PUSHING THE ENVELOPE

The Career of Fighter Ace and Test Pilot Marion Carl
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Binding:Paperback
Published:March 15, 2014
by Maj. Gen. Marion Carl (Author), Barrett Tillman (Author)

First published in 1994, this stirring autobiography of a fighter and test pilot takes readers full throttle through Carl's imposing list of "firsts." Beginning with his World War II career, he gained such commendations as first Marine Corps ace, among the first Marines ever to fly a helicopter, and first Marine to land aboard an aircraft carrier. His combat duty included the momentous battles at Midway and Guadalcanal. Not one to rest on his laurels, however, he participated in photoreconnaissance operations over Red China in 1955 and flew missions in Vietnam. In peacetime he gamed fame for "pushing the envelope" as a test pilot, adding the world's altitude and peace records to his wartime feats and becoming the first U.S. military aviator to wear a full pressure suit. Such achievements also led to Carl's being the first living Marine admitted to the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor, as well as the first Marine to be named to the Navy Carrier Aviation Test Pilots Hall of Honor. This very readable memoir is as forthright and compelling as the man it chronicles.

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  • Paperback : 152 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (March 15, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1591148669
  • ISBN-13: 9781591148661
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 8 oz

The late Maj. Gen. Marion E. Carl retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1973 with eighteen aerial combat victories and 14,000 flight hours.

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Barrett Tillman is a widely recognized authority on air warfare in World War II and the author of more than forty nonfiction and fiction books on military topics. He has received six awards for history and literature, including the Admiral Arthur Radford Award. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

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