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It takes awhile for the enormity of the surplus at hand at the end of World War II to be truly grasped. The United States disposed of millions of dollars worth of surplus military equipment and this book gives the reader the total overall picture of the distribution of World War II U.S. aircraft. It shows the continued use of some of these planes for civilian non-military purposes as well as the scrapping and salvaging of others. Many sites involved in this massive distribution are documented in this book. Readers who are interested in what survived and what may still be flying as well as how many were reduced to ingots will find, in addition to the extensive photo coverage, an emphasis on prices, totals available for sale and licensed, etc., information that has not been documented in one book before.
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William T. Larkins Aviation Photographer and Historian The author has been photographing aircraft for more than 70 years, having started in 1934. He was the founder of the American Aviation Historical Society and editor of its journal for the first three years. He is the author of several books and numerous magazine articles. An indication of his early interest in aviation history is shown by his membership numbers - No. 1 in AAHS; 17 in the Antique Airplane Association, 201 in Air Britain; 22 in the National Ryan Club; 28 in the North American Trainers Association. Larkins was born in Bakersfield, California in 1922 and later moved to the San Francisco Bay area. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1943, and then graduated from the AAF Photograph School at Lowry Field. He spent three years in aircraft recognition training including serving in HQ AAF. After the war he served three years in the Intelligence section of the AAF Reserve and three years in photography in the California Air National Guard. He is married and has two married daughters and two grandchildren. He retired after 31 years as an administrative assistant at the University of California, Berkeley, and continues to photograph aircraft and research material for future articles and books.Review:
Book reviewer Job Conger says the author, a well known aviation historian, is noted for his books and articles that are concisely written, (without) fluff or fabrication, and are eminently factual. Larkin s fine book gives an unprecedented, lasting portrait of those brief few years. I predict it will inspire future aviation historians to build on this effort. I enjoyed Surplus WW II U.S. Aircraft from cover to cover and bet you will too. - Job Conger --Job Conger
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Book Description BAC Publishers, Inc., 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0965573060