Flying Fortress: The Illustrated Biography of the B-17s and the Men Who Flew Them

Flying Fortress The Illustrated Biography of the B s and the Men Who Flew Them Renowned throughout the world for its strength and destructiveness the Flying Fortress was one of the greatest fighting airplanes of all time In this comprehensively documented biography Edward Jabl

  • Title: Flying Fortress: The Illustrated Biography of the B-17s and the Men Who Flew Them
  • Author: Edward Jablonski
  • ISBN: 9780385038553
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Renowned throughout the world for its strength and destructiveness, the Flying Fortress was one of the greatest fighting airplanes of all time In this comprehensively documented biography, Edward Jablonski tells the story of the Flying Fortress Boeing B 17, America s legendary long range bomber From the B 17 s near death in infancy to the emergence of its successor, theRenowned throughout the world for its strength and destructiveness, the Flying Fortress was one of the greatest fighting airplanes of all time In this comprehensively documented biography, Edward Jablonski tells the story of the Flying Fortress Boeing B 17, America s legendary long range bomber From the B 17 s near death in infancy to the emergence of its successor, the Superfortress, Flying Fortress captures the exhilarating career of the B 17 with thrilling accounts of the exploits of these planes and their pilots In this unforgettable history, Jablonski details the Fortress s role in the strategic and tactical issues of air war, and chronicles the B 17 s roles in famous raids including Regensburg, Marienburg, Munster, Schweinfurt, Dresden, and Berlin, along with its part in great battles, such as D Day Masterfully written, Flying Fortress is a classic in aviation literature with over 400 illustrations many unpublished action photos in addition to a section on the design of the Flying Fortress, which includes a number of detailed cutaway drawings Approximately 60 pages from the Flying Fortress s Piloting Manual are also featured herein Find out why the Flying Fortress ultimately redefined the concept of war Edward Jablonski, life long aviation enthusiast, served in the field of artillery during WWII and was a member of the Society of WWI Aero Historians and the American Aviation Society Historian, biographer, and critic, Jablonski has written a number of books on aviation history and American cultural personalities.

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    • Edward Jablonski

      Edward Jablonski was the author of several biographies on American cultural personalities, such as George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Alan Jay Lerner and Irving Berlin, as well as books on aviation history.Jablonski was born in Bay City, Michigan to a family of Polish American journalists and writers His father had been a writer for Sztandar Polski and another relative, Paul F Jablonski, wrote for the Bay City Times Early on he fell in love with the music of George and Ira Gershwin A fan letter he wrote to Ira while in school quickly turned into regular correspondence and eventually a lasting friendship with the lyricist.While Jablonski was interested in music, his true fascination was with aviation Supposedly, he spent much of his time watching the planes at the James Clements Airport near the South End of Bay City He had grown up, he said later, listening to the music of the day as he hung around the airport watching the planes As a schoolboy he also started a correspondence with Gershwin Later on in his life, he became interested in aerial warfare Telling an interviewer in 1986, Aviation makes possible the most deadly form of warfare ever the perversion of one of man s greatest inventions He served in the United States Army Field Artillery in New Guinea during World War II For his actions in New Guinea, he was awarded the Silver Star.After leaving the army, he attended junior college in Bay City as a pre journalism major He continued his studies at the New School for Social Research, receiving his bachelor s in 1950 He also completed postgraduate work in anthropology at Columbia.While working for the March of Dimes charity in New York, Jablonski wrote articles and music reviews for a number of small magazines as well as liner notes for albums this was the beginning of a fifty year freelance career.At the time of his death, he was working on Masters of American Song , which would have been a comprehensive history of American pop music.

    430 thoughts on “Flying Fortress: The Illustrated Biography of the B-17s and the Men Who Flew Them

    • Time has afforded us some perspective since Californians rejected then Governor Schwarzenegger's special election pet propositions in 2005. Since they said no to surrendering control of the state budget to the whimsy of the executive branch; no to unaccountable gerrymandering; no to silencing the voice of the working class; no to making it even more difficult for our best and brightest to choose teaching as a profession.The swaggering, accented, tough-talking machismo disappeared, remade overnig [...]


    • My wife bought me this book back in 1975 and even though I paged through it dozen of times over the years studying the pictures, I am embarrassed to admit that I just finished reading it. Now there is plenty of material out there to fill a library dedicated to this remarkable plane but this book deserves special recognition, in spite of its age. To begin it was written at a time when the author had the opportunity to interview the people who not only made it, but those who flew it, as well as th [...]


    • There's a lot to like about this book. To me, it is written the way a popular history ought to be written. It is well-researched, but is very readable, telling the history of the B-17 through stories of the men who built and flew it.The first time I encountered Flying Fortress was as a child -- it was my Dad's book -- and I was fascinated by the pictures and learned a bit by reading the captions. As an adult, I bought my own copy and started in with the text itself. What I like best about it is [...]


    • Just thinking of what went into this airplane at the point in history when it was conceived and manufactured, and the crews that flew them is just remarkable. A very important chapter in aviation well documented. I bought this book during the 80's at the now legendary Economy Bookstore in Syracuse, glad to have had it all these years.


    • 'Flying Fortress', Edward Jablowski, 1965. For those in the know, this book needs no introduction. In preparation for taking a little joy ride in the "Yankee Lady" -a restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, I dusted off my cherished first edition. There are few books that I feel are worth reading twice. This is one of them. I found it just as riveting now, as I did when I was sixteen. Jablowski's "Flying Fortress" is a true classic. 


    • This is the book that started me on WW II. Well written and lots of pictures. A little simplistic view, but well worth the read, for the pictures alone. One of the cherished volumes in my personal library.


    • A really fine book with spectacular stories. A good balance of personal stories and descriptions of the aircraft. Biggest flaw is that the book is not more of a picture book on glossy pages though the reproductions of the photographs are still acceptable.



    • Sometimes history is best viewed through a single window, and the development and manning of these storied planes during WWII is a testament to that approach. I devoured every detail of this book many times down to the official training diagrams and cutaways of the plane in the appendices. I was mesmerized as a 6th grader and still am today. What I would really love to know is on the cover photo: Is that plane landing toward you or away from you. Tried many times to figure that out


    • Good review of one of the first integrated weapon systems and one that did not work the way it was designed.


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