Johnston, S. Paul.
Title FLYING SQUADRONS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE U.S. ARMY AIR FORCES.
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Very Good -
Jacket Condition Fair
Edition First Edition
Publisher New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce 1942
Seller ID 28719
234 pp, 9 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "(C)ombines rare and startling pictures with a thoroughly authoritative text to tell the story (of the 'Flying Squadrons'). (Johnston) points out how, from the very earliest flights of man, people foresaw the military possibilities of aviation: Franklin, in his letters after he watched the Montgolfier ascensions; Napoleon, in his Egyptian campaign; the Danes, during the Swedish conflict of 1830. Briefly but penetratingly he tells the story of the early twentieth-century experiments, and of what happened to aviation in the first World War. He shows what position of our air power was in 1919, and how that position changed in the Twenties and Thirties: experimentation, discouragement, retrogression, new ideas, organization, the attitude of the army leaders, of government leaders, of industry. Finally, he presents the whole picture of our Army Air Force as it was constituted on December 7th, 1941. He describes all types of airplanes that have been developed - the interceptor and convoying pursuit plane, the light, medium, and heavy bomber, the transports, the reconnaissance, liaison, trainer planes. He then tells of the make-up of Army Air Force personnel and of the training courses. He gives data on the size of our Air Force, on the programs mapped out, on lessons learned from the Nazis and from the British, and how these lessons are being applied. Finally, he presents the all-over strategy of our military aviation, explaining where it is weak, what it must plan for, how it can be the keystone of victory." Light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two small corner bumps. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has edge tears/chips, edge wrinkling/creasing, rubbing, slight fading to spine color, protected in a mylar sleeve.