Beyond the Wild Blue by Walter J. Boyne
A History of the U.S. Air Force, 1947-1997 (Thomas Dunne Book)

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Beyond the Wild Blue is a fascinating look at fifty turbulent years of Air Force history. From the prop-driven armada of World War II to the most advanced Stealth weaponry, from pioneers like General Henry "Hap" Arnold to glorious conquests in the Gulf War, Beyond the Wild Blue is a high-flying study of the triumphs (and failures) of leadership and technology
 

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Walter J. Boyne is the former director of the National Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Boyne's books have made both the fiction and the nonfiction bestseller lists of The New York Times. His novels Roaring Thunder and Supersonic Thunder cover the first forty-four years of jet aviation. His critically acclaimed nonfiction book, Dawn Over Kitty Hawk, recounts the story of the Wright Brothers. A retired Air Force Colonel, Boyne was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame class of 2007.
 
Published March 15, 1997 by St. Martin's Press. 442 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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Indeed, Lockheed has developed some memorable aircraft, like the P-38, the Constellation, the U-2, and the C-130 (still in production after nearly half a century), and a curious reader will learn how Lockheed's distinctive tail assemblies evolved and how a stealth fighter got its shape.

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A survey of air force history from the time it succeeded the old Army Air Corps after WW II.

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Readers of veteran aviation writer Boyne will know what to expect in this update of The Wild Blue (1998): an enthusiastic account of American air power, rich in personal anecdotes as well as descriptions of weaponry, battle action, political infighting and important air force figures, but light o...

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Retired Air Force colonel Boyne (Clash of Titans, 1995, etc.) effectively describes the development of aerospace technology: aircraft, missiles and the electronic systems that shape their employment.

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