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  • Profusely illustrated
  • Practical and common sense advice
  • Deals with all possible weather conditions
  • Deals with specific problems
  • Essential information
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Written for use in formal United States Air Force survival training courses, the U.S. Air Force Survival Handbook iis the bible for pilots who want to stay alive-no matter what. Assuming, as the Air Force does, that flight personnel may be faced at any time with a bailout or crash landing in hostile territory without supplies, the advice here is superlatively practical, but also surprisingly readable and interesting. Detailing specific survival threats at sea, in the tropics, in the desert, in Arctic conditions, and the psychological perils of imprisonment and torture, this handbook is replete with fascinating and useful (if unsettling) information. Precisely written, profusely illustrated, and completely authoritative, this is an essential book for anyone-soldier or civilian-looking for knowledge that could prove to be the difference between life and death in a dangerous situation.United States Air Force runs a Survival School located at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane,Washington. They know their stuff!.Author - United States Air Force.Binding - Paper.Pages - 579.Publisher - Skyhorse Publishing.Year - 2008.ISBN - 9781602392458..

Product Details

Color: Paperback
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.4 x 11 inches ; 3.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: Canada
  • ASIN: 1602392455
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The instructions are easy to follow.
B. Schmidt
A very thorough book with extensive amounts of very useful information.
David R.
If I ever need it, it will come in handy.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By M. Sobel on February 11, 2010
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This book is packed with useful information. It makes a great study guide or even just as an informational book. It includes illustrations and surprisingly detailed instructions for just about everything in the wild. It has everything from lashing and knots to wild plants and maps. The back of the book says it includes "First aid for illness and injury, finding your way without a map, building a fire, finding food and water, using ropes and tying knots, mountain survival, concealment techniques, signaling for help, survival at sea, building shelters, animal tracking, predicting the weather and much more"... and I've looked through the book, there really IS much more.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Melvin M. Williams Jr. on September 13, 2008
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Exactly what I wanted. A Marine told me the Air Force survival manual was the best bar none. I am totally satisfied with his suggestion and the transaction on Amazon. If you want to know what bugs and roots, etc., you can eat to survive, plus much, much more useful information, get this book.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2011
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You learn some skills covered in this survival guide in military service no matter your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). A former soldier in the combat arms, I learned a portion of this material. However, the U.S. Air Force Survival Handbook is more comprehensive and covers the basic mechanics of survival best because it was prepared for pilots that might be downed in hostile territory.

On the most fundamental level, survival is about keeping the body from going into shock and using the mind to do what is necessary to survive the "actualities" (fatigue, hunger, exposure to weather as well as to insects and parasites, and so on). It is about using every means at one's disposal to recover from the situation.

This book is applicable to disaster planning because it is our primary literary source for dealing with immediate and extreme stress. Preparation is not only providing for water, food, physical protection, medicine, barter items, tools and materials. If disaster comes suddenly, there will be terrific mental stress compounded by actualities. The challenge of keeping mind and body going would keep us quite busy. This, among other things, is addressed in the Handbook.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Westonian on February 17, 2012
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I don't know about anyone else but I just received my copy of the book and am sorely disappointed. Why? Because it looks like this book was copied down at the college copy shop and then bound together. Several of the pages have horizontal lines that stretch down the length of the page, make the writing hard to read, and make me feel like I just paid 15 dollars for some conman 'publishing' company to photocopy the original manual. I hope this is an aberration and didn't happen to anyone else. Cause if it did and all see reviewers overlooked it, I would be flabbergasted. It doesn't matter how good the content is if you can't read it!

For an example of what I'm talking about, please look at pages 24, 26, 35, and 37. Lines stretch across the page and bleed into the words. BN publishing should be ashamed.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By B. Schmidt on November 1, 2009
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I was a Survival Instructor in the Air Force a long time ago and needed to verify some info for a survival course that I am putting together for the Department of Conservation. I have found this update of the Survival Manual that I used when I was instructing to be easier to use than its predecessor. The instructions are easy to follow.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By cronedawg on June 15, 2011
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I was a soldier in the U.S. ARMY from 1992-2001. As a soldier in the ARMY, I was/am fond of all things Army. The competetive nature of serving in the military told me the Army has the best FMs(Field Manuals) because why wouldn't they? After all it's the Army! The fact of the matter is all branches of the US Armed Forces, publish many great manuals on survival, However the U.S. AIRFORCE AFR64-4 Survival Handbook, is hands down the most complete. This book is filled with information on survival all people should know. The book contains many great, and practical passages. The one thing this book contains, which is a must read for people who spend a lot of time in the outdoors, is the mindsets you go through, of not knowing what could happen if a situation arises. The psychology of survival is just as important as the know how.

For the little money you spend for this handbook, you'll realize it's a steal. You may never have to worry about crash landing in a foreign country, or navigating through a jungle. Heaven forbid anyone should. It's the "what if" question that lingers for many people, that should compell you to take a look, and read for yourself. No knowledge, is useless knowledge.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By carolinaautoguy on January 5, 2012
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For a survival pack the dimensions are 8 1/2 in by 11 by 1 in.
1-21 pages Index
22-575 pages Content

This book is the best I have come across and the only one I felt could be a stand alone true survival book. Granted I may never be in a desert, ocean, or arctic situation being tracked by enemies or surviving a radioactive blast... but it is good to have the info just in case.
Think of it of a Boyscout manual on super steroids times 10. The processes are simplified and illustrated to help identify and understand the language involved with the tasks. In addition the knowledge shared takes into consideration you might not be prepared with any supplies. This book shows you how to create Ropes, Compass, tools, and Back packs and other necessary survival equipment. It seems as though if there is any degree of difficulty or confusion a diagram is included. This is very important I feel when identifying or preparing food and water sources, building shelters, navigating, and medical care... all things truly necessary for survival. The evasion and techniques are great if Anarchy does ever break out... however I do not feel evasion during zombie takeover is that complicated since they are pretty dumb from what I have seen in movies.

This book teaches all the forms of survival worldwide
Hundreds of Diagrams (Edible/Inedible/medicinal/Toxic Plants, how to skin/butcher animals, build shelter, fire making, oven building, tool making, etc.)
Charts, Figures and conversion tables.
Shelter: Building and concealing, fire building
Food: including edible/inedible plants, snaring/trapping/scavenging/hunting and butchering food
Evasion: getting away or concealing from hostiles
Clothing: From make shift sunglasses to shoes.
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