THE WARBIRD'S FORUM
72 years on ...When I attended the Ojai reunion of the American Volunteer Group in 1989, there must have been a hundred Tigers in attendance, and most of them were still spry. Time is cruel, though, as A. E. Houseman once pointed out: "With rue my heart is laden / For golden friends I had / For many a rose-lipt maiden / And many a lightfoot lad." Sure enough, for the group's 72nd reunion at Redstone Arsenal the other week, only three Tigers were in attendance: Chuck Baisden, Frank Losonsky, and Ed Stiles, all ground crew from the 3rd Squadron Hell's Angels. (A fourth AVG veteran, P-40 pilot and former flight instructor Carl Brown, is still with us but did not attend.) The rest are gone, as Housman predicted: "By brooks too broad for leaping / The lightfoot boys are laid / The rose-lipt girls are sleeping / In fields where roses fade." (A Shropshire Lad, 1896)
Diary of a Bomber PilotGlen Edwards: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot is now available in paperback for the first time. The text has been updated from the 1998 Smithsonian Institution Press hardcover, with photographs and an analysis of Jack Northrop's flawed "Flying Wing" bomber, which killed Glen Edwards and Danny Forbes in 1949. Also available in digital format for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo e-reader, and for the iPad through the Apple iBookstore. Secondhand remaindered copies of the original book can be ordered available from Marketplace sellers.
Edwards's story is mostly told in his own words, taken from the
diary he kept from the first day as an aviation cadet to the day before he died
in the fiery crash of the Northrop YB-49. As co-author, I introduce the
man, bridge the gaps in his diary, and explain the virtues and the drawbacks
of the planes he flies, whether as a bomber pilot in the North Africa desert or
as an Air Force test pilot at Wright Field and Muroc--now known
as Edwards Air Force Base. "Ford ... is blessed
with a splendid writing style and understands the modern Air Force,
wrote the reviewer for Air & Space magazine.
"Reading his book is a real treat." For more, go here.
Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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Here are a thousand or so files on airplanes, pilots, and military history, grouped under these headings:
- Annals of the Flying Tigers
- Annals of the Brewster Buffalo
- Annals of Poland: war and exile, 1939-1948
- Japan at War, 1931-1945
- Annals of the Chinese Air Force
- Glen Edwards and the Flying Wing
- Remembering Bluie West One
- The Spadguys Speak (carrying a nuke to Sevastopol)
- Annals of Vietnam
- War in the Modern World