Project Seven Alpha: American Airlines in Burma 1942 by Leland Shanle (Pen & Sword, 2009, ISBN: 9781844158263). This is the fact-based story of a small group of American Airlines pilots who volunteered to fly combat missions from a hidden base in Eastern India. Answering FDR’s call for people to take arms against Japanese forces intent on taking India, these pilots flew over the most notorious territory in the world: the Himalayan mountain range.
For the Love of Flying: The Story of Laurentian Air Services by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail (Robin Brass Studio, 2009, ISBN: 9781896941578). A major addition to knowledge about air-tourism and bush-aviation pioneers, this book details the Laurentian Air Services and its subsidiaries, including Air Schefferville and Delay River Outfitters. Explore the innovative company’s colorful 60-year history from its 1936 founding in Ottawa through the 1990s. .
The Next Hour: The Most Important Hour in Your Logbook by Richard Collins (Sporty’s, 2009, ID# M459A). When someone says something to Dick Collins about his being a high-time pilot, he responds, “It’s only the next hour that counts.” That was the impetus behind Collins’ latest book, an all-new collection of wisdom and insights learned from a lifetime of flying GA airplanes. Learn how to comprehend and manage the risks inherent in flying from an aviation legend. Order at www.sportys.com.
2008 Red Bull Air Race Championship DVD(Standing Room Only, 2009, ISBN: 9780769788845). Follow 12 pilots (including Michael Goulian and Mike Mangold) as they race through eight of the world’s most stunning cities. Add twisting racetracks, 400 km/h flying and 12 G’s, and you’ve got the 2008 Red Bull Air Race World Championship—a spectacular season of high drama and amazing skill. Order from www.aircraftspruce.com.
Legend of the Lancasters: The Bomber War from England 1942–45 by Martin W. Bowman(Pen & Sword, 2009, ISBN: 9781848840171). This coffee-table book follows the crews who flew Lancasters in the RAF Bomber Command from 1942 to the end of the war in Europe. Covering some of WWII’s most noteworthy events, which are brought to life by interviews with people who flew Lancasters and fought their way to the end, the book includes many never-seen illustrations and accounts. .