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About the Author

Employed as an educator for more than 20 years, Thomas G. Matowitz Jr. is a licensed pilot with a lifelong interest in aviation history. He currently flies a restored Piper L-4J, a liaison plane that saw combat in Italy during the final days of World War II.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738539961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738539966
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Matowitz Jr.'s latest regional effort is another stunner for Ohioians familiar with his work. As a former employee of a Cleveland-area library, it has always been great to read Matowitz's various regional magazine and book efforts and this one is among his best.

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.
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Tom Matowitz's wonderful book, Cleveland's Naional Air Races, captures the wonder, excitement and glamor that was aviation in its formative years. The book has been very thoroughly researched and skillfully written and is extremely enjoyable. Every aviation enthusiast, pilot, air race fan and Clevelander will want to own and read this book.
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Thanks to Thomas Matowitz, an intriguing slice of aviation history is doumented in this fascinating book. It is an important contribution to the history of aviation, capturing the flavor of the Air Races in rare photos. Though I have seen many rare aviation photos in a family collection, I didn't have the background knowledge to understand them. Thomas Matowitz brings them alive with his explanations based on painstaking research.
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Inbetween the two world wars the development of aviation was proceeding at an extremely rapid pace. Both engines and airframes were improving very fast. One of the driving forces was the various air races. To win the Schneider Trophy was the goal of the plane that became the Spitfire.

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.
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I have recently finished reading both of Mr. Matowitz's books dealing with aviation history in Cleveland. I have lived in Cleveland all my life and graduated with a B.A. in History from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2007 and have grown to really appreciate the emphasis on local history through Arcadia Publishing. I have found Mr. Matowitz's books to be well researched, engrossing and entertaining. Between the front and back covers, these books not only seamlessly intertwine the history with the personalities that made it but also the larger national picture with the local historical brush strokes. These titles are must reads for anybody wishing to learn more about aviation history.
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This copiously illustrated little gem by Thomas G. Matowitz, Jr., gives a look back into the early days of air racing and the pilots who flew the airplanes. Many of the men and women aviators were very colorful characters who projected larger than life personas, and the author takes care to weave this fact into the book. The historical perspective provided is chronologically presented, and the many photographs are captioned with important details about the aircraft and pilots portrayed in the images. This is fascinating reading for anyone with even a passing interest in the development of aviation, and a "must read" for those whose interest is deeper.
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I am the Sales Manager at a museum in Cleveland and Mr. Matowitz's book is at the top of our sales in Arcadia titles. It has everything that a great book should have, history, romance and entertainment. Tom has brought the National Air Races from memory to reality with his great pictures and great stories.
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Thomas Matowitz's book explores the historic Cleveland Air Races from a new perspective. The books gives a wonderful overview of the race locale and setting in the Cleveland area. Many books already describe the aircraft and pilots that participated in this famous race, but this books goes further to tell the history of the airport, the controversies and the early development of air racing in the United States. Cleveland is the birthplace of American air racing competition that continues today at the Reno National Air Races.
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