Author: John James Knudsen
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Release Date: 2013-04-22
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
One Army Air Corps soldier's ordeals during World War II. Written in the personable voice of someone reflecting honestly on his life's journey, this autobiography is full of anecdotes of a Depression-era Montana boyhood and culminates with the author's training for service as a B-17 pilot and subsequent role as a flight instructor.
Author: Allan T. Stein
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
By the time he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1969, Allan T. Stein had flown everything from BT-13s and B-24s to B-52s and C-47s. He flew missions over China and the Sea of Japan during World War II, spent a year in Vietnam helping to monitor and locate Vietcong units, and ended his career as inspector general of the Civil Air Patrol. Here he offers an account of a typical career as an air force officer, complete with its frustrations, moral dilemmas, and the occasional harrowing experience.
Author: Allan T. Stein
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Release Date: 2005-02-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Annotation "Allan T. Stein idolized his uncle, a pilot in the Great War. So in 1943, in the midst of the Second World War, he left Texas A & M University for Lackland Air Field to learn to fly. By the time he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1969, Stein had flown everything from BT-13s and B-24s to B-52s and C-47s. During World War II, he flew missions over China and the Sea of Japan, and by V-J Day, he had participated in eight campaigns and logged 347 hours in combat. Stein later spent one year in Vietnam as operations officer for the 360 TEWS (Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron), which used refitted C-47s to monitor and locate Vietcong units. He ended his career as inspector general of the Civil Air Patrol." "Stein considers himself to have been an ordinary airman, not a hero. But he was also a seasoned pilot and a conscientious officer with a strong sense of right and wrong. After a young pilot he had certified died in an accident, Stein made it a practice to fail all but the best candidates. He was just as disgusted with the corruption he encountered in the Civil Air Patrol as he was with the tendentious reporters he met in Saigon's Hotel Caravelle." "Although he met his share of cowards and scoundrels, Stein loved to fly and he loved the air force. He was the sort of officer his superiors trusted not to make mistakes, but he was not the sort to rise to high rank. What he offers here is an account of a typical career as an air force officer, complete with its frustrations, moral dilemmas, and the occasional harrowing experience."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2012-12-11
In the bestselling BAND OF BROTHERS, Stephen E. Ambrose portrayed in vivid detail the experiences of soldiers who fought on the bloody battlegrounds of World War II. THE WILD BLUE brings to life another extraordinary band of brothers - the men who volunteered to join the American Air Force and undertook some of the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. Focusing on the men of the 741st Bomb Squadron and, in particular, the crew of the DAKOTA QUEEN, these are the boys turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators and gunners of the B24s, who suffered 50 per cent casualties during conflict. With his extraordinary talent for bringing alive the action and tension of combat, Ambrose sweeps us along in the B24s as their crews fought to the death to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine.
In the near future, mankind has destroyed the Earth, and the only refuge from radioactive pollution can be found in the skies. Unfortunately, dwindling supplies and bloodthirsty air pirates make life all the harder. Join the crew of the Dawn as they battle their way through dangerous threats from other crews and deadly hazards.
Author: John Lowery
Release Date: 2013-07-10
This book is the "rest of the story" of jet fighter pilot life as introduced by Tom Wolfe in his best seller, "The Right Stuff." While Wolfe's book concerned test pilots, this one provides an inside look at the very hazardous life of jet fighter pilots during the 1950s and 1960s; a period during which the author served. As the stories show, it was an interesting and challenging era, interspersed for some by long periods of great anguish, and sudden death for many others. You'll read how the F-4 Phantom, with its sophisticated equipment ended the era of mano-a-mano dog fighting and ushed in electronic and missile air-warfare. There's also the story of defective bomb fuzes that were causing the bombs dropped by Phantoms in Vietnam to explode shortly after release. This cost the Air Force eight F-4E Phantoms and sixteen aircrew -members, before the cause was identified and corrected. Included too is the heartbreaking revelation of our airmen captured in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, but never repatriated. Some were kept for intelligence exploitation and others for "$4 billion in reconstruction and unconditional assistance." Included is the revelation of Fidel Castro's April 1972 visit to his engineering battalion tasked with maintaining the road near the border of North and South Vietnam. Folowing this 17 American airmen POWs were transfered from Hanoi to Havana for medical experiments in torture techniques. For obvious reasons, none of these were repatriated. Included is the story of a promising young Air Force test pilot school student who was killed in a zoom-climb maneuver to the edge of the earth's atmosphere. With his entire TPS class watching on closed circuit TV as he passed through 63,000 feet the glove his space suit disconnected and the suit depressurized, killing him almost instantly. Finally you'll read the story of " Warrior-General John L. Piotrowski. This son of Polish immigrants started his career and an airman basic electronics technician and retired as the Commander of USAF's Space Command.
