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U.S. Army Aircraft 1908–1946

12 October 2013

U.S. Army Aircraft 1908–1946

U.S. Army Aircraft 1908–1946, James C. Fahey, 1946, no ISBN, 64 pp.

U.S. Army Aircraft 1908–1946 by James C. Fahey

U.S. Army Aircraft 1908–1946 by James C. Fahey

Friends of mine purchased this book from a used book store and what a book. Written in 1946, shortly before the U.S. Air Force became a service branch of the armed forces, by James C. Fahey the title promises to catalog aircraft flown by the U.S. Army Air Service (until 1926) and U.S. Army Air Corps (1942) and U.S. Army Air Forces (1947) and this promise is fulfilled — and then some!

Beginning with aircraft flown in the service over a century ago there is page after page of aircraft images, most often 14 to a page, with each image of a specific type. All manner of aircraft are represented including trainers, gliders, heavy bombers, fighters, reconnaissance, light attack, etc.

Pages of statistics regarding engine types, manufacturing codes, crew number, years made and so much more are also copious in this book. Whether perusing of studying, the reader will be rewarded with insightful information as well as recalling not-so-famous designs. These designs are important to recall as they were a competitive part of the aeronautical industry at some point — they may have had a good idea which was overtaken by events or simply lacked the manufacturing capacity needed by the U.S. Army — but it is important to recall them nonetheless so that their mistakes are not repeated.

The famous aircraft can also be studied in this catalog and in comparison to the statistics table much like a logistical expert might. The numbers in these tables help the reader to plumb the capacity, the industrial might, of the United States during the first half of the 20th Century through the lens of the the aviation industry. Think what a companion catalog regarding the U.S. Navy would add!

Page 17 of U.S. Army Aircraft 1908–1946 by James C. Fahey

Page 17 of U.S. Army Aircraft 1908–1946 by James C. Fahey

The image of Page 17, above, shows the format chosen by Fahey to catalog the variety of aircraft types flown by the U.S. Army and there are 35 more pages such as this one! The image of Page 22, below, shows how Fahey has tabulated the statistics with 21 more pages like it.

PPage 22 of U.S. Army Aircraft 1908–1946 by James C. Fahey

Page 22 of U.S. Army Aircraft 1908–1946 by James C. Fahey

As a catalog this book is superb. It is also a handy references as well as a guidebook into a significant period of U.S. aviation history — so it is well worth looking up in a library or looking for in a used bookstore, as this book is pure treasure.


This book was given to me by Jack Long who is also an author, among many other professions. He has an excellent background in leadership as well as the study of it and published a book on his study on the subject. It is not a how-to book — it is a book which takes the long view, the philosophy, and is useful for industry leaders as well as lower level managers. The citation for the book is:

Three Wellsprings of Leadership: leadership that transcends lists of character traits, John Joseph Long, 2013, ISBN 978-0-9887893-0-2, 117 pp.

Long has chosen an ontological approach — as opposed to recipe listings it is the knowledge and intuition of a master chef which has been explored. Long has excellent credentials for this analysis having played in “the majors” such as international trade, arguing State Supreme Court Cases, on the board of a $1.6 billion holding company and running not one but two state environmental agencies (among other accomplishments). He now is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College where he also continues pursuing his interests in what makes for the better leader.

His thoughts in Three Wellsprings of Leadership can work for a general as well as a captain, and just as well for a movie maker or the top business executive. These 117 pages are saturated with carefully selected and elegantly crafted language which summarize Long’s years of expert thought and study of his subject.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 21 October 2013 10:31

    Wow, this book surely seems like an interesting read, and your review is very thorough!

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