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US Air Force Air Rescue Service

An Illustrated History by Mutza, Wayne Code: 62616 Format: Hardback / 288 pages Publication date: 14/03/2023 Availability: Pre Order. Release date: March 2023 Price: AU $105.00

This definitive work on air rescue operations of the US Army Air Force and US Air Force takes the reader from the birth of the service during World War II, through the Korean and Vietnam Wars, to present-day operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Detailed text, accompanied by numerous photos - including many never before published - presents all aspects of air rescue operations, from the services founding, specialised training and equipment, and discussions of such varied aircraft types as the Stinson L-5, Douglas SC-47, Douglas HC/SC-54D "Rescuemaster," Fairchild SC-82A "Packet," Boeing HC-97G "Strato-Rescuer," Bell H-1 "Huey," Sikorsky H-3 "Jolly Green Giant," and many more. During the Cold War, this air arm expanded greatly and added the new mission of astronaut recovery through the early years of the US space program, as well as providing humanitarian aid during natural disasters worldwide. Air rescue came into its own during the war in Vietnam, when it became a highly skilled and effective force, rescuing thousands of fliers downed in combat, along with beleaguered ground troops. The present USAF air rescue service continues to live up to its motto "That Others May Live." AUTHOR: With a wealth of experience as a writer, Wayne Mutza has authored more than 30 books and numerous articles covering a wide variety of subjects. Giving foundation to his military aviation titles is his US Army service, during which he served as an airborne infantryman and helicopter crew chief, including combat in Vietnam. SELLING POINTS: . Takes the reader from the birth of the air rescue concept prior to World War II to present-day combat search and rescue in Middle Eastern conflicts . Provides a balanced narrative and visual history of American military air rescue operations . Author Wayne Mutza served as an airborne infantryman and helicopter crew chief during the Vietnam War 280 colour and b/w photographs.

Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
Availability: Pre Order. Release date: March 2023
Publication date: 14/03/2023
Country of publication: UNITED STATES
Weight: 0 g
Dimensions: 279.00mm X 216.00mm
Code: 62616

Retired firefighter and historian Wayne Mutza has published more than two dozen books and numerous articles, and has served as a literary and documentray film consultant.