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- DescriptionAbsorbing account of the WWII revolution in aerial combat. Critically acclaimed author of A Blood Dimmed Tide, Terrible Terry Allen and Battling Buzzards. First-hand reports of air strikes and dogfights over the Pacific From critically acclaimed military historian Gerald Astor comes Wings of Gold, the first account of how the aeroplane revolutionised the US Navy and paved the way to victory in the Pacific in World War II. Astor charts from 1910, when Eugene Ely flew the very first plane off the deck of a US Navy ship, to the unprecedented air-combat missions that helped defeat the Japanese. Few naval aviators in World War II realised that when they earned their wings of gold they were about to become test pilots for a whole new kind of combat. In their own words, these courageous fliers describe the life-and-death air battles that defined the sea change in naval strategy. The revolution in tactics arose from the ashes of Pearl Harbor, when fighter pilots watched in horror as Japanese carrier-launched aircraft bombed their planes and airfields into smoking rubble. While following the pilots' first-hand reports of air strikes and blazing dogfights across the islands and atolls of the Pacific, Astor explores the ways the US navy began its momentous transformation before the war. Later, the critical role of aircraft carriers in the stunning US victory at Midway sounded the death knell for conventional naval warfare. Still, the public, the press, the army, and even the president's advisers failed to recognise that a new era had begun which would change the face of war for ever. Vividly told, thoroughly researched, and filled with stirring accounts of the Pacific War's greatest air battles, Wings of Gold is an important addition to the annals of World War II aerial combat.
- Author BiographyGerald Astor is the critically acclaimed military historian and author of Terrible Terry Allen, The Mighty Eighth, A Blood-Dimmed Tide, The Right to Fight, The Greatest War, and The Bloody Forest, among other titles. He lives near New York City. From the Hardcover edition.
- Author(s)Gerald Astor
- PublisherPresidio Press
- Date of Publication31/05/2005
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPresidio Press
- Content Note16 pp b/w plates
- Width232 mm
- Height156 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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