Pacific Air by David Sears
How Fearless Flyboys, Peerless Aircraft, and Fast Flattops Conquered the Skies in the War with Japan

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In a grand sweeping narrative, Pacific Air tells the inspiring story of how, despite initial disastrous defeats, a generation of young naval aviators challenged and ultimately vanquished a superior Japanese air force and fleet in the Pacific. The instruments of the United States aviators' triumphs were the elegantly designed F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, as well as the lethal TBF Avenger torpedo bomber. With superbly trained U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators at their controls, these planes became the most successful aerial weapons in naval history.

A majestic portrait of a proud era from dual perspectives--the inventive minds of young aeronautical engineers and the deadly artistry of even younger combat pilots--Pacific Air brings this important yet underappreciated chapter of World War II vividly to life.


About David Sears

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David Sears is a former U.S. Navy officer and author of four previous books, including Such Men As These and At War with the Wind. He lives in New Jersey.
Published May 31, 2011 by Da Capo Press. 408 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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By the end of the war, Grumman had put about 30,000 planes in the air, including 12,000 advanced F6F Hellcats, which gave U.S. forces a significant advantage in the Pacific—even though at the start of the war, the Japanese Zero was a faster fighter plane with a better climb rate and turning radius.

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Portland Book Review

Granted, not everyone will have an interest in this book, but if you have any interest at all in World War II, or the planes and people of time in history, get this book.

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The Roanoke Times

Or of how a Navy — in particular a Naval Air service — pinched and starved through this same period, expanded in the months before and years after Pearl Harbor to rival and at last defeat a powerful and ruthless enemy, ought to bring a thrill of pride.

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