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@Ishthe47guy

 Finished Skunkworks a couple weeks ago and man that was awesome!

 

Right now I'm finishing the last chapter of this one and it is amazing. I laughed (how can you not when you read about the Vice Wing Commander being accidentally ejected from the aircraft), I cried, I got angry, and I was humbled. Highly recommended.

https://www.amazon.com/Bury-Us-Upside-Down-Pilots/dp/0345465385

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I recently re-read "Between Silk and Cyanide" - a great book for anyone interested in WWII, espionage and cryptography. Highly recommended.

 

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I am currently reading "The Weapon Wizards - How Israel Became A High-Tech Military Superpower". Fascinating book that once again shows what human ingenuity, hard work and an high-quality educational system can accomplish for a nation.

 

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10 hours ago, Whiskey said:

@Ishthe47guy

 Finished Skunkworks a couple weeks ago and man that was awesome!

 

Right now I'm finishing the last chapter of this one and it is amazing. I laughed (how can you not when you read about the Vice Wing Commander being accidentally ejected from the aircraft), I cried, I got angry, and I was humbled. Highly recommended.

https://www.amazon.com/Bury-Us-Upside-Down-Pilots/dp/0345465385

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Bury Us Upside Down is one of the best books I have read. I could not put it down. A must read.  I need to read Misty now. 

 

After I read it, all I wanted to do was build a F-100F. 

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Read many books this winter and spring.

1. Dunkirk.. by Sebag Montefiore.... May be the only book on the subject I have read that didn't have a slant. I 

                                                                Recommend it!

2. Blindmans Bluff..by Sherry Sontag & Christopher Drew... This came recommended by a submariner, and he

                                                                                                          Was right!

3. The Royals.. by Kitty Kelly... Basically exposes the Royal Family. 

4. U-Boat Ace.. by Jordan Vause... This also came recommended. Good book!

5. Taking of K129..by Josh Dean... How to steal a submariner! Interesting book that parallels Blindmans Bluff

Gary

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2 hours ago, ChesshireCat said:

 

2. Blindmans Bluff..by Sherry Sontag & Christopher Drew... This came recommended by a submariner, and he

                                                                                                          Was right!

5. Taking of K129..by Josh Dean... How to steal a submariner! Interesting book that parallels Blindmans Bluff

Gary

Both are great books. If you liked "Blind Man's Bluff", you may like "Red November"; which is basically the same stories told from the Soviet side.

 

The effort to raise the K129 was, of course, also told in "Project Azorian"  - there is also a 2011 movie with the same title that I highly recommended. It was available on Netflix for several years, but I just checked and it seems to be gone.

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The Mighty Eighth
Thunderbolts Triumphant
Viper Pilot
The Generals
(a counterpart to The Admirals but I was disappointed that it looked at Marshall, MacArthur and Patton in stead of the first two and Eisenhower. Patton, while charismatic and controversial, wasn't on the same level, rank-wise.)

The Supreme Commander (about Eisenhower because of the failure of the The Generals)

The Illustrated A Brief History Of Time
Wave-off!

Also read a dozen or so magazines I got in trade here that have been gathering dust.

Currently about done with Winning is Not Enough, the autobiography of Jackie Stewart.

 

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21 hours ago, KursadA said:

Both are great books. If you liked "Blind Man's Bluff", you may like "Red November"; which is basically the same stories told from the Soviet side.

 

The effort to raise the K129 was, of course, also told in "Project Azorian"  - there is also a 2011 movie with the same title that I highly recommended. It was available on Netflix for several years, but I just checked and it seems to be gone.

I'll look for Red November!

Glt

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Looking at my reading pile it seems daunting! There is Tommy Franks book American Soldier. Two more John Gierach books. (I'm in the middle of Fly Fishing Small Streams right now). Unbroken by Hillenbrand. Plus at least a dozen more. 

