From POW to Blue Angel: The Story of Commander Dusty Rhodes

From POW to Blue Angel: The Story of Commander Dusty Rhodes

By: Armstrong, Jim

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297 pages with Glossary and Sources. Black and white photos. Foreword by Roy M. "Butch" Voris. From the publisher: "As a young naval aviator, Dusty Rhodes was shot down by the Japanese on his first combat mission in World War II. Toughing out the rest of the war in POW camps, he wondered if he would ever fly again. But Rhodes was destined to take flying to new heights." "As a leader of the Blue Angels, Raleigh E. "Dusty" Rhodes participated in developing the most famous aerobatics team ever formed. Jim Armstrong draws on interviews with Dusty and his colleagues, Dusty's scrapbooks, flight logs, and prison journal, to produce a rare account of the Blue Angels in the late 1940s--when the Blues perfected their trademark diamond formation and barrel roll and transitioned from prop planes to jet aircraft. The moving account of the brutality Rhodes suffered for three years as a prisoner of war includes his rare, ground observer's view of the firebombings of Tokyo and Yokohama. Armstrong also captures Dusty's uncertainty in returning to postwar America, and recounts his tour as a fighter pilot in Korea. A testament to one man's indomitable optimism, courage, and achievements, From POW to Blue Angel will carve a place in aviation history and inspire all to keep their eyes skyward"

Title: From POW to Blue Angel: The Story of Commander Dusty Rhodes

Author: Armstrong, Jim

Categories: Aviation,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Norman Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma Press: 2006

ISBN: 0806137649

ISBN 13: 9780806137643

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 10631

Keywords: World War II, Korea, Aviator, Fighter Pilot, POW, Japanese, Blue Angels, Aerobatics,