Friday, June 1, 2007

June 2007

A Mighty Fortress by Chuck Alling (Casemate, 2006, ISBN: 1932033599). This is a personal account of the captain and crew of a lead bomber in the enormous formation raids made by the 8th Airforce during the last 10 months of World War II. The narrative demonstrates the courage and bravery of the crew of one B17 Flying Fortress. Flying 27 missions before the war's end in May 1945, Alling provides a unique insight into the lives of a crew that flew the War to its end.

Ascent by Jed Mercurio (Simon & Schuster, 2007, ISBN: 9780743298223). Set in the secret world of the Soviet space program, this novel spans the years between the end of World War II and the monumental Apollo 11 moon landing. The story follows Yefgenii Mikhailovich Yeremin, a “legendary” pilot-turned-cosmonaut, as he flies jets in the Second World War and is eventually chosen as a solo traveler on a secret Soviet mission to the moon, which occurs as America gets closer and closer to the launch of Apollo 11.

Rotax 912 Engine Introduction DVD (ASA, 2007, ISBN: 9781560276791). The newest DVD in ASA's Freedom To Fly series provides tips and techniques for trouble-free operation of a light-sport aircraft with a ROTAX engine and provides an introduction to the specific concepts important in maintaining the 912. The presentation reviews vital engine fluids, includes practical advice for selecting fuel and checking and changing the oil, and covers approved coolant options. The 68-minute DVD comes with a booklet with quick reference checklists.

Paper Pilot: The Paper Airplane Pilot's Manual by Staff Sergeant Benjamin Haynes (2007, Universe Publishing, ISBN: 9780789315359). This book celebrates the remarkable warbird and brings together a love for aviation history, model-making and the technological marvels of the jet age. Packed with aerial photographs, illustrations and historical facts about famous aircraft, Paper Pilot is a nostalgic look at the eternally popular pastime of model airplane building. Featuring 24 punch-out model airplane projects, this book is informative as well as interactive.

Over The Mountains: An Aerial View of Geology by Michael Collier (2007, Firefly Books, ISBN: 1931414181). Photographer and author (and geologist/doctor/pilot!) Michael Collier has acquired more than 3,500 hours of flight time since 1985. In his Cessna 180, Collier has trekked to North America's most remote and breathtaking regions, snapping exquisite photographs along the way, which are featured in his new coffee-table book. From Colliers elevated perspective, he offers readers a clear view of the forces at work on our planet. Readers will appreciate mountains for the stories they're telling as well as their scenic beauty.


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