Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman Who Shaped American Aviation

Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman Who Shaped American

Comprehensive biography of Anthony Fokker, the famed Dutch pilot and daredevil aviatorAnthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman Who Shaped American Aviation tells the larger-than-life true story of maverick pilot and aircraft manufacturer Anthony Fokker. Fokker came from an affluent Dutch family and developed a gift for tinkering with mechanics. Despite not receiving a traditional education, he stumbled his way into aviation as a young stunt pilot in Germany in 1910. He survived a series of spectacular airplane crashes and rose to fame within a few years. A combination of industrial espionage, luck, and deception then propelled him to become Germany's leading aircraft manufacturer during World War I, making him a multimillionaire by his midtwenties.When the German Revolution swept the country in 1918 and 1919, Fokker made a spectacular escape to the United States. He set up business in New York and New Jersey in 1921, and shortly thereafter became the world's largest aircraft manufacturer. The U.S. Army and Navy acquired his machines, and his factories equipped legendary carriers such as Pan American and TWA at the dawn of commercial air transport.Yet despite his astounding success, his empire collapsed in the late 1920s after a series of ill-conceived business decisions and deeply ups...

  • ASIN: 1588346153

The Red Baron: The Graphic History of Richthofen's Flying Circus and the Air War in WWI (Zenith Graphic Histories)

The Red Baron: The Graphic History of Richthofen's

In The Red Baron, graphic artist and author Wayne Vansant illustrates the incredible story of Manfred von Richthofen, whose unparalleled piloting prowess as a member of the Imperial German Army Air Service made him a World War I celebrity, both in the air and on the ground. In his signature style, enjoyed by readers of Normandy and Bombing Nazi Germany, Vansant beautifully depicts the fearsome intelligence and mid-flight awareness that would earn Richthofen eighty documented air combat victories over the Western Front in the halcyon days of military aviation. From his beginnings as cavalry member and a pilot-in-training to the years he spent commanding Jasta 11 from the cockpit of his fabled red plane, to his eventual leadership of the ultra-mobile Jagdgeschwader 1 (aptly nicknamed "Richtofen's Flying Circus" by nervous foes because of the group's colorful airplanes and mobile airfields), The Red Baron brings the story of this legendary figure to life. Richthofen died young under controversial circumstances, but the Red Baron's astonishing skill and tactical acumen lived on far long after his death and helped usher in a new type of warfare that would reign supreme twenty-five years later: war in the air.

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  • ASIN: 076034602X
  • UPC: 752748346024

Racing Ace - WW1 Flying Ace: The Fights and Flights of 'Kink' Kinkead DSO, DSC*, DFC*

Racing Ace - WW1 Flying Ace: The

Samuel ‘Kink’ Kinkead won two DSCs with the Royal Naval Air Service, two DFC with the fledgling RAF and the DSO in Russia.A brilliant pilot, postwar he was a long range aviation pioneer and leading racing ace selected for the international Schneider Trophy in Venice in 1927. Tragically, he was killed in 1928 when he was only 31 during his attempt to shatter the World Air Speed record. He is honored by several memorials, at Cranwell, the RAF Club in Piccadilly, at Fawley and a permanent exhibition in the Kinkead Room at Calshot from where he set out on his final flight.Julian Lewis MP has pieced together Kink’s extraordinary story of achievement during his short but eventful and glamorous life. A fascinating account of flying derring-do in war and peace.

  • ASIN: B0091WB23C

Snoopy the Flying Ace

Snoopy the Flying

This collection of comics starring Charles M. Schulz’s beloved Peanuts gang highlights Snoopy’s adventures in the sky.   Spend time with Charlie Brown and friends in this funny and charming collection of comic strips culled from Charles M. Schulz’s work. As Snoopy zooms through the air and fights off the infamous Red Baron, nothing can stop this flying ace and his Sopwith Camel fighter plane—except maybe dinner.   Award-winning author Charles M. Schulz’s classic Peanuts comics continue to be discovered and cherished by new generations of fans around the world.

  • ASIN: B00VSLI79G

No Parachute: A Classic Account of War in the Air in WWI

No Parachute: A Classic Account of War in

This account of the Great War puts you right in the action—from one of the fighter pilots of the Royal Flying Corps.   From the young airmen who took their frail machines high above the trenches of World War I and fought their foes in single combat, there emerged a renowned company of brilliant aces—among them Ball, Bishop, McCudden, Collishaw, and Mannock—whose legendary feats have echoed down half a century. But behind the elite pilots in the Royal Flying Corps, there were many hundreds of airmen who flew their hazardous daily sorties in outdated planes without ever achieving fame.   Here is the story of one of these unknown flyers—a story based on letters written in the day, telling of a young pilot’s progress from fledgling to seasoned fighter. His descriptions of air fighting, sometimes against the Richthofen Circus, of breathless dogfights between Sopwith Pup and Albatros, are among the most vivid and immediate to come out of World War I.   Arthur Gould Lee, who rose to the rank of air vice-marshal and also authored the classic Open Cockpit, brilliantly conveys the immediacy of air war, the thrills and the terror, in this honest and timeless account.

