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American Military Gliders of World War II - Development, Training, Experimentation, and Tactics of all Aircraft Types

Bill Norton

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ISBN 10: 0764340514 / ISBN 13: 9780764340512
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BRAND NEW Oversized Hardcover in dust jacket - 256pp - The U.S. Army glider corps was formed in the tumultuous period of rapid buildup of American military might prior to the nation's December 1941 entry into World War II. It then had to mature rapidly, under the persistent pressure of wartime conditions, to be ready for action when American airborne troops first deployed. This meant haste and misconceptions that fostered inefficiencies in all aspects of the effort. The program produced a cadre of pilots and fleet of wood and fabric gliders that executed challenging combat missions unlike anything done before or since. Despite the numbers and combat record, the glider is almost never mentioned in accounts of World War II combat aircraft. Many other gliders were developed, partially or completely, to enhance airborne operational capabilities. Most of these have been little reported until now. The U.S. Army and Britain shared aircraft and knowledge, both employing the other's gliders in combat. The U.S. Navy also spent time developing amphibious transport gliders for Marine Corps landings. All are covered in this book. The American experience with military gliders during World War II remains a fascinating story of innovation under wartime conditions of a weapon with no historical antecedents - Overseas Shipping extra on this! A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Bookseller Inventory # 696546

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Title: American Military Gliders of World War II - ...

Publisher: Schiffer Military Books

Binding: Hardcover

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The U.S. Army glider corps was formed in the tumultuous period of rapid buildup of American military might prior to the nation's December 1941 entry into World War II. It then had to mature rapidly, under the persistent pressure of wartime conditions, to be ready for action when American airborne troops first deployed. This meant haste and misconceptions that fostered inefficiencies in all aspects of the effort. The program produced a cadre of pilots and fleet of wood and fabric gliders that executed challenging combat missions unlike anything done before or since. Despite the numbers and combat record, the glider is almost never mentioned in accounts of World War II combat aircraft. Many other gliders were developed, partially or completely, to enhance airborne operational capabilities. Most of these have been little reported until now. The U.S. Army and Britain shared aircraft and knowledge, both employing the other's gliders in combat. The U.S. Navy also spent time developing amphibious transport gliders for Marine Corps landings. All are covered in this book. The American experience with military gliders during World War II remains a fascinating story of innovation under wartime conditions of a weapon with no historical antecedents.

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Bill Norton is an aeronautical and flight test engineer who retired in 2002 from a 20-year career as a US Air Force Officer. He is a 1992 graduate of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a bachelor of science degree in Aerospace Engineering, and he also holds a master of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Norton currently works as a flight test engineer for JT3, a support contractor for the Air Force Flight Test Center. He presently works as a structures engineer, leading flight test missions in the control room for the Air Force's new fighter aircraft, the F/A-22. Norton is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Flight Test Technical Committee and the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) Technical Council. He authored the Structures Flight Test Handbook as well as the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (Specialty Press, 2001) and the STOL Progenitors (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2002). His articles have also appeared in numerous magazines, including Aerospace America, Air International and FineScale Modeler, to name a few. Norton is an accomplished civilian aviator and is constructing his own aircraft. Other hobbies include running, writing and plastic modeling.

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