Swashbucklers and Black Sheep

Swashbucklers and Black Sheep

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a€œA stunning portrait of incredibly courageous men and their awesome flying machines.a€a€”Alex Kershaw, author of The Few Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 214 is the worlda€™s most famous fighter squadron. Its second wartime squadron commander was the legendary Greg a€œPappya€ Boyington. Boyington and the squadron were the loose inspiration for the late-seventies NBC television series Baa Baa Black Sheep, which was later syndicated under the name Black Sheep Squadron. Swashbucklers and Black Sheep is a comprehensive illustrated history of the squadron from its formation and first two combat tours on Guadalcanal as the Swashbucklers, which included their transition to the iconic gull-winged Corsair, to the arrival of their second commander, Pappy Boyington, after which they became the Black Sheep. The squadrona€™s combat over Bougainville and Rabaul and the story of Boyington being shot down are covered, as are the squadrona€™s exploits in the latter part of the war (while Boyington was a POW), which culminated in the heavy losses suffered aboard the carrier USS Franklin. The squadrona€™s service in Korea, Vietnam, and the Global War on Terror complete the storied history of VMF 214. In addition to a rich collection of historical photography, Swashbucklers and Black Sheep features combat aviation artwork from four of Americaa€™s top aviation artists: John Shaw, Jim Laurier, Craig Kodera, and Bob Rasmussen.Allied Aircraft B-24, 50, 60, 89, 103, 135, 150 Buffalo, 12, 13 Banshee, 199, 200 Corsair, transition to, 39, schematic of, 44, 45, and rescue of USS Chincoteague, 48, phased out, 200 Harrier ll, 191, 200 Harriet ll-Plus, 201, 203, 205 Hellcat, 89, anbsp;...

Title:Swashbucklers and Black Sheep
Author: Bruce Gamble
Publisher:Zenith Press - 2012-09-15

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