Jet Age Man: SAC B-47 and B-52 Operations in the Early Cold War
Nominated as Best Military History Book 2013 in the prestigious journal Air Power History, published by the US Air Force Historical Foundation
The events in Jet Age Man took place during the early Cold War, an era that will go down as a period when civilization teetered on the edge of the abyss. To some, nuclear deterrence appeared as utter madness, and was in fact commonly referred to as M.A.D. The concept of Mutually Assured Destruction provoked protests and marches, and the architect of M.A.D, General Curtis LeMay, became a symbol of madness himself.
Raised during those turbulent times, most contemporary historians conclude that we were lucky to have survived. What they fail to recognize is that for LeMay and the thousands of Cold War warriors who fought and won while serving in the Strategic Air Command, the proof of concept lies not in the "what if?" but in the reality, "what did." Historically, M.A.D. succeeded where appeasement, diplomacy and even hot wars failed. When The Wall came down, strength, not weakness, had prevailed.
Most of this story takes place in the Cold War trenches of the Strategic Air Command. It is about those who served and the many who died, told by someone who, as a young man, literally held the fate of all mankind within reach of a switch. More particularly, this is a story of man's interaction with two bombers that changed the course of political history, and were perhaps the most influential aircraft in the annals of aircraft development.
The author piloted and instructed in both the B-47 and the B-52, starting out as a copilot in the B-47, then aircraft commander and finally, instructor pilot in both aircraft. Jet Age Man chronicles his fifteen-year relationship with the B-47 and the aircraft the B-47 became, the B-52 - a bomber still in service today.
“Read Mac McGill’s fine book and discover what aircrew dedication in SAC was able to accomplish. Without a doubt, they kept the Cold War cold, and I salute them all!”
Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., Major General, USAF Ret.
"...really remarkable, I enjoyed it immensely..." Walter Boyne, Aviation History
Military historians will be grateful to McGill for his precise account of his personal experiences as a member of SAC, as well as the overall picture, and his account of the development and deployment of two iconic aircraft whose roles in the success of the West he feels cannot be overestimated.
Tucson's AZ Daily Star
- Author: Casemate Publishers
- Publication Date: 2012-10-19
- Publisher: Casemate Publishers
- Product Group: Book
- Manufacturer: Casemate Publishers
- Binding: Hardcover, 288 pages
- Item Dimensions:
- Dimensions: 114L x 634W x 933H
- Weight: 146
- Package Dimensions:
- Dimensions: 929L x 606W x 134H
- Weight: 150
- List Price: $49.95
- ISBN: 1907677461
- ASIN: 1907677461
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