Pearl Harbor Air Raid: The Japanese Attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 7, 1941, Nicholas A. Veronico, 2017, ISBN 978-0811718387, 208 pp. & 300+ photos
This year is the 75th anniversary of the raid on Pearl Harbor. Fittingly Nick Veronico has produced this new book and it promises to be one for history buffs everywhere because he shows the rest of the story. Yes, the attack is well documented but—and this is where this book goes beyond the others—Veronico (using 300+ images) also shows the aftermath and amazing recovery. The recovery is a victory in itself and its story has long been given short shrift until this book. Veronico also thoughtfully included appendices of the Congressional Medal of Honor awardees as well as serial number listing of aircraft destroyed in that raid. Sidebars and details included give context as well as point to ponder.
Veronico’s writing is a welcome blend of information, insight and I-didn’t-know-that. He simply loves this work and this new book promises to show the entire story if the raid from the U.S. Armed Forces perspective. We are eagerly awaiting our copy🙂
Pickled Wings posted about the passing of MiG 29 designer Ivan Mikoyan, nephew of company founder Artyom Mikoyan. Continue to his site for more information as well as his MiG 29 photos.
Long time contributor and aviation expert Charles “Chuck” Stanley forwarded this video link on Vimeo showing a handful of flyovers set to orchestral music hoping the life of Bob Hoover—it is a marvelous minute.
Bob Hoover piloting is legendary and can hardly be addressed here. His life is marked by an escape from a WW II German prison camp to high speed crashes and everything in between. His episodes of aircraft he was piloting not crashing are equally incredible.
I witnessed one of his famed aerobatic routines in a Grumman Aero Commander (or Shrike Commander). The routine was extraordinary when flown with both engines; incredible when flown on a single engine; and outstanding when flown without engines. Yes, seeing the aerobatics occur in near silence (just a bit of whooshing every now and then) then to watch him land and taxi to the start-up point without power was nothing less than outstanding—as magical as a mother’s radar as well as a dog’s ability to follow an invisible trail. Pilots learn of energy management. Bob Hoover mastered it.
W.A.S.P. Women Airforce Service Pilots
Producers Sheila Johnson, Bo Derek and Mark Sennet Announce the Pre-Production of the Historical Feature Film W.A.S.P. (Women Airforce Service Pilots)
— Theatrical Drama Set to Capture the Unprecedented True Story of the U.S. Military’s First Female Flyers of World War II —
Producers Sheila Johnson, Bo Derek, Mark Sennet and David Greenhill proudly announce the start of pre-production for the historical feature film, W.A.S.P., which will for the first time tell the incredible story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.) of World War II. With a screenplay written by award-winning writer B. Garida, and based on the book Santiago Rhythm and Blues by Lt. Col. Andra Higgs, the film follows aviation pioneers Jacqueline Cochran and Nancy Love as they formed the very first group of women pilots who flew for the United States military during WWII.
“History is made when stories of greatness are shared. But for too long, history has been just that: HIS story. These women aviators did incredible things for both our country and the world. I can’t wait to share their amazing experience with a new generation,” stated Sheila Johnson, executive producer, CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts and co-founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET).
W.A.S.P. will celebrate the heroics of these amazing women during World War II and honor their struggles for recognition in the following years, including obtaining veteran status in 1977, the 2009 awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to the group for exemplary service, and the passage of the 2016 law conferring the pilots right to burial with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Thirty-eight of those brave pilots sacrificed their lives in the service of their country between the years 1942 and 1945.
These patriotic women overcame great obstacles and prejudice in pursuit of their dream to fly for their country, commented Bo Derek. “I’m thrilled to be a part of bringing their fascinating stories to life”
As a former Time-Life photojournalist, I love uncovering heroic stories. As a producer, I take great pride in sharing the amazing accomplishments of these women, said Mark Sennet. The story of the Womens Airforce Service Pilots was lost and forgotten for decades, but more than one thousand courageous women flew for the W.A.S.P. logging more than 60 million miles in every single aircraft in the Army Air Corps arsenal during World War II, continued Sennet.
General Hap Arnold is widely regarded as the father of the United States Air Force. I respectfully submit that Jackie Cochran is therefore the ‘mother of the Air Force.’ Her W.A.S.P. unit was the first to wear the Air Force blue uniform. The distinctive achievements Jackie and her 1,078 W.A.S.P. logged on behalf of our nation is nothing short of exceptionally extraordinary, said Lt. Col. Andra Higgs of the United States Air Force.
Dr. William Hasselberger, Craig Sheftell, and Aleco Bravo Greenberg round out the team who will produce the film.
Many thanks to Ms Nikki Pesusich of Coterie Media for this news notice :)
Lambert’s Role in American Aviation History Comes to Life in New Exhibition
Photo Exhibit Showcases Decades of Lambert History Based on New Missouri History Museum Press Book
The founding roots of America’s modern day aviation industry can be traced through St. Louis and Lambert–St. Louis International Airport. That amazing history is documented in a new book published by the Missouri History Museum Press, The Aerial Crossroads of America: St. Louis’s Lambert Airport, by author Daniel L. Rust. With the release of that book this week, Lambert and the Missouri History Museum have opened a companion exhibition by the same name in The Lambert Gallery in the Bag Claim of Terminal 1.
Everything that has taken place on the airport’s footprint—from Lindbergh to American Airlines, jet airliners to space travel—constitutes a microcosm of the triumphs and tragedies of winged flight in America. The Aerial Crossroads of America chronicles the transformation of the patch of farmland leased by Albert Bond Lambert in 1920 into the sprawling international airport it is today. The book and the exhibition tell the story of Lambert but also the history of what it means to take flight in America.
The Aerial Crossroads of America features 53 large-scale reproduction photographs featured and referenced in the new book. The photos span nearly 100 years and were curated from the archives of the Missouri History Museum, Lambert Airport, The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and the personal collections of Alan Hoffman and author Daniel Rust.
The book was a project inspired and supported by the Missouri Aviation Historical Society. Many of its members assisted Daniel Rust with research on the project that culminated in the publication by the Missouri History Museum Press. The Missouri History Museum curated the exhibition.
“The exhibition is a visual timeline of great moments and milestones of Lambert that reminds all of us about the great heritage this airport has in American aviation history,” said Rust.
The exhibition follows the book’s timeline, first highlighting Albert Bond Lambert’s pioneering efforts to promote air travel in the Midwest. The exhibition also covers the 1923 Air Races, Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis, the U.S. Air Mail Service, the birth of American Airlines, military aviation, the rise of the aircraft manufacturing industry, the development of air traffic control, regulation and deregulation, and the transformation of Lambert after the demise of TWA and 9/11.
Daniel Rust is an assistant professor of transportation and logistics at the University of Wisconsin–Superior. Previously he served as assistant director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He earned his doctorate from the University of Idaho and is the author of Flying Across America: The Airline Passenger Experience.
The Aerial Crossroads of America will run through November 2017 in the Lambert Gallery, near the Concourse C exit in Terminal 1 Bag Claim. The exhibition is sponsored by the Lambert Art & Culture Program, which celebrates the artistic, creative, cultural and historical resources of the St. Louis region through art and exhibitions at the airport.
The Aerial Crossroads of America book is on sale at Lambert’s Hudson news and gift stores, the Missouri History Museum Shop or online where books are sold. The book is distributed by University of Chicago Press.
Many thanks to Mr. Jeff Lea of Lambert–St. Louis International Airport for writing this welcome news as well as these fine images🙂