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First Line, The : Air defense in the Northeast, 1952-1960

Green, Bill

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ISBN 10: 0963965700 / ISBN 13: 9780963965707
Published by Wonderhorse Publications 1994-01-01, US, 1994
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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480 pages, photos in color and b&w. Light scratching to rear cover of dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy. Record # 463383. Bookseller Inventory # 463383

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Title: First Line, The : Air defense in the ...

Publisher: Wonderhorse Publications 1994-01-01, US

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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The First Line is unique in many respects as a look into the operations of the Air Defense Command during the 1950's when it was being set up, and equipped with new relatively untested all-weather interceptors, starting with P-47's and P-51's and progressing through P-80's, F-86's, F-89's, F-94's, F-101's, F-102's and F-106's. All in ten years.  It was a time of serious concern about Cold War threats and real urgency to set up defenses.

And it was a time of adventure and occasional tragedy. The book includes input from many pilots and radar operators who were in the squadrons it the Northeast including those at Dow AFB, Ethan Allen AFB, Griffiss AFB and Presque Isle AFB, as well as hundreds of photos and original color artwork.
These books are brand new, still in shrink wrap, and from the writer's original archives.

About the Author:

Bill Green was raised in New England.  During his high school years the 37th FIS in the Air Defense Command was being set up, flying P-51's and then F-86D's and F-102's.  He often rode a bicycle four miles to the airport to watch the activity. Many years later, after a career as an international corporate executive, and twelve years as an officer in the Air National Guard, he decided to learn more about the 37th and the affiliated squadrons at Presque Isle AFB and Dow AFB in Maine and Griffiss AFB in New York.

Several years of research in Air Force archives, visits to the closed bases and many interviews followed, and then resulted in this book.

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