Hidden Warbirds II: More Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft (Hardcover)
The continuation of World War II's most intriguing new aviation series.
In Hidden Warbirds II, the engaging follow-up to the critically acclaimed Hidden Warbirds, aviation historian Nicholas A. Veronico further explores the romantic era of World War II warbirds and the stories of some of its most famous wrecks and recoveries. The long-lost aircraft featured in this much-anticipated sequel include a Hawker Tempest being restored in Texas; the sole surviving Brewster F3A Corsair, rescued from a swamp; and a Junkers 88 recovered from the icy waters of Norway. Throughout the book, Veronico provides a history of each aircraft, as well as the unique story behind each discovery and recovery, all accompanied by incredible documentary photographs. With over 150 of these photographs, depicting more than 20 warbird stories spanning the world, Hidden Warbirds II triumphantly continues a nonfiction series that renowned military author Alan Griffith calls "a fascinating joy to read."
About the Author
Nicholas A. Veronico has written extensively on US naval operations in World War II on the sea and in the air. He is the author of Hidden Warbirds (Zenith, 2013), Hidden Warbirds II (Zenith, 2013), Battlestations: American Warships in WWII (Motorbooks, 2001), and World War II Shipyards of the Bay Area (Arcadia Publishing, 2007), as well as F4U Corsair (Motorbooks, 1994) and Convair PB4Y-2/P4Y-2 Privateer (Ginter Books, 2012). In addition, he appeared on the TV series Life After People in the 2010 episode "Take Me To Your Leader," providing history and commentary on the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard near San Francisco, California.
Praise for Hidden Warbirds II: More Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft…
"Nicholas Veronico, the author of Hidden Warbirds as well as Hidden Warbirds II, is easy going and brimming with knowledge â?? especially whenever relic warbird finding (wreckchasing) arises in the conversation. Hidden Warbirds was reviewed earlier, and what a great read it is with its variety of warbirds, places, people and stories. Happily, a sequel is slated for release this June and it is greatly promising indeed." - SeattlePI.com
"Hunting for hidden treasures has always had wide appeal, but Nicholas A. Veronico brings entirely new dimensions to the genre. He provides in fascinating detail the past, present, and future of a number of great subjectsâ??fascinating vintage airplanes rescued from locations such as the English Channel, a frozen lake in Norway, and more. Hidden Warbirds II is a fundamental contribution to aviation history, well researched and well written, as easy to read as a novel, and absolutely loaded with facts." - Walter J. Boyne, USAF (ret.), author/historian and former director, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
"His passion for history and accuracy has produced another book devoted to World War II's historic aircraft wrecks without a bias. Each recovery has its own unique story and Veronico's writing refreshingly brings the reader each story. Hidden Warbirds II is rich and the reader is rewarded many times with each page. In fact, this book could serve as the only source for this blog for the remainder of 2014!" - Travel for Aircraft Blog
"Hidden Warbirds II continues the fascinating stories about these iconic aircraft that began in the critically acclaimed Hidden WArbirds. Illustrated throughout with more than 150 photos, including archival images and notably the before and after's as well as restorations, these Warbirds' stories have been painstakingly collected here in this outstanding follow up volume." - Warbird Digest
"Global and fraught with risk, the adventure stories in Hidden Warbirds II would do Indiana Jones proud. From icy Norway to the steamy outback, we are there, witnesses to epic treasure hunts and moreâ??the race to save the history of brave men." - Adam Makos, New York Times best-selling author of A Higher Call
"exceptionally good reads â?? especially if you're fascinated by vintage aviation." - Silodrome.com
"What would a story look like if you began with a crusade to preserve the vanishing history of our greatest generation, added some modern-day Indiana Jonesâ??style archaeology and a global aviation scavenger hunt, and finished up with raise-from-the-dead restoration expertise that would shame an Egyptologist? The answer is Hidden Warbirds II. Once again Nicholas Veronico has provided a seamless blend of meticulous research and vibrant photography that documents some of the great archaeological adventures of our time." - Brad O'Connor, author of Stealth Fighter: A Year in the Life of an F-117 Pilot
"The well-illustrated book is full of very readable stories of amazingly ambitious recovery projects which have led to long lost aircraft being brought back to life in museums. Definitely a good read for anyone who would like their eyes opened to the fascinations of aircraft archaeology." - Air Britain magazine
"Nick's writing style is conversational and always engaging, and anyone who has the slightest interest in vintage aircraft is bound to find the stories of discovery in Hidden Warbirds II completely absorbing." - WarbirdsNews.com