Glen Edwards: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot
The test pilot's story is told mostly 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 Flying Wing bomber. The
co-author introduces Edwards, bridges the gaps in the diary, and
explains the virtues and the drawbacks of the planes Edwards is
flying, 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.
What the reviewers said
"Ford, an Army veteran, has a long, impressive record as a novelist
and editor. He is blessed with a splendid writing style and understands
the modern Air Force. Reading his book is a real treat." -- Military
Review, Nov-Dec 1999
"A fascinating tale and a tribute to an unassuming man who simply loved
to fly." -- Air&Space/Smithsonian
(Click here for the review in full)
"The author did an excellent job.... For those who are looking for
information on YB-49/B-35 the answers may be found in this book." --
American Aviation Historical Society Newsletter
"Highly recommended" -- Today's Librarian
"A most interesting personal account of a great American who survived
the war, but died as a test pilot." -- Weekend
"The fascinating diary of the WWII bomber and postwar test pilot....
Edwards's own words are skillfully interwoven with Ford's, offering a richly
detailed account of postwar aviation--and the infant years of the
military-industrial complex." -- Kirkus Reviews
As a novelist, Daniel Ford is best known for
Incident at Muc Wa and the acclaimed Vietnam film
Go Tell the Spartans that was based on it. This and two other novels
were published by Doubleday & Co. and are still in print.
As a military historian, Ford won an Award of Excellence from the
Aviation-Space Writers Association for
Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, published by
Smithsonian Institution Press and more recently in a revised and updated
edition from HarperCollins. "War history as it should be written!"
exclaimed the reviewer for the Naval aviation journal The Hook. Most
recently, he wrote
Poland's Daughter, a memoir of the Second World War and its aftermath.
Glen Edwards was published in hardcover by Smithsonian Institution
Press, in Washington and London, in 1998. It contained 195 pages plus 12
pages of photographs, plus source notes, a glossary, and an index. The
list price was $26.95, and the book is now out of print, though
copies are available from various sellers, including unsold and
autographed copies from the editor. Revised digital version and paperback
editions published 2013 by Warbird Books.
Get the print edition
The paperback is 6x9 inches, 218 pages, with black-white photos, notes and
bibliography. It sells for $9.95 plus shipping.
You can get a signed copy of the Smithsonian Institution Press hardcover
delivered to your U.S. mail address for the same price plus postage, sent by
Priority Mail. You can also pay by check.
Finally, you may be able to get the paperback through your local bookstore using the ISBN
probably with a surcharge.
Get the e-book
The digital edition sells for $4.99, available from these e-tailers: