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|Book cover finish||Offset varnish, Perfect paperback|
|Special features||Dedicated copy|
|Number of pages||128|
|Collection / Series||Osprey Colour Series|
|Size||21 x 23 x 1 cm|
|Author||René J. Francillon|
|Editor||Osprey Publishing Limited|
Units of the National Guard, the oldest military forces in the United States, are unique as they have status both as federal and state forces.
( … ) The units trace their origin to the aeronautic unit which was formed on March 12th, 1911, in the 7th Company, Coast Artillery Corps of the California Guard and the Aeronautical Section of the California Naval Militia which was mustered on December 11th 1915. However, neither received federal recognition and the true forebear of aviation units of the California Guard is the 115th Observation Squadron which was activated on June 16th, 1924 at Clover Field, Santa Monica. Called to active duty on March 3rd, 1941, the 115th served during the war in the China - Burma - India theatre of operations. Re - organized in the California Guard as a bombardment squadron in October 1946, it is now the 115th Tactical Airlift Squadron and flies C - 130E Hercules from the Van Nuys A.N.G.B. in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
Post - War, three fighter squadrons were also organized in California and a fifth A.N.G. unit was activated in 1955. Separation between Air National Guard and Army National Guard resulted from the National Security Act of 1947 which created a separate Department of the Air Force, the overseer of A.N.G. units. Ar.N.G. units were then placed under much older Department of the Army. ( ... )
René J. Francillon
Vallejo, California, July 1987
René Jacquet - Francillon ( March 11th, 1937 - March 8th, 2018 ) was born in Italy. He grew up in Provence ( France ) and witnessed the ballet of American aircraft during " Operation Dragoon ", the landing operation of Allied invasion of the area ( August 15th - September 14th, 1944 ). His interest in aviation began probably at this time.
Holder of Ph.D. ( Philosophiæ doctor : Doctor of Philosophy ) in Economics and graduated from the University of Lausanne ( Vaud, Switzerland ) in Economics of Air Transport, he emigrated to the United States in 1961. René Jacquet - Francillon has worked as a consultant for several aircraft manufacturers. He took part as engineer at Douglas to the giant cargo plane CX - HLS programme ( Cargo Experimental, Heavy Logistic Supports ).
In 1958, he published his first book on aviation in Belgium. In August 1982, he started to collaborated with Le Fana de l'Aviation magazine. René Jacquet - Francillon has published many books and articles about aviation in Europe and the United States as well. He used to live in Vallejo ( Solano, California, United States ), until he died of pneumonia at the age of 80.
Here are some of his publications : Pilotes de B - 52 ( with Peter B. Lewis, 1991 ), Du Comet à l'A380 : Histoire des avions de ligne à réaction ( Collection Docavia, No. 53, 2005 ), La grande histoire du ravitaillement en vol ( 2008 ), Mustang, le North American P - 51 ( 2014 ), Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club : U.S. carrier operations off Vietnam, 1964 - 1975 ( 2018 ).
( source : Wikipedia )