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- Description* The combat experience of Frank G. Tinker, Jr, the top American ace during the Spanish Civil War This complete biography of a most colourful and uncommon young man is based t only on his memoir, but on Tinker family papers and his own personal records. Through sheer perseverance, he rose from a teenage enlisted seaman, through the U.S. Naval Academy, to the officer's wardroom and then pressed on to claim the wings of a naval aviator and become a superlative fighter pilot and a published author. More unusual still, he possessed extraordinary people skills that allowed him to deal and move with relative ease among Navy compatriots, foreign combat pilots, left-wing literati in Madrid and Paris, and the rural folk of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, who embraced him as one of their own.A The book also focuses on the aerial tactics introduced in the Spanish Civil War that became standard military practice a few years later in World War II. Included are descriptions of the German introduction of the Finger FourA fighter formation that replaced the V of three or fourA formation then in vogue; the first use of military airlift to move large numbers of troops and equipment into combat; the greater accuracy and destructiveness of dive bombers versus high altitude bombers; perfection of the silent approachA used by high altitude bombers before the introduction of radar early warning; and air intelligence reports that asserted daylight high altitude bombers could t get throughA and return from enemy territory successfully without the protection of fighter cover.
- Author BiographyRichard K. Smith received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Airships Akron and Macon: Flying Aircraft Carriers of the United States Navy, the award-winning First Across! The U.S. Navy's Transatlantic Flight of 1919 and numerous articles on the history of aeronautics. He died before completing the manuscript of Five Down, No Glory.
- Author(s)Richard K. Smith
- PublisherNaval Institute Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2011
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationAnnopolis
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNaval Institute Press
- Content Notephoto section
- Weight748 g
- Width165 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine36 mm
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