Walter J Boyne Books in Order

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It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of The Jet Age Trilogy Books

Roaring Thunder

Boyne, Walter J. 2006

Blends real life adventures of the industry giants with the fictional Vance Shannon and his aviation family. Shannon, a prototypical American test pilot, sees and guides the birth of American jet aviation, while his sons, Tom and Harry fly the new jets in combat.

Their aviation careers are blessed by their skill and courage, and they help usher in the greatest advance in aviation history with the birth of the jet transport

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Supersonic Thunder

Boyne, Walter J. 2006

From the first flight of the U-2 to the flashing speed of the famous SR-71 Blackbird, Supersonic Thunder is a portrait of the jet as it comes of age.  Aviation genius is personified in famous engineers such as Kelly Johnson and Ben Rich and in test pilots like Tony LeVier and Tex Johnson in this fast moving story of military and commercial jet aviation.

Under the guidance of test pilot and engineer, Vance Shannon, the reader is present at every major event in jet aviation in the 1960s and 1970s. As the ever-changing industry begins to speed up beyond Vance's grasp, he turns to his two sons, Tom and Harry, to keep the family business on the cutting edge.

Though they've followed in their fathers' footsteps for many years, the stress from trying to stay ahead of the curve is destroying their families--as well as fueling a long hidden rivalry between the two brothers.   As the Shannon family struggles with their personal and professional lives, Supersonic Thunder reveals the great leaps of the aviation industry during this astonishing era, from Gary Powers' U-2 shoot down to the first flight of the Russian Supersonic Transport.

  With historic and dramatic detail, we are taken behind the scenes, revealing the motivations of top Russian, English, and American designers as they push the limits of engines and airframes and confront the difficulties of the pursuit of Mach 2.0 speeds.

From the luxury of the 747 to the abject despair of a cell in the Hanoi Hilton, Supersonic Thunder tells the real story of this amazing chapter of jet aviation in terms of the men and women who lived and died to make it a part of our everyday life.

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Hypersonic Thunder

Boyne, Walter J. 2009

The jet age began in 1939 with the brief hop of a secret German airplane. Seventy years later, the entire world depends upon the jet engine in every sphere - political, military, economic, and social. In Hypersonic Thunder, Walter Boyne weaves an intricate story of how the jet engine changed aeronautics and astronautics, pushing the frontiers of flight forward and permitting humankind to enter the space age.

 Drawing on his knowledge of the period, Boyne paints a gripping picture of jet aviation from the brilliant supersonic Concorde to the coming challenges of hypersonic flight. Using the fictional Shannons as a vehicle, the author ranges the world of aviation, combining the triumphs and tragedies of great aviation companies with the familiar conflicts of family life.

All of the great names of aeronautics and astronautics appear here as they did on the historic scene, including such luminaries as Howard Hughes, Kelly Johnson, Burt Rutan, and Steve Fossett.   The book thunders with the clash of combat, ranging from the courageous fights of the Israeli Air Force down through the raid on Libya, Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, and, most important the ongoing war on terror.

And space is not neglected, as Boyne covers everything from Skylab and the Space Shuttle, with its great achievements and terrible tragedies, to the International Space Station.

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Wild Blue: The Novel of the U.S. Air Force

Thompson, Steven L. 1986
Follows the lives of six very different airmen at work, at war, and at home capturing all the joys and agonies from basic training, to Korea and Vietnam, and beyond Read More

Trophy for Eagles

Boyne, Walter J. 1989
In a United States between World Wars, two men--Frank Bandfield, an idealistic flying wizard, and Bruno Hafner, a ruthless German World War I ace--vie for love, prizes, jobs, and glory in the exciting and often dangerous field of aviation Read More

Eagles at War

Boyne, Walter J. 1991

"Enthralling...Boyne captures the gritty realities of combat and the proud adventures of America's struggle for air supremacy in World War II."W.E.B. GriffithFrom thrilling and intense combat to boardroom explosions and behind-the-scenes scandal, EAGLES AT WAR brings to vivid life the famous planes, aviation heroes, and ruthless villains of the wartorn skies.

It is certainly one of the most compelling fictional accounts of World War II in the air.

