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Laird Airplanes
Stock #: KB10046
Author: Ed Phillips

List Price: $26.95
Karen's Price: $24.95

E.M. “Matty” Laird was an American success story – born to a working class Chicago family, he turned his innate mechanical abilities and fascination with flight into a career that put him at the top of aviation’s pioneers. In this profusely illustrated book, Ed Phillips covers Laird’s career, the E.M. Laird Aircraft Co., and the record-setting planes that he built. It’s a fascinating look at the early days of commercial aviation and air racing in the United States. more»

Subject: Aviation


Last of the Flying Clippers
Stock #: KB10142
Author: M.D. Klaás

List Price: $59.95
Karen's Price: $54.95

Finally, over 50 years after her last flight with Pan American Airways, the complete story of the famed, Boeing-built, B-314 flying Clipper ship has been written. It covers the multiple reasons for the plane's conception, stages of construction, testing, delivery flights, christenings, inaugural operations, established records, World War II special missions' histories, post-war services and the individual demise accounts surrounding each of the twelve models built specifically for Pan Am. more»

Subject: Aviation


Latin American Air Wars and Aircraft 1912-1969
Stock #: KB10097
Author: Dan Hagedorn

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The aircraft were colorful and their crew were often courageous -- but virtually unknown beyond the South American continent. Following more than 15 years of research, the author traces the use of aircraft in Latin America from the frail Wright Model Bs through the ensuing border skirmishes, revolutions and full-scale warfare to the final aerial engagements between piston-engined fighters.

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Subject: Aviation


Leatherneck Bombers: Marine Corps B-25/PBJ Mitchell Squadrons in World War II
Stock #: KB10240
Author: Alan C. Carey

List Price: $24.95
Karen's Price: $22.95

A forceful study of an elite group of men chosen to form the U. S. Marines' only medium bomber group during WWII. Verterans recall their service flying combat missions against enemy garrisons on Bougainville and New Ireland, and later in the dramatic rocket and ground-strafing attacks in the Philippines. Detailed list of individual squadron aircraft and personnel losses, and all known PBJs assigned to units overseas. more»

Subject: Aviation


Liberators over Norwich: The 458th Bomb Group (H), 8th USAAF at Horsham St. Faith ~ 1944-1945
Stock #: KB10225
Author: Ron Mackay, Mike Bailey & Darin Scorza

List Price: $69.99
Karen's Price: $63.99

The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force early in 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns – ‘Big Week', ‘Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry – waged by the USAAF up to VE-Day. The 458th flew a total of 240 missions, during which over 13,000 tons of ordnance was dropped, and was achieved at the cost of sixty-five crews MIA or involved in operational accidents. This is their complete history. more»

Subject: Aviation


Loach!: The Story of the H-6/Model 500 Helicopter
Stock #: KB10347
Author: Wayne Mutza

List Price: $29.95
Karen's Price: $27.95

Don't be fooled by the small size of the H-6/Model 500 helicopter. Wayne Mutza presents the small, dynamic helicopter's story in this well-written, superbly detailed, and lavishly illustrated volume. Much of the OH-6A's combat record in Vietnam is told in firsthand accounts. Mutza offers fascinating insight to the helicopter's controversial beginning, its development, and its service with the Army National Guard, the Army's flight demonstration team, worldwide operators, and law enforcement agencies. In addition, the reader is treated to an entire chapter devoted to the Little Birds of Special Operations. Also included are appendices with factual data, and more than sixty emblems. It's all here in this highly readable volume. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed AH-56A Cheyenne-WBT Vol. 27
Stock #: KB10024
Author: Tony Landis

List Price: $18.95
Karen's Price: $17.95

Covering one of the most radical and highly developed helicopters ever, this work details the evolution and eventual failures of the aircraft. Includes accounts of structural breakup in wind tunnel testing, factory tech photos, and cutaway views, propulsion and weapons systems details, rigid rotor explanation, etc. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed Blackbird Family: A-12, YF-12, D-21/M-21 & SR-71 Photo Scrapbook
Stock #: KB10047
Author: Tony Landis

List Price: $19.95
Karen's Price: $18.95

Still the world's most popular and most exciting aircraft, the Lockheed family of A-12, YF-12, D-21/M-21, and SR-71 Blackbirds are to this day the highest-performance jet-powered airplanes ever flown. Expanding on the successful sales of all Specialty Press Blackbird publications is this natural extension of this product line created by compiling many never-before-published photos coupled with new de-classified information recently released by the CIA, including black-and-white and color photos of A-12 cockpits, early camera installations, and never-before-seen special camouflage schemes. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed C-121 Constellation
Stock #: KB10750
Author: Steve Ginter

List Price: $21.95
Karen's Price: $19.95

In 1943 the Lockheed Model 49 Constellation was the fastest and most modern airliner in the world. They were purchased by the USAAC as C-69s and in 1948 the larger more capable Model 749 was purchased as the C-121A. This early Naval Fighters Series volume first published in 1983 covers the USAAC/USAF C-121A, the Navy PO-1W/WV-1 AEW version of the Model 749 from 1949, the stretched Model 1049 Navy transport R7O-1/R7V-1 from 1952, the Air Force Model 1049 versions C-121C/EC-121S/C-121G/AC-121/EC-121R, Navy WV-2/EC-121K AEW and Air Force EC-121C/EC-121D AEW platforms, and the experimental WV-2E/EC-121L AEW aircraft and the turbo-prop R7V-2/YC-121F transport. Book includes brief Navy squadron histories, detail drawings, and essays on flying the Connie, Vietnam, College Eye/Big Eye, 552nd AEW, Bat Cat and AEWBARRONPAC. Soft cover. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Its Variants
Stock #: KB10384
Author: Chris Reed