  • ASIN: B00IYSGMJ8

The Red Baron: WW1 German Flying Ace.(Manfred von Richthofen:80 Air Combat Victories).: WW1: 'One Hour History.' (WW1 Military Teenager Series. Book 5)

The Red Baron: WW1 German Flying Ace.(Manfred von

'THE RED BARON: WW1 GERMAN FLYING ACE.'Amazon's 2018 Best Selling 'WW1 Biography Series.' About The AuthorAlex Devaney is an Independent Publisher, Author and Freelance Writer. Since receiving a Honours Diploma in Freelance and Feature Writing from London School of Journalism, Alex has had numerous articles published on Military History, Social History, and Military Crime. Alex has also published twelve ebooks on Military History. 100th World War One Anniversary (1914 -1918); Maps, Photographs and Famous Leaders.4 Stars. Amazon Review by 'M' (USA Site).I really liked it. This is a quick and very good read. Written in a straight to the point and easy to grasp manner.3 stars. Amazon Review. (Brazil Site) Fernando Procopius.A good read for anyone who wants to know only the basics of the German ACE. 4 Star Amazon Review. Raymond McDonald.I like it. Well worth reading. Very good.5 Star Amazon Review. Mark R.I like his style. There is no fluff, no padding, just the relevant facts; along with the right background information. The Red Baron was a thoroughly good, informative read. I highly recommend it. Manfred von Richthofen, was the infamous Red Baron, who stalked the skies in a reign of terror during WW1. He hunted down his prey with military precision; then executed his kill with no ...

  • ASIN: B00IHRCS1C

Horses Don't Fly: The Memoir of the Cowboy Who Became a World War I Ace

Horses Don't Fly: The Memoir of the Cowboy

From breaking wild horses in Colorado to fighting the Red Baron's squadrons in the skies over France, here in his own words is the true story of a forgotten American hero: the cowboy who became our first ace and the first pilot to fly the American colors over enemy lines.    Growing up on a ranch in Sterling, Colorado, Frederick Libby mastered the cowboy arts of roping, punching cattle, and taming horses. As a young man he exercised his skills in the mountains and on the ranges of Arizona and New Mexico as well as the Colorado prairie. When World War I broke out, he found himself in Calgary, Alberta, and joined the Canadian army. In France, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as an "observer," the gunner in a two-person biplane. Libby shot down an enemy plane on his first day in battle over the Somme, which was also the first day he flew in a plane or fired a machine gun. He went on to become a pilot. He fought against the legendary German aces Oswald Boelcke and Manfred von Richthofen, and became the first American to down five enemy planes. He won the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in action.   Libby's memoir of his cowboy days in the last years of the Old West evokes a real-life Cormac McCarthy novel. His description of World War I combines a rattling good ac...

  • ASIN: B01DRX7UNQ

Maverick In The Sky: The Aerial Adventures of WW1 Flying Ace Freddie McCall

Maverick In The Sky: The Aerial Adventures of

Aviation adventures are Shirlee Smith Matheson’s specialty. In Maverick in the Sky the author paints a fascinating portrait of flying ace Freddie McCall, one of the most successful fighter pilots of the First World War. McCall’s bold spirit might well have been inherited from his clan motto Dulce Periculum – Danger is Sweet. His amazing wartime accomplishments, his extraordinary flying skills, his fiercely independent barnstorming character and his self-reliant entrepreneurial spirit make him one of Canada’s most spectacular mavericks.

  • ASIN: B00QKVWWP4

Oswald Boelcke: Germany's First Fighter Ace and Father of Air Combat

Oswald Boelcke: Germany's First Fighter Ace and Father

Oswald Boelcke was Germany’s first ace in World War One with a total of forty victories. His character, inspirational leadership, organizational genius, development of air-to-air tactics and impact on aerial doctrine are all reasons why Boelcke remains an important figure in the history of air warfare.Paving the way for modern air forces across the world with his pioneering tactics, Boelcke had a dramatic effect on his contemporaries. The fact that he was the Red Baron’s mentor, instructor, squadron commander and friend demonstrates the influence he had upon the German air force. He was one of the first pilots to be awarded the famous Pour le Mérite commonly recognized as the ‘Blue Max’. All of this was achieved after overcoming medical obstacles in his childhood and later life with a willpower and determination.Boelcke even gained the admiration of his enemies. After his tragic death in a midair collision, the Royal Flying Corps dropped a wreath on his funeral, and several of his victims sent another wreath from their German prison camp. His name and legacy of leadership and inspiration live on, as seen in the Luftwaffe’s designation of the Tactical Air Force Wing 31 ‘Boelcke’.In this definitive biography RG Head explores why Oswald Boelcke deserves consideration ...

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  • ASIN: 1910690236

Camel Combat Ace: The Great War Flying Career of Edwin Swale CBE OBE DFC*

Camel Combat Ace: The Great War Flying Career

This work follows the First World War career of Captain (later wing commander) Edwin Swale, CBE DFC and bar, who served with 210 Squadron RAF, piloting Sopwith Camel scouts between March and October 1918. During this timeframe, he destroyed seventeen enemy aircraft, the majority being the formidable Fokker DV11. He undertook a series of perilous operations, including patrols, bombing and strafing missions and bomber escorts. After the cessation of hostilities, he continued his flying career by piloting gliders over his native Derbyshire. He rejoined the RAF during the Second World War and ended the conflict as an intelligence officer in charge of Ultra operations with the 2nd TAF. His son Duncan also served in the RAF during the Second World War, flying low-level intruder operations in de Havilland Mosquitoes and earning a DFC and a US DFC. Swale also gave noted service to his native Chesterfield as a councillor, alderman, mayor and JP.This is his story, told in full and thrilling detail.

  • ASIN: 1473866847
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