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Riassunto: The barnstormers who introduced the airplane to the nation were the free-spirited stars of a distinctive age that tolerated — even applauded — daring men with a love for flying, a disdain for regulations and an indifference to danger. These early pilots live on in legend and, as here, in history. Jim Christman, known as Flyin' Fool Jim, was a barnstormer who went from pasture to pasture in the 1920s to perform aerial stunts and hop passengers. By 1930, he was Upside-Down Jim, airport manager and airshow star. As both witness to history and a professional historian, his son Al Christman, who grew up in the 1920s and '30s, shares the struggles of early pilots in the Great Depression, the challenges faced by their families and the government push to tame their daring excesses.
About the Author: For most of his professional career, Al Christman was a writer and historian for the U.S. Navy. He retired as historian of Navy Laboratories. His books include "Sailors, Scientists and Rockets," "Grand Experiment at Inyokern," "Naval Innovators: 1776 to 1900" and "Target Hiroshima: Deak Parsons and the Creation of the Atomic Bomb." As a combat engineer in the 99th Infantry Division, Christman saw action in World War II in the Battle of the Bulge, Remagen Bridge and the Ruhr Pocket. He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and retired as major. He graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism and English and from California State Dominguez Hills in the humanities.
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Descrizione libro Creosote Press, 2012. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. 378 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.95 inches. This item is printed on demand. Codice libro della libreria zk0615617476
Descrizione libro Creosote Press, 2012. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 615617476
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