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Dawn Over Kitty Hawk

Boyne, Walter J. 2003

Walter J. Boyne, the world's foremost historian on aviation and the former director of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, presents this fascinating, historically accurate, fictional account of all the cutthroat personalities who strived to be the first to take the air.

Of course Wilbur and Orville Wright etched their names in history as the inventors of the airplane, but lost are their contemporaries who shared their same passion. Some spent entire lives and fortunes chasing the dream of flight, including men like the embittered Augustus Herring, the pompous Samuel Pierpont Langley of the Smithsonian Institution, who was backed by the U.

S. War Department, Glenn Curtiss, the Wright Brothers most fierce competition, and even the legendary American inventor Alexander Graham Bell---after all, what these men set out accomplish would surely catapult them into fame and fortune, and drastically alter the course of history for decades to come.

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Walt Boyne's Crummy Novel On Sex, Drugs, Planes and Aspergers

Boyne, Walter J. 2015

This book is intended to show how the best aspirations of modern men and women can, in today's society, be warped by the pressures of drugs and the free-wheeling ease with which the most moderrn weapons can be used. It illustrates the high level of intelligence and competence in their trade that modern drug cartel leaders have, of their intense rivalries, and of the harm that is inflicted in passing on otherwise uninvolved people.

It also indicates how the best means of combating this 21st century tyranny of evil can be found in the original thoughts of innocents who are "thinking outside the box" and who finally come to terms with the fact that fighting the cartels involves not only intelligence but massive fire power conducted by experts in the field.

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Jet Age

Boyne, Walter J. 1979
The development of jet aviation is studied, probing its social and economic impact and analyzing the crucial commerical decisions by the aircraft industry Read More

Flying, An Introduction To Flight, Airplanes, And Aviation Careers

Boyne, Xxx 1980
Discusses flying from various viewpoints, including the job opportunities, the great financial rewards, and the risks, while at the same time conveying the raw excitement of flying with a collection of classic aviation photographs Read More

Messerschmitt Me 262

Walter J. Boyne 1980
Messerschmitt Me 262: Arrow to the Future tells the dramatic story of the Me 262's combat career as a fascinating chain of events in which planning, luck, and even blind stupidity played important roles. Even by today's engineering standards, magnificent Read More

Boeing B 52

Boyne, Walter J 1981

The Aircraft Treasures of Silver Hill

Boyne, Walter J. 1982
Describes the facilities of the National Air and Space Museum's restoration center and looks at some of the many famous civilian and military aircraft in its collection Read More

Vertical Flight

W. Boyne 1984
Traces the development of the helicopter and vertical takeoff aircraft, describes key technological breakthroughs, and looks at the future of helicopters Read More

De Havilland Dh-4

BOYNE W 1984
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Phantom in Combat

Walter J. Boyne 1985
Phantom in Combat puts you in the cockpit with the missile-age aces as they fight for their lives in the skies of Vietnam and the Middle East.Starting with a brief account of the forging of this deadly weapon, Phantom in Combat moves to the wars, campaig Read More

The Leading Edge

Boyne, Walter J. 1986
Charts the evolutionary course of aviation history by highlighting in detail the most important inventions and pivotal developments along with their creators Read More

The Smithsonian Book Of Flight

Walter J. Boyne 1987
A lavishly illustrated history of aviation presents an intriguing account of humankind's struggle to fly, from the earliest flying machines to the state-of-the-art aircraft of the present day. Read More

The Smithsonian Book of Flight for Young People

Boyne 1988
A history of human flight, from man's oldest dreams, through the World Wars which generated rapid advances in aviation, to the present jet age. Read More

Power Behind The Wheel

Boyne, Walter 1988
The story of the motor car. Read More


Boyne, Walter J. 1990
Discusses basic concepts of aerodynamics, looks at how insects, birds, and aircraft fly, and describes technological advances in military and commercial aviation Read More

Weapons of Desert Storm

Boyne, Walter J. 1991
Describes ships, tanks, aircraft, missiles, and other weapons used in conflict Read More

