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Sabre to Stealth
  50 Years of the United States Air Force 1947 - 1997

Author
Peter R March

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This book chronicles the history of the United States Air Force using art from a collection of leading aviation artists including William S Phillips, Ronald Wong, Craig Kodera, Wilfred Hardy and John Young. Released in 1997 to mark 50 years since the formation of  US Air Force (previously the United States Army Air Force), this book is one of  a number of titles published by the RAF Benevolent Fund (now the RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises) whose sterling work raises millions of pounds each year for service charities.

After introductions by assorted dignitaries, the body of the book takes each year in turn, a narrative summary of  US Air Force activity is complimented by a diary giving dates of key events, and a full colour plate of a painting relevant to the period. Each section spans 3 pages and includes plenty of period photographs. Presentation is excellent, in summary this is a good combination of useful reference and some fine examples of aviation art, many of which most readers will not have seen before.

The Road To Sarajevo

The Road To Sarajevo by Ronald Wong

F-4G Wild Weasel

F-4G Wild Weasel by Mark Waki
The Dawning by Steven Moore

The Song Begins

The Song Begins by William S Phillips

Survivor on Board, Heading Home

Survivor on Board, Heading Home by William S Phillips

Reviewer’s Pick

Superb airbrush technique by Steven Moore in The Dawning, depicting a pair of YF-22 fighter prototypes over the Mojave Desert.

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All Quiet Over the
Mojave

All Quiet Over the Mojave by Ronald Wong

Martin B-75B on Interdiction Mission

Martin B-75B on Interdiction Mission by Keith Woodcock

All images copyright the individual artists or publishers.

Contents

1

Intro by Air Force Secretary Widnall

6

The United States Air Force 1947 - 97

2

Intro by The USAF Chief of Staff

7

The United States Air Force Museum

3

Intro by The Rt Hon Micheal Portillo

8

Acknowledgements

4

Intro by ACM Sir Michael Graydon

9

Special Thanks

5

Golden Legacy

 

 

Publishing Information - First Edition (hardback and softback)

Publisher: RAF Benevolent Fund

ISBN: 1-899808-95-7 

Released: 1997

Size: 11.5 x 8.5 inches

Pages: 168

Colour images: 52

First published by the RAF Benevolent Fund in hardback (with slip case) and softback in 1997. It was reisssued by them in softback form only in 1998. In 1999 it was released again, this time in hardback form by Orion Books.

Publishing Information - Second Edition (hardback)

Publisher: Orion Books

ISBN: ?

Released: 1999

Size: 11 x 9 inches

Pages: 168

Colour images: 52

Availability

First Edition:

Out of print, only available on the secondary market. However we currently have a secondary market copy in stock - go to online store

Second Edition:

Out of print, only available on the secondary market.

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