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January/February 2009


Garmin 696/695 Checkout DVD (Sporty’s, 2008, ID# D696A). This new program shows you how to use all the powerful features of the just-released GPSMAP 696 or 695, and offers tips for easier in-flight navigation. The DVD will give you advice on extending battery life, using shortcuts, creating flight plans and interacting with XM Weather. Order from


African Air by George Steinmetz (Abrams, 2008, ISBN: 9780810984035). The exhilaration of exotic travel, the hospitality of native people, brushes with fierce soldiers in unstable regions, the thrill of flight, conflicts between big oil companies and remote villages—this book has it all. The stunning collection of photos spans the author/photographer’s career of more than 30 years, which includes nearly as many trips to Africa.


A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight by Robert J. Mrazek (Little, Brown, 2008, ISBN: 9780316021395). Former U.S. Congressman Robert Mrazek tells the little-known story of a torpedo squadron that—through a combination of courage, loyalty and sacrifice—helped turn the tides in the battles of Midway and Guadalcanal. These 35 men flew an airplane dubbed the “flying coffin” that launched unreliable torpedoes against enemy war ships. In doing so, they became the most highly decorated U.S. naval air squadron of WWII.


So You Want to Fly Helicopters DVD (Sporty’s, 2008, ID# D270A). The joys of flying a rotorcraft are many; learn how to do it yourself with this new release. Based on Sporty’s original helicopter program, the video was re-created with vivid animations and an all-new in-flight video to prepare you for the thrills of rotary-wing flight. Order from

Kamikazes, Corsairs, And Picket Ships: Okinawa, 1945 by Robin L. Rielly (Casemate, 2008, 9781932033861). This is the previously untold story of one of the most ferocious and prolonged air/naval battles ever: the battle at the radar picket stations during the American assault on Okinawa in the spring of 1945. Of the 206 ships serving on radar picket duty, 29% were sunk or damaged by Japanese air attacks, making theirs the most hazardous naval surface duty in WWII.  


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