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|Saving A Grasshopper
By Paul Smith
This book is about the
author finding a WWII liaison plane, researching its military history, and
then restoring it to absolutely original, authentic, and flying condition.
-- [From a reader review.]
Legendary Piper Cubs
By Carroll V. Glines
A history of the world-famous Piper light
planes from their origin as a brainchild of Clarence G. Taylor through the
series of fabric-covered, high-wing, single-engine descendants that
preserved the aircrafts general profile. Company founder William T. Piper,
Sr. believed that light planes for student instruction and airport flying
services could be produced profitably at low cost. He became known as the
Henry Ford of aviation as the company produced more light aircraft than any
other manufacturer in the world. The text includes many uses of the various
models, interesting modifications and experimental spin-offs. It concludes
with accounts of several adventurers who flew their vintage Cubs without
radios, blind flying instruments or navigational aids.
|Lightplanes at War : U.S. Liaison Aircraft in Europe, 1942-1947
By Ken Wakefield
is a very good photo survey of WWII observer planes. This book, and the
autrhor's later work, "The Fighting Grasshoppers," are easily THE standard
references by which all others are judged. Technically, it is excellent and
well-footnoted, with good photos.
|L-Birds: American Combat Liaison Aircraft of World War II
By Terry M. Love
This is the
seldom-told story of the significant liaison aircraft of WWII, including the Stinson L-1
and L-5, the Taylorcraft L-2, the Aeronca L-3, the Piper L-4 and more... all the way up to
the L-12. Includes specifications, unit histories and many photos.
|The Fighting Grasshoppers:
US Liaison Aircraft Operations in Europe, 1942-1945
By Ken Wakefield
In total some 3,000
American liaison aircraft -- mainly Piper L-4 Cubs and Stinson L-5 Sentinels
-- served in Europe, yet no in depth account of their activities has ever
been published. Although unarmed and un-armored, they were used extensively
on operational missions by both the USAAF and Army Ground Forces. With the
USAAF in Europe they carried out low level reconnaissance and front line
courier duties with nine liaison squadrons of the Ninth Air Force. This book
relates in detail the activities of these units for the first time.
|U.S. Liaison Aircraft in Action
(Aircraft #195, Squadron/Signal)
By Al Adcock
Extensive photos and
illustrations of this aircraft type inside and out, showing variations,
models, and configurations.
|Piper Cub Tales
By Frank B. Baker
Join the book's author as he flies adventure filled cross-country flights in
a 1946 Piper Cub. Flying low and slow across seemingly endless prairies,
through narrow mountain valleys, and over high mountain passes in the Rocky,
Cascade and Appalachian Mountains, totaling some 71,695 miles, he and his
passengers experience the extremes of Mother Nature's personality. As a
purist, Frank navigates solely by aeronautical chart, plotter, stopwatch,
airspeed and compass. His "seat of the pants" flying in a vintage
tail-dragger gives the reader a feeling for what aviation was like in an
almost bygone era.
|Cubs on the Loose: Old Airplanes, New Adventures
By NC87881 and Lyle Wheeler
unique and entertaining book about a series of barnstorming trips and aerial adventures,
as told by the airplane itself!
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