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Forgotten Aviator: The Adventures of Royal Leonard Paperback – July 27, 2011
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This is a must read with tales of Howard Hughes, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, Wiley Post, Will Rogers, and Jackie Cochran. He was a personal pilot to a Manchurian warlord who kidnapped Chinese Dictator Chiang Kai-shek, and was chosen to command a projected Flying Tigers bomber group.
SeniorMagLive...if you're 49 or plan to be! March 2012
"Barry Martin has nicely filled in the details of Leonard's life...it all makes for a fascinating biography."
reviewed by Daniel Ford, Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine - May 2012
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"If Royal's story were told in a novel," says long-time China pilot and author Felix Smith, "nobody would believe it all could have happened to one man."
"Barry Martin brings us face-to-face with another name, Royal Leonard, that offers the same adventure and romance as names we already know, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, and Claire Chennault. The author brings out the drama and danger of the Golden Age of American Aviation and the Sino-Japanese War. This book is a product of dedicated research that makes a significant contribution to aviation history." Robert L. Willett, Jr. author of An Airline at War: The Story of China National Aviation Corporation and its Men.
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Forgotten Aviator chronicals the life of Royal Leonard, one of these early pioneers as progressed from flying early, very risky, mail routes, to even more dangerous exploits as one of the private pilots for Chiang Kai-shek during a period when China was torn apart politically, and at war with the Japanese. The book could easily be made into a great movie.