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Cleveland's National Air Races (OH) (Images of America) Paperback – March 20, 2006
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In fact Matowitz's new book has national appeal as it delves into the fascinating minute of the famous Cleveland National Air Races of the 30's and 40's. This author/pilot has scared up important photographic documentation of this aviation pinnacle and has written some of the most well-researched and humane copy and cut lines I seen in quite a spell. Matowitz is a name Ohioians, and others, will hear again. A must for aviation fans of all stripes.
One of the big time air races was held at what was then the world's largest airport, the Cleveland Municipal Airport. From 1929 to 1949 the world's fastest planes came to Cleveland every Labor day.
In order to make their planes ever faster all kinds of improvements were made in their design. Here retractable landing gear was proven to make planes faster. The photographs show the development start with the first bi-plane racers. Here new planes were flown in to be shown to the world: the brand new DC-2; the radial engined Curtis P-36, soon to be re-engined with an Allison V-12 and become the P-40; the brand new Douglas B-18, scheduled to become the main bomber of the Air Corp; and its replacement the Y1B-17; Seversky P-35s, which with a company name change and a few modifications became the Republic P-47; Grumman F3F-2 fighters, the last biplane flown by the Navy and Marines. And later on, Corsairs and P-51s; and the shape of things to come, the P-80.
This is a remarkable collection of photographs, some of which are said to have never been published before. It's an awesome collection of a couple of hundred pictures.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The photo of an exhausted Jimmy Doolittle after finishing (and winning) a race was excellent. A great time in our history.Published on August 24, 2013 by C. R. Gerould
I had no idea of the bravery and white-knuckled character required to play during the "wild days" of full-out air racing. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by bf
I was lucky enough to find a copy of this book...what a treasure! Having been born and raised in Cleveland, I thought that I knew the area well. Read morePublished on August 12, 2009 by Rascal the Cat
Great photographs documenting the importance of the Cleveland National Air Races in aviation history. This book belongs in the library of every aviation enthusiast!Published on October 30, 2008 by Connie Luhta
I am doing research on "between Wars" aviation. In general, this book is ok, but doesn't give me any new information that I don't already have. Read morePublished on October 18, 2008 by John Edward Trtek