EAA AirVenture has wrapped up for another year. Still have aviation on your mind. Try some of these books for our collection.
Warbirds: an illustrated guide to U.S. military aircraft, 1915-2000 by John Fredriksen
"In this book sized for the coffee table, Fredriksen provides portraits of 327 US warplanes, WW I to the present. Included are fighters, bombers, transports, flying boats, trainers, helicopters, reconnaissance aircraft, and several lesser-known types. Each entry includes one black-and-white photograph and provides information concerning physical dimensions (including weight), engines, performance, armament, and in many cases, pedigree." Choice Review
Lords of the Sky: fighter pilots and air combat, from the Red Baron to the F-17 by Dan Hampton
"The first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation--a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the Red Baron and his triplane in World War I to today's technologically expert flying warriors in supersonic jets."
Aircraft: the definitive visual history
"From the first prototypes of flying machines to today's supersonic jets, the history and roles of aircraft are explored in this beautifully illustrated guide. Planes are divided equally between military and commercial aircraft, and iconic aircraft of each era, such as the Supermarine Spitfire and Concorde, are showcased in beautifully photographed spreads with "virtual tours" that reveal the anatomy of these legendary planes."
50 Aircraft that Changed the World by Ron Dick
"50 of history's foremost planes with profiles of their pilots and designers. There's the Wright brothers' 1905 Flyer, along with the Douglas World Cruiser, De Havilland's Mosquito, the Messerschmitt Bf-109, the Boeing B-17, the P-51 Mustang, the Lockheed Constellation, the Learjet, and the Boeing jetliners, to name just a few. There are 300 engaging color and black-and-white photographs to delight aircraft buffs." Booklist
Viper Pilot: a memoir of air combat by Dan Hampton
"Hampton, one of America's most renowned fighter pilots-a retired, decorated Air Force lieutenant colonel-shares a brash and bold account of his 20 year military service in this fast-paced adventure memoir." Publishers Weekly
Heart of the Storm: my adventures as a helicopter rescue pilot and commander by Edward L. Fleming
"During his 30 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, Fleming made a career of descending from the sky to pluck disaster victims from the jaws of floods, storms, sharks and polar white-outs." Publishers Weekly
Apache Dawn: always outnumbered, never outgunned by Damien Lewis
"The dramatic story of two Apache attack helicopters in Afghanistan in this intense and sobering narrative. Lewis focuses on the four pilots of a single flight-identified by its radio call sign, Flight Ugly-of the British Army Air Corps's 622 Squadron as they deployed to Afghanistan's remote and rugged Helmand Province for a 100-day tour in the summer of 2007." Publishers Weekly