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Operation Pinball/the USAAF's Secret Aerial Gunnery Program of WWII Paperback – October 1, 1990
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Contains several black and white photos. Size: 8 1/2" x 11". Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. NOT ex-library. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Aviation; ISBN: 0879384727. ISBN/EAN: 9780879384722. Inventory No: 022454.
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Conceived in the spring of 1942, Operation Pinball was up-and-running by May 1944, the P-63 being selected as the best Bf 109 stand-in. Prior to war's end, the now-redesignated RP-63s helped train hundreds of heavy bomber crews before they shipped off for combat. As with any such innovative program, mishaps did occur and several Kingcobras - and a few target bombers - suffered damage or were downed.
Hickman, who was one of the Kingcobra shootdowns, does an entertaining job describing this oddball innovation. He traces the development of aerial gunnery, the impetus for the Pinball program, the background history of the P-39 and -63 and the checkered history of the Pinball program.
OPERATION PINBALL is an entertaining read. The author includes many of his own memories along with personal reminiscences of other Pinball pilots and personnel. The book features dozens of interesting and rare photographs of pilots, 'targets' and 'shooters,' armament, turrets, etc.
In all likelihood, OPERATION PINBALL will stand as the definitive book on this innovative program. And it's a great read to boot! Recommended.