Sunday, April 1, 2007

April 2007

Wingmen: Two Friends, Four Wars, Flying And Fighting Through The 20th Century by Peter J. Wurtz & William R. Yoakley (BookSurge, 2006, ISBN: 1419649329). Two wingmen, or military flyers who watch out for each other in combat, document a friendship that spans more than 60 years and through four wars—World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Cold War. These citizen-soldiers have experience in legendary flying machines, such as the P-51, B-25, F-86, the list goes on; read about these two in Wingmen, which is illustrated with rare aviation photos.

Air Facts: Advanced Equipment DVD (Sporty's, 2006, ID# D207A). This title is divided into four subject matters: High Performance Single Engine, Turbochargers & Flight Level Flying, Multiengine and Autopilots. The popular Autopilots program has been expanded with a new segment that features the Garmin G1000 integrated autopilot and flight director system. Advanced Equipment is one of nine Air Facts DVDs grouped by subject matter for a total of 31 different programs.

The Aviation Book: A Survevy Of The World's Aircraft by Fia O Caoimh (Chronicle Books, 2006, ISBN: 0811856186). This coffee-table book is a combination of the author's personal passion and exhaustive research. A visual encyclopedia of aircraft, the book has a special emphasis on obscure or forgotten airplanes. Taken from O Caoimh's sketchbooks, the book features exquisite plane and helicopter illustrations that illustrate the history of flight.

Chasing The Wind: The Autobiography Of Steve Fossett by Steve Fossett (Virgin Books, Ltd., 2006, ISBN: 1852272341). Known for completing the first solo round-the-world balloon flight in 2002 and the first solo by airplane in 2005, Steve Fossett is one of the world's most accomplished contemporary adventurers. In his autobiography, Steve (who also set 115 world records in five different sports) shares his life story and relives his achievements. Learn about his previous life as a financial trader, which he gave up for his adventures.

Jackie Cochran: Pilot In The Fastest Lane by Doris L. Rich (University Press of Florida, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-8130-3043-2). To most people, Amelia Earhart's name comes to mind when they think of prominent women aviators. But Jackie Cochran is another name that more people should know. Cochran was the first woman to break the sound barrier and to fly across the Atlantic. She held more than 200 aviation records and commanded the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. Learn about this forgotten, but notable woman's achievements in this new book.


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