"It's the rarest author who can pull off laugh-out-loud hilarious, profound, and breathlessly romantic, all in the most sparkling prose. That shortlist includes Rainbow Rowell, Nicola Yoon, and now, Carlie Sorosiak."—Jeff Zentner, Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King and Goodbye Days Last June, the summer camp Quinn’s family owns in Winship, Maine, was still a magical place. A place where wild blueberries grew no matter the season, a legendary sea monster lurked in the waters, and Quinn fell in love with her best friend, Dylan. Then the accident happened. Now it’s winter, the magic has drained from Quinn’s life, and she knows it’s her fault. But the new boy in town, Alexander, doesn’t see her as the monster she believes herself to be. As Quinn lets herself open up again, she begins to understand the truth about love, loss, and monsters—real and imagined. This wondrous novel about love, loss, and moving on is perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Jenny Han. Praise for If Birds Fly Back: “A sweet love story with plenty of emotional heft. Fans of brainy romance will likely like this one.” —Booklist “An engrossing combination of romance and self-discovery.” —Publishers Weekly
Ripped From The Wild Blue Yonder: Ex-Air Force Guy Reveals The REAL Fitness Revolution Hiding Right Under Your Nose... If you're not getting the best workout you can get...You're running the risk of being as far away from your ideal body as the Marianas Trench is from the surface of the Pacific Ocean.That's deep, buddy. Real deep.But here's something else to dive into, all puns aside: how many days are you going to let pass before you finally hit your fitness goals?Not those goals you see on TV.Not the goals your friends have.Your goals. The real ones that hit you at 3am and leave you staring at the ceiling in a wild mix of excitement and sheer panic. The ones that make you a little nervous to admit to anyone but your closest friends.Fitness is life. Moving faster, lifting more, and being better than pool-noodle flexible is the stuff that an optimal life is made out of if you ask me. And people have been asking me how to get the best body without necessarily putting your bank account on life support.That's when it hit me... Most People Are Hustling Backwards! Quick Test: if you want to know whether or not you're the President of the Backwards Fitness Hustlers Club, answer this:Why aren't you already working out on your terms?If your first thought was to pull an excuse out of that fine database you're calling a brain, I have bad news for you: you're not only hustling backwards, but you've voted yourself into the highest office in excuseland in the process! Become and Athlete Let's get down to business. This book is called Garage Gym Athlete: The Practical Guide to Training like a Pro, Unleashing Fitness Freedom, and Living the Simple Life, and it's exactly what it says on the tin.Instead of giving you DIY fantasies, I'm bringing DIY realities to the table. Want to save a bundle of money and still have a real reason to sell tickets to the gun show? This is your guide.Is orange your favorite color? If so, then you're in luck, because Home Depot is going to be in your future...quite often.I'm focused on turning average people into athletes, in both mind and body. That's the mission. That's the big plan. That's where my heart, soul, passion, and experience combine forces to help people go from zero to zealous, and from one to outrageously fit.When you pick up this book, you'll learn: How to rearrange your budget and family objections so the ideal garage gym can come to life (this is way more effective than another game of Tetris, and much more fun) THE best way to build stability (without a crunch in sight!) Exactly why you should thank the inventor of PVC (especially after you check out Chapter 13!) A step by step guide to picking a quality barbell (hint: sporting goods get 3 things wrong, but I get you back on track quick) A down in the trenches way to build a power rack (warning: for the bold and brazen, but you'll love it)There's plenty more coming your way in this guide. I made sure that if you check it out, you'll walk away with at least a handful of great tactics, tricks, and techniques to get the ultimate job done. Would You Like to Know More? At this point, you're at the usual buyer crossroads. Do I listen to the crazy guy, or click away? If you want to jump in headfirst to some great garage gym DIY, simply cross up and click the "Buy Now" button. That's it!
Offering a pilot's-eye view of the wonders of flight, the author of Sahara Unveiled discusses the influence of aviation on the human vision of the world and describes the adventure of flying in turbulent weather, the inner world of flight, and more. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
“We walked toward the part of the library where the air smelled as if it had been interred for years….. Finally, we got to the hallway where the wooden floor was the creakiest, and we sensed a strange whiff of excitement and fear. It smelled like a creature from a bygone time. It smelled like a dragon.” Thirteen-year-old Juan’s favorite things in the world are koalas, eating roast chicken, and the summer-time. This summer, though, is off to a terrible start. First, Juan’s parents separate and his dad goes to Paris. Then, as if that wasn’t horrible enough, Juan is sent away to his strange Uncle Tito’s house for the entire break! Uncle Tito is really odd: he has zigzag eyebrows; drinks ten cups of smoky tea a day; and lives inside a huge, mysterious library. One day, while Juan is exploring the library, he notices something inexplicable and rushes to tell Uncle Tito. “The books moved!” His uncle drinks all his tea in one gulp and, sputtering, lets his nephew in on a secret: Juan is a Princeps Reader––which means books respond magically to him––and he’s the only person capable of finding the elusive, never-before-read Wild Book. Juan teams up with his new friend Catalina and his little sister, and together they delve through books that scuttle from one shelf to the next, topple over unexpectedly, or even disappear altogether to find The Wild Book and discover its secret. But will they find it before the wicked, story-stealing Pirate Book does?