When the Airlines Went to War

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Kensington Books, 1997 - History - 310 pages
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From Robert J. Serling, one of America's most honored aviation authors, comes a dramatic chronicle of the glory days of the propellor plane, when the young, ambitious domestic airlines - led by shrewd, independent-minded businessmen - met up with military olive drab. It is the story of airline pioneers and pilots, mechanics and engineers, who all became key players in momentous military engagements from the European Theater to the Pacific. When the Airlines Went to War takes you inside the hulls of the transport planes, through harrowing, secret missions from Newfoundland to India and Guadalcanal, and into the top-level meetings between the airline owners and Roosevelt's White House that led to the development of the ATC (Air Transport Command) and the NATS (Naval Air Transport Service). A story of courageous pilots and remarkable flying feats, this is also a history of legendary aircraft, including the C-47 "Gooney Bird", famous for its ability to fly when badly damaged, and Pan Am's doubled-decked B-314 "flying boat", a gigantic seaplane that was the forebear of the modern 747.

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Contents

Prologue
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Well take at least halfbut first paint em olive drab
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Of Planes and Professors
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