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128 pages - 1988 - Used
Beautifully illustrated with such an amount of colour photographs, this excellent book depicts the aviation ( aircraft, aircrews, groundcrews ) in the California Army and Air National Guards ( 1980's ).


Book cover finish Offset varnish, Perfect paperback
Special features Dedicated copy
Conditions Used
Number of pages 128
Published date 1988
Language English
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 J. Francillon

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 ) 

Osprey Publishing Limited
In the 1960's, the Brooke Bond Tea Company began including a series of military aircraft cards with packages of their tea. The cards proved popular, and the artist Richard " Dick " Ward proposed the idea of publishing illustrated books about military aircraft. The idea was approved and a small subsidiary company called Osprey was formed in 1968. The company’s first book, North American P - 51D Mustang in U.S.A.A.F. - U.S.A.F. Service, was published in 1969. Soon after, Richard " Dick " Ward proposed trying the same idea with famous military units, and in 1971, the first Men - at - Arms title appeared. In the late 1970's, the firm was acquired by George Philip Ltd. In 1988, Philip was acquired by Reed International ; it was sold to the private equity firm Botts & Company. During these years, the firm grew steadily, adding new titles and new series to their catalogue. Although they have produced books of all types, the main focus remains on military history, particularly the military history of Britain. Osprey Publishing now publishes an average of 10 - 12 books a month. In 2014, Osprey and its imprints were sold by Alcuin Capital Partners. Angry Robot, Nourish and Watkins went to Etan Ilfeld while Osprey, Shire, Old House and British Wildlife went to Bloomsbury Publishing. ( source : Wikipedia )
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