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Flying Fortress: The Illustrated Biography of the B-17s and the Men Who Flew Them

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Renowned throughout the world for its strength and destructiveness, the Flying Fortress was one of the greatest fighting airplanes of all time. In this comprehensively documented biography, Edward Jablonski tells the story of the Flying Fortress Boeing B-17, America's legendary long-range bomber. From the B-17's near death in infancy to the emergence of its successor, the ...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published June 1st 1968 by Doubleday (first published 1965)
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Esteban del Mal
Jul 12, 2011 Esteban del Mal rated it it was amazing
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Time has afforded us some perspective since Californians rejected then Governor Schwarzenegger's special election pet propositions in 2005. Since they said no to surrendering control of the state budget to the whimsy of the executive branch; no to unaccountable gerrymandering; no to silencing the voice of the working class; no to making it even more difficult for our best and brightest to choose teaching as a profession.

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Andrew McBurney
Jun 10, 2013 Andrew McBurney rated it it was amazing
There's a lot to like about this book. To me, it is written the way a popular history ought to be written. It is well-researched, but is very readable, telling the history of the B-17 through stories of the men who built and flew it.

The first time I encountered Flying Fortress was as a child -- it was my Dad's book -- and I was fascinated by the pictures and learned a bit by reading the captions. As an adult, I bought my own copy and started in with the text itself. What I like best about it is
Matt Pearson
Jul 07, 2013 Matt Pearson rated it it was amazing
Sometimes history is best viewed through a single window, and the development and manning of these storied planes during WWII is a testament to that approach. I devoured every detail of this book many times down to the official training diagrams and cutaways of the plane in the appendices. I was mesmerized as a 6th grader and still am today. What I would really love to know is on the cover photo: Is that plane landing toward you or away from you. Tried many times to figure that out...
May 25, 2010 Jeff rated it it was amazing
'Flying Fortress', Edward Jablowski,1965. For those in the know, this book needs no introduction. In preparation for taking a little joy ride in the "Yankee Lady" -a restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Idusted off my cherishedfirst edition. There are few books that I feel are worth reading twice. This is one of them. I found it just as riveting now,as I did when I was sixteen. Jablowski's"Flying Fortress"is a true classic.

Hzar Worth
Jul 14, 2013 Hzar Worth rated it it was amazing
Just thinking of what went into this airplane at the point in history when it was conceived and manufactured, and the crews that flew them is just remarkable. A very important chapter in aviation well documented. I bought this book during the 80's at the now legendary Economy Bookstore in Syracuse, glad to have had it all these years.
Chris Brimmer
May 30, 2009 Chris Brimmer rated it really liked it
Good review of one of the first integrated weapon systems and one that did not work the way it was designed.
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