Pacific Air: How Fearless Flyboys, Peerless Aircraft, and Fast Flattops Conquered the Skies in the War with Japan
David Sears. Philadelphia: Da Capo Press, 2011. 372 pp. Illus. Notes. Bibliog. $27.50
Reviewed by Douglas V. Smith
Pacific Air tells of the struggle in the skies over the Pacific between the pilots and aircraft of the Japanese and Americans during World War II. David Sears has provided a most useful, readable, and far-reaching account of how Grumman Aircraft and other manufacturers conceived of and produced the aircraft for the war, the tactical development by and air exploits of the men who flew them, and the essence of the combat they engaged in in their deadly duel with a capable and competent Japanese adversary.