Gulf War

Boyne, Walter J. 1991
Describes the background of the Gulf War, identifies key military and political leaders, and offers information on ships, tanks, aircraft, and missiles used by the Coalition Forces and Iraq Read More

Air Force Eagles

Boyne, Walter J. 1992
In the final volume of the Eagles trilogy, aviation pioneers Frank Bandfield and Hadley Roget team up with master fighter pilot, John Marshall, to rebuild American airpower. 25,000 first printing. Read More

Art in Flight

Walter J. Boyne 1992
Presentation signed and dated by the artist on the half title page. Read More

Silver Wings

Walter J. Boyne 1993
A retired USAF colonel chronicles the U.S. Air Force, from its establishment in 1907, through its rapid growth during World War I, through equally impressive gains during World War II, to the present Read More

Clash of Wings

Boyne, Walter 1994
A comprehensive assessment of the 1939 to 1945 international air war by the former director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum analyzes pivotal battles, key personnel, and crucial technological developments. Read More

Clash of Titans

Boyne, Walter J. 1995
From the Atlantic to the Pacific to the North Sea and the Mediterranean, Walter Boyne weaves together dramatic battle scenes with skillful analyses of strategies and tactics to present a wide-ranging look at all of the naval forces operating in every theater of the Second World War. Read More

Beyond The Wild Blue

Boyne, Walter J. 1997
From the most important leaders and the most courageous victories to the earliest machines of flight and the most advanced Stealth technology, this book presents a fascinating look at 50 turbulent years of Air Force history. Read More

Beyond The Horizon

Boyne, Walter J. 1998
The author of Beyond the Wild Blue explores the many factors that led Lockheed from near bankruptcy in the 1930s to become one of the most successful and innovative aerospace corporations in the world. 25,000 first printing. Read More

Brassey's Air Combat Reader

Handleman, Philip 1999
The acclaimed anthology with contributions from best-selling authors Walter J. Boyne, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Robert Mason. Read More

German Aircraft and Armament

Intelligence Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff 2000

No other book on World War II aviation provides so many specifications and details of performance in such a concise format. On one page are a brief description of each aircraft's purpose, as well as photographs and drawings that include fields of fire.

On the facing page are its specifications and performance data, including range, armament, bomb/freight load, and armour. Comprehensive and accurate, it is the ideal quick reference for the airplane buff, the modeler, the computer wargamer, and the air warfare historian.

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Aces In Command

Boyne, Walter J. 2001
Eddie Rickenbacker, Hub Zemke, Boots Blesse, and Robin Olds are in the pantheon of American fighter aces. Their names are familiar to many, but there has never been a book that examined their brilliant leadership ability as well as their aerial prowess.   Read More

The Best of "Wings" Magazine

Boyne, Walter J. 2001

The Best of Wingscontains behind-the-scenes stories about the most glamorous aircraft of all time, from the Hughes racer to virtual “mystery ships” like the Bell Airacuda and the remarkably successful McDonnell F-4. Each piece takes you through aviation history with little-known details on the designers, the pilots, the records, and the ultimate fate of a wide variety of aircraft.

Hundreds of photos detail the progress of aviation around the world, from trainers to nuclear bombers. Walter J. Boyne has selected an appealing array of stories about famous and not-so-famous aircraft. With his trademark style of combining intricate engineering detail and the human drama of aviation, Boyne, one of the most prolific aviation writers of our time, makes each aircraft literally fly off the pages.

These timeless histories provide inside information, often gathered from the author’s personal experiences with the men and women who designed, built, and flew the aircraft.

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Air Warfare

Boyne, Walter J. 2002

Written by more than 100 international scholars and experts, this encyclopedia chronicles the individuals, equipment, and drama of nearly a century of aerial combat.Air Warfare: An International Encyclopedia is the first encyclopedia to document the entire history of aerial combat, from the primitive biplanes of World War I to the sophisticated stealth fighters of the 21st century.

The more than 900 entries, lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps, cover it all-the first, the fastest, the highest, the latest. More than 100 top international scholars and experts-many with personal combat experience-offer thoroughly researched, clearly written articles on the famous aces, designers, battles, air campaigns, weapons, and flying machines of air warfare's first 90 years.

