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Edwards Air Force Base (Images of Aviation)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2011
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Overall, I loved the details and photos that the author used to record the history of the first half-century of Edwards AFB. The book pretty much ends with the first Space Shuttle tests. I would have liked to see it continue up to current test vehicles. Perhaps a follow-on book will be released in the future. I know that color photographs were taken during the time period that this book covers. Too bad all the photos are black and white. But then, the price of the book would have to be significantly higher.

If you like aviation history, this book should be part of your library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2013
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I'm sure you are familiar with these fine little books with the sepia tone covers. Authors gather together photos from local history sites, public and governmental sources and private collections to put together small history books on places and events that would never otherwise see the light of day in a publication. The military themed books on ships and bases are numerous and very good. The photos are entertaining and interesting to the casual reader as well as the historically curious. And then enter the modeler!
The volume on Edwards Air Force Base and Flight Test Center in California was produced in 2010. It covers the base when it was simply a desert village named for the local Corum family. The military base was named Muroc Army Air Base (Corum spelled backwards!) for WWII utility as a bombing and gunnery range and test site.The book covers how the base became the big complex of today due to its expansive dry lake beds landing areas and remote location, far from unfriendly eyes. There are hundreds of photos of aircraft that have used the facility and became part of the American military legends of mysterious stuff. The Flying Wing, XB-70, X-15, NASA lifting bodies (as seen in the opening crash sequence of the TV SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN each week in the 1970s-filmed at Edwards during a real crash of a test vehicle) and so on. And photos of the pilots, astronauts and scientists whose names have become linked to the legends of supersonic and hypersonic flight. For a modeler, the book is chock full of markings info and history of flight, the only down side being the photos are all reproduced in black and white. But for the price, you get a lot of good imagery and history. These books are all well worth the purchase.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2011
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Another nice photo book from Arcadia, a company specializing in often unpublished pictures from company archives. Very pleased. I only wish the format were a little larger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2013
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This is a great book for anyone looking for photos of Edwards Air Force Base, from before WWII through the late 70's. Of course, there are the expected photos of the research planes from the X-1 through X-15 and beyond. But who'd expect to see a 1930's Martin B-12 bomber being refueled by a Richfield tanker truck? In fact, some of my favorite photos are those inside and outside the hangars with planes under maintenance, showing auxiliary trucks, fire equipment, flatbed's loaded with X-planes, control room photos, etc. These kind of photos, focusing on Edwards AFB as well as the planes themselves, are much harder to find in other books, but fill the pages of this volume. If that's what you are looking for, and are satisfied with black and white photos, then this may be the book for you.
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on December 31, 2013
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Gran daughter heading the Edwards AFB... so I bought it for her for christmas... took a peak myself first and was very interesting history of the base
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on August 10, 2013
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Great concise history of Edwards!! Some interesting facts and history that I didn't know about Edwards is in here too!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2013
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A subject that deserved far more in depth writing and better photos . There was little new subject matter in the book which was a pity as a really in depth study of "Edwards Air Force base" would be a book to deserve a star place on the bookshelf anyone interested in aviation.
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