Dead Downwind

Dead Downwind

by Bill Riddle

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Dead Downwind by Bill Riddle

In 1924 . three years before Charles Lindbergh makes his historic flight over the Atlantic - post WWI America is convinced she can do anything she puts her mind to. In the midst of the RoaringTwenties however, the boisterous nation's capitol is rocked by political infighting for the control of military aviation. The brash young army general Billy Mitchell is attempting to wrest air power away from both the army and navy to create an independent air force under his own command. To counter this move, the brilliant navy Rear Admiral William Moffett has challenged Hawaii-based Commander John Rodgers with a deathdefying mission; one designed to sway the politicians and the public alike, to the navy's side. If Rodgers accepts, he will command three planes in a seemingly impossible mission; the first non-stop flight from San Francisco to Honolulu. This bold gamble could make or break the navy's bid for control of its own air power and unbeknownst to Rodgers, Moffett has lined up a second publicity-grabbing stunt involving the world's largest dirigible.
In this gripping historic novel, follow John Rodgers' spellbinding story to its riveting conclusion as political intrigue, inter-service rivalries, engineering challenges and personal hurdles all conspire to doom the mission. Then, an anxious public is forced to hold its collective breath when one of the planes is forced down in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean and matters are made worse as the navy dirigible experiences serious trouble of her own. The dramatic aftermath will change the course of aviation history.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013825833
Publisher: Bill Riddle
Publication date: 12/09/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 523
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Bill has spent his entire adult life living in and loving Hawaii. He is an avid sailor and has raced throughout the Hawaiian Islands, California, Mexico, and across the Pacific. Bill has many varied interests including building hand crafted wooden ship models, Grandfather clocks, assorted furniture, and even an ultra-light airplane, which he flew with somewhat limited success. He enjoys the outdoors and all sports, and can often be found on the golf links trying to lower his handicap.

He is currently working on his second historically based novel.

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