Accessible to student, enthusiast, and scholar alike, Air Warfare provides the reader with argument-settling expertise, lively and entertaining entries, and answers to thousands of questions: Who first used air power against civilians? How did a handful of Royal Air Force aces defeat the mighty Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain? Has bombing alone ever won a war? Where does the future of aerial warfare lie?• More than 900 A–Z entries zero in on the first, the best, the worst, the fastest, the highest, the latest• Contributions from some 100 top international experts―many with combat experience• Lavish set of illustrations with numerous photos including the Mitsubishi G4M equipped with the Okha suicide missile, the Red Baron, and the first all-female aircrew of the U.

S. Air Force• Maps ranging from the Western front as stabilized in 1915 to the Persian Gulf War in 1991

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The Two O'Clock War

Boyne, Walter J. 2002

It's usually called the Yom Kippur War. Or sometimes the October War. The players that surround it are familiar: Sadat and Mubarak, Meir and Sharon, Nixon and Kissinger, Brezhnev and Dobyrnin. It was a war that brought Arab and Jew into vicious conflict.

A war in which Israel almost unleashed her nuclear arsenal and set two superpowers on a treacherous course of nuclear escalation. And a war that eventually brought peace. But a peace fraught with delicate tensions, disputed borders, and a legacy of further bloodshed.

The Two O'Clock War is a spellbinding chronicle of the international chess game that was played out in October 1973. It is a story of diplomacy and military might that accounts for many of the dilemmas faced in the present-day Middle East.This is a war that Israel never thought was possible.

Surprised by the fury and excellent execution of the Arab onslaught, and perhaps more than a little complacent, Israel suddenly found itself on the point of losing a war because of a lack of ammunition, planes and tanks. The United States, after much vacillation, finally elected to help Israel, beginning a tremendous airlift (code name: Operation Nickel Grass) which incurred the wrath of the Arab states, and their sponsor, the Soviet Union.

Fortunately the airlift came just in time for Israeli ground forces to stabilize their positions and eventually turn the tide in the Sinai and Golan Heights. And it was all made possible by an operation that dwarfed the Berlin Airlift and the Soviets' simultaneous efforts in Egypt and Syria.

The Two O'Clock War is bound to become the definitive history of a war that quite literally approached Armageddon.

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The Yom Kippur War

Boyne, Walter J. 2002
It's usually called the Yom Kippur War. Or sometimes the October War. The players that surround it are familiar: Sadat and Mubarak, Meir and Sharon, Nixon and Kissinger, Brezhnev and Dobyrnin. It was a war that brought Arab and Jew into vicious conflict. Read More

The Influence of Air Power Upon History

Boyne, Walter 2003
A thorough examination of the development of air-power philosophy, approached by examining the theory and practice of air power and the innovators who have developed it. Walter J. Boyne is a recognized authority on aviation. Read More

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Boyne, Walter J. 2003

No war has ever had the intensive media coverage of the 2003 war in Iraq, and none has ever had such monumental second-guessing. Months before the war began, domestic and international pundits painted a gloomy picture of a new Vietnam or of a nuclear Armageddon that would see Israel reduced to ruins.

The war started with a brilliant series of pre-emptive bangs that shattered Iraqi leadership and seized the most valuable areas of Iraq. How did the US military machine, assumed to have insufficient air power, too few troops, and little momentum take a country the size of California within three weeks?In the 1991 victory in the Gulf War, the United States lead a much larger coalition force into a heavy air campaign followed by a lightening quick ground campaign.

In the years that followed, the United States military experienced a continuing series of reductions in the national defense budget.What was left unrecorded was the incredible degree of competence with which the US military leadership managed the reduction in resources, balancing force structures against personnel requirements against procurement needs and logistic realities.

Any one considering the great military victory achieved in Iraq must ask the following questions: Who was bright enough to plan to have the weapons systems in the right place at the right time? Who orchestrated this vast complex array of sophisticated military machinery-ships, submarines, missiles, armor, and soldiers-all needing fuel, ammunition and water?The answer is the much-maligned civil and military leaders of the American defense establishment, working in concert with the most advanced defense-based corporations in the world.

