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In 1941, Glen Edwards discovered to fly in a fabric-covered biplane. Seven years later, he died within the crash of the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing, the Air Force’s such a lot complex jet-propelled airplane and forerunner of the B-2 Stealth bomber of this present day. As a strive against pilot in North Africa and Italy in the course of international battle II, and as a try out pilot in the course of a interval of marvelous innovation, Edwards was once top-of-the-line of a brand new new release of army aviators. The remoted barren region base at Muroc, California, the place Edwards crashed will be named in his honor. throughout his army profession, Glen Edwards saved a regular checklist of what he did and what he suggestion. army historian Daniel Ford situates that diary within the context of worldwide struggle II, the advance of flight trying out as a technological know-how, and the delivery of an self reliant U.S. Air strength. He exhibits how army pilots within the Forties augmented their seat-of-the-pants bravado and precision flying talents with rigorous educational education. Conveying either the exhaustion of strive against and the excitement of flying a few of the world’s quickest, such a lot refined planes, the ebook lines the tragic process Glen Edwards’s occupation: the near-daily bombing missions over Africa and Italy, a record-breaking cross-country flight within the XB-42 Mixmaster, and trial flights within the YB-49 Flying Wing—the first aircraft Edwards ever actively disliked. The cutting edge Northrop bomber, Daniel Ford concludes, simply wasn’t prepared for top time. approximately 70,000 phrases; with photos from the Air strength and the Edwards relatives. "A attention-grabbing story and a tribute to an unassuming guy who easily enjoyed to fly." -- Air&Space/Smithsonian

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He dove down from about 4,000 feet and started strafing. About this time all six of us were extremely displeased with our location and wishing our trench were very much deeper, or else that we were very much smaller. As one sergeant put it, you've never felt a thrill until you've heard a stick of bombs walking toward you. And walk they did, each one getting louder, the closest one landing about thirty yards away and shaking the ground a good bit. Four bombs were dropped, two of 500 pounds and two of 100 pounds.

Glen Edwards was the youngest of eight children, of whom the nearest in age was Harry, who'd driven to Phoenix to see him graduate. Their father stayed home to tend the chickens in Lincoln, California, north of Sacramento. Born Claude Edwards in Michigan, he'd been orphaned as a boy, to be brought up by an aunt and uncle, then by older brothers in Oregon and Montana. He married Mary Briggeman and set * PT-13: the thirteenth primary trainer to go into development. Each Army aircraft was labeled by a letter to show its function; trainers also had a prefix to show whether they were for primary, basic, or advanced training.

Glen Edwards was the youngest of eight children, of whom the nearest in age was Harry, who'd driven to Phoenix to see him graduate. Their father stayed home to tend the chickens in Lincoln, California, north of Sacramento. Born Claude Edwards in Michigan, he'd been orphaned as a boy, to be brought up by an aunt and uncle, then by older brothers in Oregon and Montana. He married Mary Briggeman and set * PT-13: the thirteenth primary trainer to go into development. Each Army aircraft was labeled by a letter to show its function; trainers also had a prefix to show whether they were for primary, basic, or advanced training.

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