Wings of Valor

Honoring America's Fighter Aces
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Binding:Hardback
Published:November 1, 2016
By Nick Del Calzo (Author), Peter Collier (Author)
These fighter pilots were the hunters, those who flew to find and kill the enemy. Almost universally from families of modest circumstances, they won America's air wars for us, the children of subsequent generations. Their courage, determination, and valor will shine always as beacons of freedom. The Aces of World War I were knights of the sky, obeying an unwritten code of noblesse oblige. The romance of flight still clung to the Aces of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, but they had a different and more decisive mission. The Aces of World War I were knights of the sky, obeying an unwritten code of noblesse oblige. The romance of flight still clung to the Aces of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, but they had a different and more decisive mission. Less figures of chivalry now than their predecessors, they were hunters trying to survive in the jungle warfare of the skies, stoic heroes asking no quarter of the enemy and giving none as they scored the five aerial victories that made them a special breed.

Unlike the equally heroic ground forces they protected, the Aces of these wars were on their own, relying on their individual skills, determination and daring to prevail in engagements that were the aerial equivalent of a bare knuckle brawl. The stakes—control of the airspace over which the battles that would determine the course of history—couldn’t have been higher. No wonder the Ace is an iconic figure with such a strong and durable hold on the American imagination!
 

At one time there were over 1,400 fighter aces. Because of the changing technology of war and the shifting nature of war itself, these men of Wings of Valor are considered the last of the traditional aces. Wings of Valor takes a last look at these larger than life fighter pilots, enters the timeless drama of their dogfights one final time, and makes their achievements a living legacy. It describes their battles and the planes they flew. Most of all it tells their stories—who they were and where they came from before the aerial combat that that made them heroes; and the lessons each of them learned from his rendezvous with destiny. This book honors the content of their character via formal photographs of these valiant men, the last of their breed. As Wings of Valor shows, theirs are stories that never grow old and never die.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Aviation
  • Hardback : 264 pages
  • Illustrations: 82 b/w photos
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (November 1, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1591146410
  • ISBN-13: 9781591146414
  • Product Dimensions: 9 X 12 in
  • Shipping Weight: 41.44 oz
Praise
  • “This inspiring, thrilling book is about American aviator heroes, interviewed in their nineties, as they recount their air to air combat flying, against great odds over Europe and the Pacific in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. These young patriots, all in their early twenties, risked their lives to protect our freedoms and lived to tell about it. Beautiful narrative writing and powerfully exquisite photos of the aces. Feel their courage!”—DAVID HARTMAN, aviation/space writer and original host, “Good Morning, America”

  • “These fighter pilots were the hunters, those who flew to find and kill the enemy. Almost universally from families of modest circumstances, they won America's air wars for us, the children of subsequent generations. Their courage, determination, and valor will shine always as beacons of freedom. Give thanks that America produced such men, and continues to do so.”—STEPHEN COONTS, the author of numerous New York Times best-sellers, including the the classic flying tale, Flight of the Intruder

  • “An inherently fascinating and consistently compelling read from beginning to end, Wings of Valor: Honoring America’s Fighter Aces is a unique and unreservedly recommended contribution to the growing library of Military Aviation History. Impressively informed, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Wings of Valor is especially recommended for personal, community, and academic library military aviation history collections and supplemental studies reading lists.” — The Midwest Book Review
  • “Readers who are intrigued by the exploits of the American fighter pilots who engaged in aerial combat in three wars during the twentieth century will greatly enjoy Wings of Valor.” – The Journal of America’s Military Past
  • "This book presents respectful, lively and lighthearted vest-pocket biographies of eighty-two aces from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam." - Air Power History

Nick Del Calzo is an award-winning photojournalist who produces photographic projects that advance human values. He created and photographed our nation’s heroes for the book, Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. He also photographed and produced The Triumphant Spirit: Portraits & Stories of Holocaust Survivors, which features portraits of then-living survivors of the Holocaust. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Peter Collier is the author of several best-selling dynastic biographies, including The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty; The Kennedys: An American Dream; and The Fords: An American Epic. His most recent books are The Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, and Choosing Courage: Inspiring Stories of What It Means To Be a Hero. He lives in Nevada City, California.

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