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Flying Aces: Aviation Art of World War IIby James Kitchens
Synopses & Reviews
The "Ace" had become a new kind of hero by the time the skies became a primary battlefield during World War II--and the dogfights that ensued became more deeply personal than those on the ground below. These inspired paintings capture both the courage and tenacity of these men and their machines in more than seventy works, painstakingly recreated by artists in vivid detail. They tell harrowing stories of wounded Robert S. Johnson, tailed by a Luftwaffe full of deadly purpose--but without ammunition--and Germany's legendary Erich Hartmann, the first fighter pilot to down 300 enemy aircraft. Each painted by respected aviation art masters, including Stan Stokes, Robert Taylor, and Roy Grinnell, they are enhanced with archival photographs of legendary Aces and their planes and battles. It's an authoritative tribute to the men of the skies--and a great gift for any aficionado of aviation or military history.
Book News Annotation:
This is a big (12x11<">) promotional book, which was published in cloth in 1999. Eleven painters' bold, dramatic work is accompanied by text written by Kitchens (history, Auburn U. in Montgomery).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Some of World War II's greatest dramas occurred in the skies, where courageous and tenacious fighter pilots battled in dogfights so fierce that they and their planes became legends. Their stories continue to capture the imaginations of World War II and history buffs today, and countless talented artists painstakingly recreate their most famous battles in vivid, accurate detail. More than 100 fantastic works, with detailed descriptions of each scene, portray these memorable moments.
"A spectacular coffee-table book that combines the beauty of aviation art and the history of aerial combat in the Second World War. Brief stories of some of the most legendary aces...are magnificently illustrated with paintings inspired by the heroic feats of those pilots as well as the efforts of aviators on different sides of the war in all theaters. Over 70 war scenes by noted artists provide parts of the war story that words cannot tell....a very exciting read and an enjoyable viewing."--"Air & Space Power Journal.
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