Flying Forts : The B - 17 in World War II

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484 pages - 1990 - Used, acceptable
Written by a well - known author and novelist, who also flew on B - 17s in 1961, this excellent book describes the story of the most famous American bomber during the Second Word War : the B - 17.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Offset varnish, Perfect paperback
Special features Dedicated copy, Reprint ( Second Printing )
Condition Used, acceptable
Number of pages 484
Published date 1990
Language English
Collection / Series BANTAM AIR & SPACE SERIES 5
Size 10 x 18 x 3 cm
Author Martin Caidin
Editor BANTAM BOOKS

Description

The Century of Flight...

 

Hundreds and hundreds of long - range heavy bombers streaming overhead in mile - long formations, the deep - throated roar of their engines blending with the screaming howl of hundreds more fighter planes above them - a monstrous, ground - shaking, overwhelming thunder... There has never been a time or a sound like it again, and there never has been an aeroplane like the B - 17 Flying Fortress - among pilots and crews, the most - loved aeroplane of the Second World War.

 

Because if you had to fly and bomb and fight, the Flying Fortress was the rock to have. It flew high and fast, it flew very well, without unexpected vices or tricks that could kill you in combat, and it could absorb battle damage like nothing else in the skies. Time and time again, " Forts " with massive wounds or great chunks of the aircraft completely missing, with engines dead and dying, limped all the way home.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Martin Caidin

Martin Caidin ( September 14th, 1927 - March 24th, 1997 ) was born in New York City ( New York, United States ). At the age of 15, he lived on his own in New York, where he met the astronomer Carl Sagan ( 1934 - 1996 ). 


Martin Caidin began writing fiction in 1957. His best - known novel is Cyborg, which was the basis for The Six Million Dollar Man franchise. Some other books with movie tie - ins include The Final Countdown and novels featuring adventure - archaeologist Indiana Jones : Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates ( 1993 ) and Indiana Jones and the White Witch ( 1994 ). 


During 1961, Martin Caidin was one of the pilots of a formation flight of Boeing B - 17 Flying Fortresses across the Atlantic Ocean, likely the last such flight, from the United States to England via Canada, the Azores and Portugal. He recounted this journey in his book Everything But The Flak


Martin Caidin bought and restored to full airworthiness the oldest surviving Junkers Ju 52 aircraft ( Ju 52 / 3m, Serial No. 5489 ) which he named " Iron Annie ". He was pilot - in - command of " Iron Annie " on November 14th, 1981, when 19 people walked on one of its wings, a world record. After touring extensively among shows of vintage military aircraft, or warbirds, " Iron Annie " was sold to Lufthansa in 1984. 


Additionally, Martin Caidin wrote an aircraft manual for the Messerschmitt Bf 108, which has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration as the standard manual for the plane, and twice won the Aviation / Space Writers Association Award for the outstanding author on aviation. Martin Caidin also established a company with the purpose of promoting aeronautics to young people. 


( source : Wikipedia )

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