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Douglas Jumbo's The Globemaster 1st Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0828320443
ISBN-10: 0828320446
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About the Author

An engineer by education and trade, Anthony Tambini lives in the Washington, DC area.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Branden Books; 1st edition (April 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0828320446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0828320443
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allowing for the fact that the section on the C-17 will be, of necessity, short this is still a very brief look at the three airframes that have borne the Globemaster name.
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.
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This book covers three different aircraft, the rare early piston powered C74 Globemaster I, the C124 Globemaster II - this is the best known of them and the best treated. A final section covers the jet C17 transport in current service with the USAF, which revived the Globemaster name. In my view the inclusion of the latter is not a good idea and it would have been better to concentrate on the two earlier models. Of course some readers will like the C17 too. If a second edition is published the author may like to note that the rare Globemaster I is also featured in a movie. The film "The Italian Job", set in Turin, used one as a supposed Chinese aircraft from which bullion is unloaded. This bullion is the subject of the theft which is the theme of the film. Obviously written by a man who likes the engineering aspects of - Old Shakey -the big C124's .
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By A Customer on February 6, 2004
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The book was apparently written by a flight engineer assigned to the Hamilton AFB 336 MAS in the aircraft's later years. While fairly detailed regarding the aircraft's mechanical systems, it is either in error or otherwise devoid of the bird's flying characteristics, navigation and communication systems. The typical mission from Travis to Vietnam was not typical of anywhere else in the world. As a former navigator, the book was simply wrong regarding flying over Africa, S. America, Antarctica, the northern latitudes, the Atlantic, and most other places in the world. There are many interesting and factual stories to be told, and a lot of former crew members who would be willing to share them.
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I'm the son of a former C-124 pilot and have always been interested inthe plane. Despite providing a quarter-century of service with the USAF, it seems to have been forgotten my many historians. This book fills some of that void.

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.
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I really enjoyed the book and Mr. Tambini did an excellent job of researching the material. As a former crewmember (flight Engineer) of the C-124s in the 374th Troop Carrier wing during 1952 to 1954 I didn't find any errors in describing the aircraft. I would like to talk to the author about some additional information I can supply about indiviual aircraft by serial number. If Mr. Tambini reads this review I would like to have him E-Mail me. If any other members of the 374th wing especially the 22 Troop Carrier Sqd read this review E-Mail me.
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I bought this book from amazon several years ago.
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.
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