Do you want to get an up-close look at some of the rarest airplanes in the world? Are you curious about combat aircraft from World War ll? ln deluxe hard-back volumes, Flying Warbirds brings U.S., British, German, Russian and Japanese fighting planes from the 1930s and 1940s together, complete with detailed photographs to delight every aeronautics connoisseur.The airplanes at the Flying Heritage Collection were created at a time when aeronautical discovery had evolved to aviation mastery. Finely crafted by distinguished design bureaus with the leading technologies of the ‘1930s and 1940s, the main emphasis of the collection includes combat aircraft from World War ll.
ln 1998, Paul G. Allen began acquiring and preserving these iconic warriors and workhorses, many of which are the last of their kind. Allen’s passion for aviation and history, and his awareness of the increasing rarity of original WWll aircraft, motivated him to restore these artifacts to the highest standard of authenticity.Periodically, one or more of the exhibits are temporarily absent to participate in an event, for maintenance, or for continuing restoration. Experience one of the world’s top airplane collections any time you like through Flying Warbirds.Photographs include cockpit shots, exterior museum shots, historic photographs, and breathtaking contemporary flying shots from photographers like award-winning John Dibbs. Flying Warbirds is the definitive guide to everything you want to know about this fascinating period in aeronautics and military history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cory Graff is the Military Aviation Historian at the Flying Heritage Collection museum in
Everett, Washington. ln his free time, he works on aviation-related history projects, including exhibits and books. His articles have been published in Air & Space Smithsonian magazine and the Museum of Flight’s Aloft magazine. Graff is the author of five previous aviation books, including Shot to Hell: The Stories and Photos of Ravaged WWllWarbirds, Strike and Return: American Air Power and the Fight for lwo Jima, and P-47 Thunderbolt at War. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
ABOUT ZENITH PRESS
Zenith Press publishes historical non-fiction in narrative, illustrated and graphic
formats. Building on a core of 19th and 20th century military history in America, Zenith also publishes titles on the history of aviation, technology and science, and also in selected areas of cultural and social history – all with a distinctly American angle. From a narrative of a famed American WWll flying squadron to an illustrated celebration of NASA’s famed Space Shuttle program to a cultural history of moonshine in the 19th and 20th centuries, Zenith books are engaging American stories with a firm historical foundation.