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Aces in Command: Fighter Pilots as Combat Leaders

Boyne, Walter J.

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ISBN 10: 1574883100 / ISBN 13: 9781574883107
Published by Brassey's, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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As New. In gift-giving condition. Tight, clean and crisp. With dustjacket protected in a new Mylar cover. No inscriptions. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. An excellent copy of the First Printing of the First Edition. As New. ; 9.13 X 6.06 X 1.02 inches; 249 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 22948

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Title: Aces in Command: Fighter Pilots as Combat ...

Publisher: Brassey's

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Aces in Command reveals the qualities - many but not all of them shared - that permitted four famous American pilots to become aces. However, it goes beyond their personal combat records to a far more important subject. What enabled Eddie Rickenbacker, Hub Zemkc, Boots Blesse, and Robin Olds - men of widely different backgrounds - to overcome not only the enemy but also the difficulty of whipping a combat unit into shape? Each of the four was given a daunting challenge: command of a fighting unit in no condition to fight. Each transformed his unit into an extraordinary successful fighting machine. And while some leadership techniques were common to all four (each took care of the enlisted men, for example), each man used special tools to elicit the performance he demanded of his unit. Rickenbacker, Zemke, Blesse, and Olds were all robust personalities difficult to discipline, and more often than not, thorns in the side of their headquarters. Each one of them burned to become the leading ace of their war. Nonetheless, they put the interest of their units ahead of every other goal. Had any one of them been selfish, seeking only personal vic-tories, he probably would have doubled his score. Instead, they became that rarest and most valuable warrior: the effective combat leader. Aces in Command Aces puts you into the cockpit in four wars, in fighter planes that varied vastly in technology, against enemies of ever increasing capability. It takes you in a SPAD XIII with Rickenbacker in fights with von Richthofen's Flying Circus. It puts you into a Thunderbolt with Zemke, deep over Germany, breaking all the rules, but shooting down Germans. Then you fly with Blesse in a Sabre, getting your victories deep inside North Korean lines - and never losing a wingman. Finally, it tells you of the exploits of the maverick Robin Olds in two wars, learning the trade in a Lightning over Germany and using all he learned to whip a Phantom wing into shape in Vietnam.

About the Author:

WALTER J. BOYNE is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot, the former director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, a bestselling author, and a world-renowned authority on aviation his-tory. His thirty books include The Smithsonian Book of Flight, Eagles at War, and Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the United States Air Force, 1947-1997. Residing in Ashburn, Virginia, Boyne is presently chairman of the cable television channel Wingspan.

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