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  • By tom
    Oct 15, 2009
    "A great read!" If you have any interest in B-47s, or the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War, this book is a treasure. Mr. Malucci manages to share facts, first-hand accounts (and not just a little opinion!) in a very readable account. His very honest portrayal of the difficulties, as well as the satisfactions of being on a SAC crew are nicely done. He takes us through the initial training process, where we get a learning glimpse of how a good or bad instructor (or later on, a crew) can define a career. After a questionably-decided ‘wash-out’ flight, he trains to be a SAC navigator. By readable, I mean that you can spend six or seven pages reading exactly what it took to navigate these planes if you wish, or skip around and get wonderful small vignettes of how it felt in the ‘hole’ of a B-47, the smells and noises in the cramped quarters during hours-long missions. The life of a SAC crewman and his family are also covered, but I wish with a little more depth. Having... More > been an Air Force ‘brat’ I would have liked to have seen more about securing housing at bases, the constant moving, the schools, etc. In fairness, he says the book is about B-47s, but he touches on the family life enough that I wish there was a little more of it. More sobering is his accounts of some of the many accidents towards the back of the book. Many people paid the ultimate price in this machine. It was a dangerous life. All in all, a good, honest read of life in the Air Force during the height of the Cold War. And no, I have never met Mr. Malucci or even heard of him before finding this book. I add this only because some ‘reviews’ seem questionable to me. But this is the real deal, a great, personal recollection of the times. Tom Hanley, author of “Flyboys.”< Less
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Product Details

Louis Malucci
June 20, 2007
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.43 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.25 wide x 10.75 tall
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