List Price: $29.95
Karen's Price: $26.95

Lockheed C-130 Hercules and its Variants chronicles the development and career of the world's predominant military airlifter, from its origins in the depths of the Cold War through the present day. Over 170 photographs, many never before published, show the "Herk" in a variety of roles and paint schemes; coverage includes gunships, electronic warfare and reconniassance models, testbed and special use aircraft, and Navy/Models. Close-up detail photos of several variants will be of interest to scale modellers. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
Stock #: KB10386
Author: Chris Reed

List Price: $19.95
Karen's Price: $18.95

Still the largest U.S. military aircraft more than three decades after its first flight, the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy remains an integral part of Air Mobility Command into the 21st century. Lockheed C-5 Galaxy chronicles the development and service career of this behemoth of the airways, starting with the early 1960s requirement for a larger airlifter to supplement the C-141A, through Galaxy's troubled early history to the type's service during the Nickel Grass, Desert Shield, and other airlift operations. Several Galaxy counterparts, such as the Antonov An-124, are also depicted. Over 140 photographs, nearly all in color and many never before published, show the C-5 and other airlifters in a variety of paint schemes, while detail shots will be of use to the scale modeler. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk: An Illustrated History of the Stealth Fighter
Stock #: KB10377
Author: Bill Holder & Mike Wallace

List Price: $19.95
Karen's Price: $18.95

The F-117 was probably the most secret aircraft ever developed. The Stealth technology upon which the plane was based made it unique in its appearance. This new book covers the technical and operational aspects of the Nighthawk from its initial use over Panama through its shining moment during Operational Desert Storm. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed F-117 Nighthawks: A Stealth Fighter Roll Call
Stock #: 19222
Author: Don Logan

List Price: $49.99
Karen's Price: $42.95

A history of the F-117 Night Hawk Stealth Fighter containing over 400 color photos. It is a Roll Call of the F-117 with individual history & photos of each F-117, including the operational units, pilot training and operational sites. Hard Cover. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed F-94 Starfire: A Photo Chronicle
Stock #: KB10356
Author: Marty J. Isham & David R. McLaren

List Price: $19.95
Karen's Price: $18.95

The first U.S. night/all-weather fighter aircraft is chronicled, as is its use by Air Defense Command, Continental Air Command, Alaska and others. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed L-188 Electra-ALT Vol. 5
Stock #: KB10020
Author: Jim Upton

List Price: $18.95
Karen's Price: $17.95

Includes information on the birth of the Electra, the original 14 airlines that used the Electra and how, at the time of development, it was Lockheed’s most tested airliner. It takes a look at the aircraft’s trouble with whirl mode and resulting separation of engines in flight with catastrophic results. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed Martin: C-5 Galaxy
Stock #: 80019
Author: Bill Norton

List Price: $16.95
Karen's Price: $15.95

Detailed story of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. Covers structural & subsystem problems in the early years, history & current modernization program. Rare photos & hundreds of illustrations. Soft Cover. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed P-2V Neptune: An Illustrated History
Stock #: KB10338
Author: Wayne Mutza

List Price: $49.95
Karen's Price: $45.95

This informative and long overdue account provides an extraordinary amount of insight into the Neptune's lengthy history, beginning with its inception during World War II to the present day survivors. Lockheed's Neptune was the first aircraft designed exclusively as an anti-submarine patrol bomber and was progressively developed throughout its operational career. Presented here for the first time are the many fascinating details describing Neptune service with non-U.S. air arms, and obscure operations to include gunships, U.S. Army variants, and CIA operations. Complete with serial and bureau numbers lists that correspond to its many assignments, plus many rare photographs, this comprehensive history does justice to the legendary Neptune. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star: A Photo Chronicle
Stock #: KB10352
Author: David R. McLaren

List Price: $24.95
Karen's Price: $22.95

The Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star was the first American operational jet fighter. David McLaren's new book chronicles the development and early trials of the aircraft during Lockheed's groundbreaking attempts to create a viable jet fighter, in a period when jet propulsion was still an innovative unknown. Also discussed are the record breaking transcontinental and absoulte speed records set by the Shooting Star. Detailed analysis of the Shooting Star's combat record in Korea shows why the F-80 flew more combat missions than any aircraft in the war theater. Also presented is a summation of all USAF, USAFR, and foreign countries that flew the P-80/F-80. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Stock #: KB10408
Author: Bill Holder

List Price: $19.95
Karen's Price: $18.95

The goal of the Blackbird program from the beginning was to develop a Mach 3 vehicle that could accomplish high-altitude reconnaissance missions. The cold, black, futuristic vehicle accomplished the goal on all counts, and along the way, there was also a diversion to make an offensive weapon out of the sleek vehicle. The complete story is told here, along with a selection of rare photos. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed T-33: A Photo Chronicle
Stock #: KB10391
Author: David R. McLaren

List Price: $24.95
Karen's Price: $22.95

The T-33 jet trainer was derived from the Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star, the USAF's first operational jet fighter, in 1948. In the fifty years since its introduction the T-33 has trained more jet pilots than any other training type. In addition to this role, it has served, and continues to serve, as an attack fighter – the AT-33 – and as a reconnaissance aircraft – the RT-33 – in several foreign air forces. It was also a testbed in many development programs including tests on ejection seats and missile guidance systems, and continues yet today in various military and civilian roles. more»

Subject: Aviation

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