By Donald S. Lopez
Fighter Pilot's Heaven offers the dramatic within tale of the yank military's transition into the jet age, as instructed via a flyer whose lifestyles trusted its good fortune. With colourful anecdotes approximately fellow pilots in addition to distinctive technical details, Donald S. Lopez describes the way it used to be to be “behind the stick” as a try pilot from 1945 to 1950, while the U.S. army used to be transferring from conflict to peacetime operations and from propeller to jet aircraft.
An ace pilot who had served with Gen. Claire Chennault's Flying Tiger Fighter staff, Lopez used to be assigned on the shut of worldwide battle II to the elite facts try team of the Air Proving flooring Command. situated at Eglin box (later Eglin Air strength Base) in Florida, the crowd made up our minds the operational suitability of Air strength guns structures and plane and confirmed the 1st operational jet, the P-80 taking pictures celebrity. Jet opponents required new strategies, strategies, and weaponry. Lopez recounts old attempt flights within the P-59, P-80, and P-84, between different planes, describing advanced wrestle maneuvers, hair-raising landings in strange positions, and disastrous crashes and close to crashes. This memoir is peppered with energetic bills of many pilots and their colleagues, revealing how airmen coped with either exhilarating successes and infrequently tragic mess ups.
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