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Douglas Jumbo's The Globemaster 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The parts dealing with the C-74 and C-124 (which are presumably why the majority of purchasers would want this book) leave far, far too much of the story of this interesting transport untold. There is a good book to be written on the Globemaster story but this is not it.
A further annoyance is that the book is absolutely littered with spelling mistakes.
Buy this only if you're a real die-hard Globemaster enthusiast.
What I like about the book are personal accounts of crewing a C-124. Some of the author's experiences are intersperced with sections straight out of technical orders or the Pilot Operating Handbook...giving the book an rather odd flow and mix of writing styles.
More photos would have been welcome, and some of the ones used are snapshots taken by the author, so the quality isn't always the best. Still, there are other sources for C-124 photos, hopefully a serious C-124 rersearcher wil have access to those sources.
Tambini attemps to give a summary of serious mishaps but for some reason he only begins his list in 1956, several years after the type entered service and after two deadly crashes each of which were the world's worst aircraft crshes up to that time. A summary of accidents without including those well-publicized mishaps is very odd.
Overall, a good book, a welcome addition to the literature on the C-124 series. The personal stories are interesting but the book is somewhat of a letdown terms of a technical history of the type.
Being a former Flight Engineer on "Old Shakey" in the 60's and then moving on to the C-141 and the C-5. This book has the center point on my book shelf so I can show that this aircraft was a true "Heavy Airlifter" with no comforts, that jet age brought.
Think about going on an air drop in South Carolina at tree top level in July or August.
100+ degrees, no A/C and the seat belt and shoulder harness as tight as you can get it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This author does a good job describing "Old Shakey". I think that it would be particularly intersting to former crew members, especially those who flew both the C-74 and the... Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by H. Scott Parker
I love this book! But let me quickly add that I was a line mechanic assigned to the 904 CAMS during the general era that Sgt. Read morePublished on September 29, 2006 by Bruce Conklin
I was hoping for more about the C-74. Most of the book is dedicated to the C-124. There were only a handful of pictures of the C-74. Read morePublished on January 21, 2002 by James M. Kelly