By Daniel Ford
In 1941, Glen Edwards discovered to fly in a fabric-covered biplane. Seven years later, he died within the crash of the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing, the Air Force’s so much complex jet-propelled airplane and forerunner of the B-2 Stealth bomber of at the present time. As a strive against pilot in North Africa and Italy in the course of global struggle II, and as a attempt pilot in the course of a interval of excellent innovation, Edwards was once among the finest of a brand new iteration of army aviators. The remoted barren region base at Muroc, California, the place Edwards crashed will be named in his honor. throughout his army profession, Glen Edwards stored an everyday checklist of what he did and what he inspiration. army historian Daniel Ford situates that diary within the context of worldwide battle II, the improvement of flight checking out as a technology, and the start of an self reliant U.S. Air strength. He exhibits how army pilots within the Forties augmented their seat-of-the-pants bravado and precision flying talents with rigorous educational education. Conveying either the exhaustion of strive against and the excitement of flying a few of the world’s quickest, so much refined planes, the publication lines the tragic process Glen Edwards’s occupation: the near-daily bombing missions over Africa and Italy, a record-breaking cross-country flight within the XB-42 Mixmaster, and trial flights within the YB-49 Flying Wing—the first aircraft Edwards ever actively disliked. The cutting edge Northrop bomber, Daniel Ford concludes, simply wasn’t prepared for high time. approximately 70,000 phrases; with photos from the Air strength and the Edwards relatives. "A interesting story and a tribute to an unassuming guy who easily enjoyed to fly." -- Air&Space/Smithsonian
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Page 25 February 2, Youks-les-Bains Camille's Christmas package came yesterday and contained two books. Today Dave and I frequented Club Cabana almost continuously. I read Captain Blood and Dave started Uncle Newt. The war is not going so good from our angle. The Germans are putting up a stiff resistance and our forces are not gaining any ground. The German air force has been bolstered by a lot of fighters. Today a flight of six P-40s took off from Thelepte and only one got back. Yesterday we lost three P-40s from this field.
For this work, both sides had begun to use fighters equipped with bomb racks. . and if it went down, only one man was lost. Just as the 15th had been seasoned by the RAF, it now seasoned the 86th Squadron, beginning with Edwards and Captain Horner, who'd flown their first mission within twenty-four hours of their arrival. These were the crucial weeks of Operation Torch. The Allies struggled to bring up enough men and weapons to finish the job in Tunisia; the Germans and Italians tried to push them back into Algeria.
Cal Aero also had an Army detachment to provide the cadets with military training, and this detachment was commanded Page 2 by Major Robert Scott, who later wrote the best-selling God Is My Co-pilot. * It had two open cockpits, with the cadet sitting in front. For his solo on August 13, Edwards would have flown a simple rectangle, taking off into the wind, turning right when he reached an altitude of 200 feet, and right again at 500 feet. He would then have flown downwind until he was past the airfield, turned right on his "base leg," and right again for his final approach.
Glen Edwards: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot by Daniel Ford