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B-24 Liberator: Rugged But Right Hardcover

ISBN-13: 063-9785313397 ISBN-10: 0071344489 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Walter J. Boyne Military Aircraft (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (August 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071344489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071344487
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,703,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frederick A. Johnsen is one of the world's foremost authorities on U.S. military aviation history and the author of more than 15 books on the subject. An Air Force historian since 1981, he was formerly a consulting curator for an aerospace museum, and editor of Western Flyer. His books include B-24 Liberator: Rugged but Right, P-47 Thunderbolt, A-26 Invader, F4U Corsair and Douglas A-1 Skyraider. He has contributed to many aviation and general interest periodicals, including Aviation Week and Space Technology , FlyPast, and the Seattle Times. Assigned to the Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, he has been a collector of flight memorabilia since the age of 5 in 1956.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cpt matt VINE VOICE on November 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Although more B-24's were made than B-17s and was a newer design, the B-17 is the most famous American bomber of WW2. Why? The B-24 was faster, had longer range and could carry more bombs. It was an excellent patrol bomber over the Atlantic Ocean and served well in the Pacific war. Over 18,000 were made and used by the US Army Air Force and British.

The B-17 is more famous because it served in Europe sooner then the B-24 and captured the media attention - "the Flying Fortress". It also survived combat better than the high loading wings of the B-24.

This book covers all that and more very well. It gives a good overview of the development,deployment and use of the B-24. Each version is addressed and there are many excellent black and white photos, along with detailed clear diagrams that illustrate the unique features of the B-24. 7 pages of color photos show some of the colors used of the Liberator. It has very good photos of the inside of the bomber, showing each position to effect.

I think this book could be improved with opinions and stories from the crews that flew them. It's a bit short and would have been nice to cover more of the surviving B-24's. These are minor observations, I definately recommend this book to those who want to learn more about a very important part of our Air war against the Axis in WW2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian luhrs on July 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has the words"Rugged But Right" as a part of its title and has almost nothing to do with the actual aircraft. The only allusion I could see was a very small picture of the plane and not even a paragraph about its part in the war. My Uncle was the nose gunner on this plane (Rugged But Right, Tail number- 42-94953) and I wanted the book for research purposes in making a Tribute to him. There is a tremendous amount of WWII history and what part the bombers played in the war theatres, but all over the world. This particular aircraft was in England and the book did nothing for its intended purchase. Mainly, the Title. I believe I know more than the author just from my own digging around in the annals of the European part of the war.
Respectfully submitted, Brian
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