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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


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 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-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 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


Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady-WBT Vol. 16
Stock #: KB10022
Author: Dennis R. Jenkins

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

Includes production line photos, technical manual excerpts, carrier landing photos, cockpit photos, plus exploded views and cutaways. Covers U-2, U-2R, TR-1A, TR-1B, etc. more»

Subject: Aviation


Lockheed-Martin F-22 Raptor: An Illustrated History
Stock #: KB10378
Author: Bill Holder & Mike Wallace

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

It's called the Raptor. The F-22 was the U.S. Air Force's premier fighter for the first decades of the 21st century. The F-22 is definitely "top gun" – it is more agile than current U.S. aircraft, has stealth capability, and is flexible in both air-to-air and air-to-ground attack missions. The Raptor started operational service with the U.S. Air Force in the year 2004 and provided a capability far beyond that of any other fighter aircraft. more»

Subject: Aviation


Luftwaffe Aerial Torpedo Aircraft and Operations in World War II
Stock #: KB10049
Author: Harold Thiele

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

This fascinating book offers a rare account into the operations of the Luftwaffe's aerial torpedo units during World War II. Often overlooked, the crews who flew in these units were highly trained and experienced and their missions involved hazardous flying against difficult and well-defended maritime targets. Supplemented by color artwork, target listings, aircraft and torpedo types, units and all ships known to have been sunk or damaged by aerial torpedo attack, this work will bear an indispensable reference for modelers & researchers. more»

Subject: Aviation


Luftwaffe Bombers' Battle of Britain
Stock #: KB10052
Author: Chris Goss

List Price: $32.95
Karen's Price: $29.95

Fascinated by stories of the Battle Britain and how the outnumbered RAF fought and defeated a far superior enemy, the author writes his book from the perspective of the side who's story is usually not told. Twenty years ago Goss started contacting German aircrew who participated in the Battle of Britain. His years of research will show you the battle from a different point of view; the one not always given. You'll understand how it felt to be flying against an enemy who had nothing to lose, and how it felt to be defeated. more»

Subject: Aviation

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