Bravo Zulu: My Search to Save Classic Warbirds

Bravo Zulu: My Search to Save Classic Warbirds

Bravo Zulu: My Search to Save Classic Warbirds

Bravo Zulu: My Search to Save Classic Warbirds


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" An uplifting and captivating collector’s account adorned with beautiful photography." —Kirkus Reviews

"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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735873190
Publisher: Silicon Valley Press
Publication date: 10/18/2022
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,190,113
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Gerald “Jerry” Yagen, founder of Military Aviation Museum, was born in Hamburg, Germany, just a few months after the end of WWII. As the son of an American Army Air Corp commander, he spent much of his childhood on airbases and traveling to other countries. He continued to travel as an adult, often piloting himself and his family in one of his collected planes. Jerry logged more than 4,800 hours in twenty-one different aircraft before retiring from active flying in early 2021.

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 Contents



Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter

Thomas-Morse S-4 Scout

Fokker Dr.I

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

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