Gary

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Finally finished Termite Hill by Tim Wilson. Historical fiction about the Thuds out of Takhli during Rolling Thunder. Really good read about daily F-105 operations and missions over North Vietnam. Only thing I didn't like about it was that the the book includes a storyline that follows the antagonist's perspective, in this case an NVA officer who tries to shoot the American's down. Not really my cup of tea. Wasn't one of my "can't put it down" books but still enjoyable nontheless.

 

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Finished the Stewart autobiography and am now taking up some old sci-fi books I haven't read in over twenty years.  I remember nothing about them so they're like new books.

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On 5/2/2019 at 3:34 AM, Ishthe47guy said:

Fight Fight, by Kevin Miller.  If you like modern day USN carrier aviation, then read this.  Its a novel where  China starts a shooting conflict with the US & its allies in the South China Sea.

https://www.amazon.com/Kevin-Miller/e/B00N72NNC0/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

In the same vein as Kevin Miller's series, Lions of the Sky by Paco Chierici was also an excellent read.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NSGRXCZ/ref=sspa_dk_detail_3?psc=1

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On 5/12/2019 at 12:50 AM, Whiskey said:

Finally finished Termite Hill by Tim Wilson. Historical fiction about the Thuds out of Takhli during Rolling Thunder. Really good read about daily F-105 operations and missions over North Vietnam.

Did you also read Lucky's Bridge and Tango Uniform? All part of the trilogy by Wilson.

Although supposedly fiction I recognize a few of the guys I flew with in the characters he presents.

All good reads.

Cheers :cheers:

Itch 

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Hi Itch,

 

No I haven't read those yet, Termite Hill being the first in the series, but I do plan on picking them up to finish the trilogy.

 

Right now I've moved onto, and already almost finished, Stealth Fighter: A Year in the Life of an F-117 Pilot by LT. COL. (ret) William O' Connor. Very good book and recommended if you want to read about what it's like to JUST be a pilot in the USAF and the possibility of flying into combat for the first time.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13196599-stealth-fighter

 

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I've just picked this up from my library for my next escape.

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A book i would whole-heartedly recommend to all of you is 'Goodbye Mickey Mouse' by Len Deighton. 

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For fiction I enjoyed Targets of Opportunity by Joe Weber:

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Its about a small and classified group of U.S. pilots flying a captured Mig-17 and using it against the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.

 

For non-fiction I REALLY enjoyed Apache by Ed Macy:

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True story of British Apache drivers in Afghanistan. Two thumbs up!

 

Last one is Ambush Alley by Tim Pritchard (non-fiction):

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I really enjoyed this! Great read, enthralling, good writing...again, two thumbs up! I am actually looking at acquiring a 1/35 EAAK equipped AAVP-7a1 after finishing this book.

 

Enjoy and happy reading all!

Don

 

EDIT: Have I mentioned The Last Punisher by Kevin Lacz already?

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Anyways, I finished it a while ago and loved it! Worth the read.

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Not sure how many motorsport fans there are here, Formula 1 to be specific, but I just finished reading this book...

 

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...and loved it! Great insight into Formula 1, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and many other well known names of the sport from the 70's to mid-90's. Well worth the read if you are an auto racing enthusiast.

 

Now I need to find another Formula 1 book to read as I really enjoyed this one. Anyone have any suggestions?

 

Happy modeling... and reading... all!

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On 10/12/2018 at 6:06 PM, Slartibartfast said:

I've been wanting to read the German pespective of the final year of the war.

 

I'm currently reading Normandy '44 by James Holland. It's been very inclusive of all sides, both from overall viewpoints during the preparations on both sides to battle-specific comparisons. It's well documented and well written. 

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Just started Search and Destroy by Kieth Nolan. Concerns events and places I know too well. We'll see how well he botches things up

Gary

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Purchased this on a whim, I ended up loving it.  Complete history of the design & manufacturing of the P-51.  Hundreds of very high quality pictures.   Must have for anyone passionate about the Mustang, pretty reasonably priced as well. 

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Aside from that, just read Tiamat's Wrath, the latest book in The Expanse series by James SA Corey, which has turned into my favorite SF series.   These books are fantastic.  Also have David McCullough latest book, the Pioneers, in the queue.   

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