Warbird Factory

Author: John Fredrickson
Publisher:
ISBN: 0760348162
Format: PDF
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From 1938 to 1944, American Aviation, Inc. built over 40,000 aircraft. Warbird Factory tells this important war-effort story though over 200 archival photographs directly from the NAA/Boeing archive.

The American Aircraft Factory in World War II

Author: Bill Yenne
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 161060086X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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DIVFew industrial phenomena have been as dramatic as the United States’ mid-20th-century shift from peacetime to wartime production. The American Aircraft Factory in World War II documents the production of legendary warbirds by companies like Boeing, North American, Curtiss, Consolidated, Douglas, Grumman, and Lockheed. It was a production unmatched by any other country anda crucial part of why the allies won the war. Author Bill Yenne considers the prewar governmental acts that got the plants rolling, as well as the gender shift that occurred as women entered the work force like never before. He also describes the construction of megafactories like Willow Run, factory design considerations, and the postwar conversion back to peacetime production. Illustrated with 175 period photographs—including 50 rare color photos never before seen in print. /div

North American Aviation

Author: John W. Casey
Publisher: Amethyst Moon
ISBN: 9781935354376
Format: PDF
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This is the true account of one of America¿s greatest aircraft producers, North American Aviation: its rise and its fall. It is the story of its only two CEOs: ¿Dutch¿ Kindelberger and Lee Atwood. One would oversee its rise, and the other would oversee its fall across the tumultuous backdrop of the Age of Flight. The real reason for the fall may never be known, but some of those involved share their viewpoints in this book.The story provides perspective on why things happened, shares anecdotes about the people and the airplanes, and what both did for aviation. Their achievements and what they represent in our imagination is the stuff of legend.We hope all of our readers¿aviation buffs, historians, and future CEOs¿gain an insight into the effort, rewards, and pitfalls that lie along the path to achieving great things.Warren E. Thompson. Military Aviation Historian, says of North American Aviation: The Rise and Fall of an Aerospace Giant, ¿John Casey was in upper management positions with North American Aviation from 1941 until he retired in 1968. His knowledge of the aviation manufacturing business during World War II and the early years of the Cold War with the Soviet Union is second to none. He has written several books, and this one is the best yet. His book could fit the profile of just about any aerospace giant that has disappeared over the past 40+ years. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in aviation.¿

Hidden Warbirds

Author: Nicholas A. Veronico
Publisher: MBI Publishing Company LLC and Zenith Press
ISBN: 0760344094
Format: PDF
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Veronico explores the romantic era of World War II warbirds and the stories of some of its most famous wrecks, including the "Swamp Ghost" (a B-17E which crashed in New Guinea in the early days of World War II and which was only recently recovered), and "Glacier Girl" (a P-38, part of "The Lost Squadron," which crashed in a large ice sheet in Greenland in 1942). Throughout, Veronico provides a history of the aircraft, as well as the unique story behind each discovery and recovery with ample illustrations.

Mustang Designer

Author: Ray Wagner
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588344282
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Mustang Designer tells the story of American wartime fighter development, including engines and armaments, as part of a nationwide program of aircraft builders and fliers, focusing on Edgar Schmued, the designer of the Mustang. The P-51 Mustang is widely regarded as the best propeller-driven fighter that ever flew. What many might not realize is that the plane's developer was a German migrant. This book tells of how Schmued created a weapon that would ultimately prove lethal to the aspirations of those who had seized control over his native land.

Aircraft Design of WWII

Author: Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486814203
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Unabridged republication of the work originally compiled and published by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, CA, in 1940, under the title Aircraft Design Sketch Book"--Title page verso.

The Fight in the Clouds

Author: James P. Busha
Publisher:
ISBN: 076034518X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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DIVIn The Fight in the Clouds, aviation writer James P. Busha narrates a spellbinding collection of tales of P-51 Mustang combat throughout World War II. /div

Southern California s World War II Aircraft

Author: Cory Graff
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 146712446X
Format: PDF, ePub
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The cities of Los Angeles and San Diego were boomtowns during World War II. California aviation companies designed many of the greatest combat aircraft of the era, and bustling armies of women and men helped quickly churn them out by the thousands. An astounding 41 percent of all US warplanes came from California drawing boards during the war. These planes saw combat service everywhere--from the deserts of North Africa to the frozen tundra of Alaska. Southern California planes were the first to bomb Japan. They turned the tide at the Battle of Midway and dropped paratroopers behind enemy lines on D-Day. They flew tons of fuel, ammunition, and supplies over the treacherous Himalayan Mountains, relentlessly hounded enemy submarines and ships, and helped smash Nazi Germany's war-making industry with "thousand plane raids."

Hidden Warbirds II

Author: Nicholas A. Veronico
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 1627881972
Format: PDF, Mobi
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DIVThe continuation of World War II’s most intriguing new aviation series./divDIV /divDIVIn Hidden Warbirds II, the engaging follow-up to the critically acclaimed Hidden Warbirds, aviation historian Nicholas A. Veronico further explores the romantic era of World War II warbirds and the stories of some of its most famous wrecks and recoveries. The long-long aircraft featured in this much-anticipated sequel include the Dotty Mae, a P-47 rescued from a lake in Austria; a Hawker Tempest being restored in Texas; and a Junker 88 recovered from the icy waters of Norway. Throughout the book, Veronico provides a history of each aircraft, as well as the unique story behind each discovery and recovery, all accompanied by incredible documentary photographs. With over 150 of these photographs, depicting more than 20 warbird stories spanning the world, Hidden Warbirds II triumphantly continues a nonfiction series that renowned military author Alan Griffith calls “a fascinating joy to read.”/div

The Dakota Hunter

Author: Hans Wiesman
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 1612002595
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book tells the story of a Dutch boy who grew up during the 1950s in post-war Borneo, where he had frequent encounters with an airplane, the Douglas DC-3, aka the C-47 Skytrain or Dakota of World War II fame. For a young boy living in a remote jungle community, the aircraft reached the proportions of a romantic icon, as the essential lifeline to a bigger world for him, the beginning of a special bond. In 1957 his family left the island, and all its residual wreckage of World War II, and he attended college in The Hague. After graduation he started a career as a corporate executive, and met the aircraft again during business trips to the Americas. His childhood passion for the Dakota flared up anew, and the fascination pulled like a magnet. As if predestined, or maybe just looking for an alibi to come closer, he began a business to salvage and convert Dakota parts, which meant first of all finding them. As the demand for these war relic parts and cockpits soared, he began to travel the world to track down surplus, crashed or derelict Dakotas. He ventured deeper and deeper into remote mountains, jungles, savannas and the seas where the planes are found, usually as ghostly wrecks but sometimes still in full commercial operation. In hunting the mythical Dakota he often encountered intimidating or dicey situations in countries plagued by wars or revolts, others by arms and narcotics trafficking, warlords and con men. This book describes his multiple expeditions in search of the remains of the Dakota legend. It takes the reader to some of the remotest spots in the world, but once there one is often greeted by the comfort of what was once the WestÍs apex in transportation„however now haunted by the courageous airmen of the past.