themselves to collecting and sharing with the world.
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About the Author
Jerry’s passion for aircraft collection and restoration exploded thirty years ago when he purchased a crashed P-40 Kitty Hawk that had been discovered in northern Russia. He had it shipped to Norfolk, Virginia, and later to New Zealand for restoration. That P-40, a fully restored award-winning, airworthy war plane, is kept in one of seven hangars in rural Virginia Beach, with over eighty other planes and projects, comprising a world-class collection of historic artifacts in the Military Aviation Museum.
Jerry is also founder and president of Aviation Institute of Maintenance and Centura College, which operates more than twenty colleges across the US. He was inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame in Richmond, Virginia, in 2014. Jerry and his wife Elaine have lived in Virginia Beach for more than fifty years, raising two children (both married), and enjoying four grandchildren.
Table of ContentsForeword
Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter
Thomas-Morse S-4 Scout
Fleet Model 2
Junkers Ju 52
De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
Consolidated PBY Catalina
Messerschmitt Bf 109
Supermarine Spitfire MK IXe
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
General Motors FM-2 Wildcat
North American B-25 Mitchell
Bell P-39 Airacobra
De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
North American P-51D Mustang
General Motors TBM Avenger
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair
Messerschmitt Me 262
Douglas AD-4 Skyraider
Military Aviation Museum Programs
Appendix: The Military Aviation Museum Collection