While there were those anxious to parade the iniquities of a two-billion dollar bomber, most often failed to appreciated the genius required to conceive of, much less create a system which can use a satellite to send signals to a B-1B to program a precision guided missile to take out a Soviet T-72 tank parked in a mosque-without damaging the mosque! Admittedly, there were lapses in the Iraqi war, such as the looting of museums by members of the Ba'ath party just a day after many had declared Baghdad liberated and the raids on hospitals, another problem that could have easily been remedied by a show of U.

S. presence and force. And there were technological complications as well, including the aching misfortune of death by friendly fire. The author deals with these shortcomings in a straightforward manner.Operation Iraqi Freedom: What Went Right and Why; What Went Wrong and Why gives intimate insight into the way in which the armed services, particularly the United States Air Force, managed to overcome genuine budgetary, political, and military difficulties to create the finest military force in the world, one that operated with the most extreme care to avoid collateral damage and to prevent loss of life.

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Today's Best Military Writing

Boyne, Walter J. 2004
Esteemed military historian and bestselling author Walter J. Boyne has gathered twenty-one authors, both military and civilian, and their published articles and essays on all aspects of the various branches of the armed forces and military history of th Read More

Chronicle of Flight

Publications International Ltd. 2005
512 pages Publisher: Publications International (July 2004) Chronicle of Flight: A Year-By-Year History of Aviation [Hardcover] Walter J. Boyne (Author) Read More

Soaring to Glory

Boyne, Walter J. 2008
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Air Combat Reader

Walter J. Boyne 2009

This volume excerpts more than 25 classic text by experience air war specialists such as Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Eddie Rickenbacker, Bill Mitchell and Paul Brickhill. Each excerpt is introduced and placed into historical context by the editors. The book concludes with a thought-provoking look into the art and science of air warfare, as well as its future.

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How The Helicopter Changed Modern Warfare

Walter J. Boyne 2011

The helicopter was introduced to warfare during World War II. Since then, it has had a profound effect at both the tactical and strategic levels. This in-depth book by a military aviation expert examines the growth of the helicopter's importance in warfare and argues convincingly that severe flaws in the military procurement process have led to U.

S. troops using antiquated helicopter designs in combat despite billions spent on research and development.

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The 25 Most Influential Aircraft of All Time

Boyne, Walter 2018

The 25 Most Influential Aircraft of All Time conveys the fascinating progression of flying technology from flimsy wood-and-fabric biplanes to thunderous supersonic wonders. Aviation’s most historically relevant and arguably most influential aircraft – planes like the elliptical-winged Spitfire, the blisteringly-fast X-15, and the ubiquitous Learjet – are dramatically showcased in individual chapters.

Factors like performance, price, operational efficiency, and perceptions in popular culture are examined. People are just as important as hardware in the discussion of the world’s greatest aircraft. The larger-than-life characters who designed and built these aeronautical marvels – men like the reclusive Howard Hughes and the demanding Clarence “Kelly” Johnson – are an indispensable part of the story.

So, too, are the fearless pilots like Charles Lindbergh and Chuck Yeager who gave life to the shining examples of a new and dynamic industry. The authors have flown or flown in many of the featured aircraft and they knew many of the luminous personalities involved, enabling them to share unique perspectives.

The preface is written by William Lloyd Stearman, a former staff member of the National Security Council and the son of famed industry engineer Lloyd Stearman. The introduction is written by Norman R. Augustine, the retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The foreword is written by Burt Rutan, the renowned aircraft designer and founder of Scaled Composites. Each aircraft is magnificently illustrated in color, mostly with paintings by leading aviation artists.

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Golden Age of Flight

Walter J. Boyne 2020

The Golden Age of Flight Desk Calendar showcases that special era when propeller-driven aircraft ruled the skies. Detailed captions by best-selling author Walter Boyne accompany color photographs of these venerable warbirds. Featured aircraft include the B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51 Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire, FW-190 Focke Wulf, Douglas DC-3, Beech Staggerwing, A6M Zero, de Havilland Mosquito, and the Flying Tigers’ P-40 Warhawk.

A different photo on each page!

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